February 21, 2018 RSS feed / Maine

Aquaculture project could lift status of U.S. salmon farming

PORTLAND A Norwegian firm’s plan to build one of the world’s largest inland salmon aquaculture facilities in Maine has a chance to raise American salmon farming’s status on the international stage, people who follow the industry sa More...

Food workers union, Hannaford owners will come to table for talks

PORTLAND A food workers union and the owner of a distributor in Maine say they will meet to try to avert a strike. More...

LePage urges judge to retire, wants to appoint conservative

AUGUSTA (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is attacking a justice for not fulfilling an apparent promise to retire so the governor can fill his seat with a more conservative judge.  More...

Maine lawmakers to consider delaying proficiency diplomas

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine lawmakers are set to consider delaying a system aimed at making sure high school graduates are proficient in key subject areas.  The Legislature’s education and cultural affairs committee is set to hold a work se More...

City council mulls banning contractors with violent pasts

BANGOR (AP) — A Maine city councilor says she is looking into how Bangor could cut ties with contractors previously convicted of violent crimes. More...

South Portland approves regulations of short-term rentals

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — A Maine city council has approved sweeping regulations for short-term home rentals offered by websites like Airbnb.  The regulations approved Tuesday by the South Portland City Council will ban non-hosted stays in res More...

Stephen King in tweet slams congressman as ‘NRA sweetheart’

AUGUSTA (AP) — Author Stephen King on Tuesday called a Maine congressman an “NRA sweetheart” for receiving thousands of dollars from the gun rights advocacy group.  More...

Bates tops small college rankings for Fulbright students

LEWISTON (AP) — Bates College has been named the top producer of Fulbright students among the nation’s small liberal arts colleges.  More...

Ruling in murder trial stemming from 1980 cold case Thursday

BANGOR (AP) — A judge will announce her decision later this week in the case of a murder charge stemming from a decades-old death in Maine. More...

Conditions mixed for ski industry

MONTPELIER, Vt.   Conditions are mixed heading into one of the biggest weeks of the season for the region’s ski industry, but there is snow on the ground and resorts still expect people to hit the slopes.  More...

Scientists say new fishing technology could save whales

FALMOUTH (AP) — Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are urging New England lobstermen to begin using new technology to help prevent the deaths of rare right whales.  More...

250 Hannaford workers to strike in Maine

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — A food workers union that represents employees at a Maine distribution center says it has rejected a contract proposal and will go on strike.  The 250 workers are members of United Food and Commercial   More...

Lobster emoji gets 2 more legs following design complaints

AUGUSTA (AP) — After an outcry, the organization that controls the release of emojis has added two more legs to the forthcoming lobster emoji to make it correct.  More...

RR company seeks to restore aged, damaged locomotive

HANCOCK (AP) — A Maine railroad company is undertaking heavy restoration for an iconic locomotive.  More...

Future of Portland ocean terminal up for discussion

PORTLAND (AP) — Officials with Maine’s largest city are reaching out to residents to discuss possible redevelopment plans for an ocean terminal building on the city’s waterfront.  The building in question is the Portland Ocean More...

Principal resigns amid conflict over new school start times

SCARBOROUGH (AP) — The principal of a Maine high school has resigned suddenly without giving a public reason as a dispute is roiling in the community about new school start times.  More...

Trump once again wants to cut LIHEAP

PORTLAND   The Trump administration is once again calling for the complete elimination of a heating assistance program that helps to keep the homes of low-income families warm. And once again, program supporters are vowing to fight it.  More...

Bill would make it harder to get citizen proposals on ballot

AUGUSTA Maine lawmakers may make it tougher for citizens to get questions on ballots as Gov. Paul LePage this week renewed his call to reform a system he’s called too representative of liberal leaning Mainers. More...

GOP director takes sole responsibility for website

AUGUSTA   The Maine Republican Party’s executive director told a state ethics commission that he alone was responsible for running an anonymous website that published articles Democrats said slandered their unsuccessful local candidate.&nb More...

Critics: Maine slow to expand opioid care for uninsured

AUGUSTA Five uninsured Mainers benefited last year from a multi-million-dollar plan that was supposed to help combat the opioid crisis by expanding treatment to as many as 400 individuals with or without insurance. More...