March 22, 2013 RSS feed / Maine

Strong gets 20 days in Zumba sex case

PORTLAND (AP) — An insurance agent who helped run a prostitution operation out of his mistress’s Zumba studio and watched sex videos made with a hidden camera will serve 20 days in jail for a scandal that rocked a seaside community better More...

LePage unveils bond bill

AUGUSTA (AP) — As he proposed a $100 million bond issue bill for transportation projects Thursday, Gov. Paul LePage turned up the heat on Democrats to move on his plan to pay a Medicaid debt to the state’s hospitals.  More...

Furloughs delayed for shipyard workers

KITTERY (AP) — Maine’s U.S. senators say an announcement by the Defense Department that it will delay furlough notices for civilian employees is encouraging and timely for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and other defense facilities.  More...

Byron official faces recall over gun plan

BYRON (AP) — Some residents of a small western Maine town that made national news when voters were asked whether every home should be required to have a gun have launched an effort to recall a town official who supported the proposal.  More...

Man leads police on 110 mph chase

PORTLAND (AP) — A Warren man, who led police on a car chase that reached speeds of 110 miles per hour before he crashed, is facing a variety of charges.  The chase Thursday on Interstate 295 started when a state trooper responding to repor More...

Home sales dip in Maine due to weather

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — Real estate agents say sales of existing single-family homes in Maine fell 5 percent in February from a year ago because of severe weather, but the sales prices for those homes went up.  More...

High prices expected as elver season opens

PORTLAND (AP) — Hundreds of fishermen are lining Maine rivers for the start of eel fishing season.   High prices are expected when the season kicks off today. More...

LePage put off by gas company’s action

AUGUSTA (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage says he’s disappointed by a gas company’s action he says will lock Maine contractors out of a construction project.  More...

Group wants pot legal in Portland

PORTLAND (AP) — A petition drive has been launched in Maine’s largest city calling for an ordinance to legalize possession of up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana for people 21 and older.   More...

Passadumkeag Ridge wind farm approved

AUGUSTA (AP) — A vote by Maine’s Board of Environmental Protection gives a Texas-based company the goahead to develop a 14-turbine wind farm atop Passadumkeag Ridge in Grand Falls Township.  More...

Maine to get $9M for conservation efforts

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. More...

Maine seeks 10-year guarantee on future Medicaid expansion

AUGUSTA   The LePage administration is asking the federal government to pick up 100 percent of Maine’s costs of expanding Medicaid for 10 years, if Maine is to agree to the expansion through the national health insurance law.  More...

Group rallies for expanded coverage

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — A newly formed Maine coalition is launching its campaign in support of expanded Medicaid coverage in the state.  The Cover Maine Now Coalition says it’s comprised of more than 70 groups.  More...

Barring catastrophe, Collins will run again

WASHINGTON   Only catastrophic illness could prevent her from running for re-election, Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said this week.  More...

6 bills become law without signature

AUGUSTA (AP) — Gov. More...

Boy killed by plow truck driven by father

GREENE (AP) — Maine State Police say a young boy has died after being struck by a snow plow truck driven by his father.  Police say 6-year-old Nathan Capponi was pronounced dead Wednesday morning after being taken to Central Maine Medical More...

Maine seeks to close day care center

NORRIDGEWOCK (AP) — The state is seeking to permanently shut down a Norridgewock child care facility run by a woman whose husband has been charged with unlawful sexual contact with three children who attended the center.  More...

No one hurt as plane flips in Newburgh

NEWBURGH (AP) — Authorities say no one was hurt when a small plane outfitted with skis instead of wheels flipped over on a snowy Newburgh airfield.  The private single-engine plane flipped onto its roof at about 3 p.m. Wednesday.  More...

Escapee surrenders to police, charged

ALFRED (AP) — A 31-yearold Maine man has surrendered to police nearly two days after escaping while being placed under arrest.  The York County Sheriff ’s Department says Kevin Lawlor of Standish turned himself in Tuesday night. More...

Woman pulled over for fake license plate

ALBANY TOWNSHIP (AP) — It wasn’t just a fake license plate that a Maine state trooper spotted on the back of an Albany Township woman’s minivan, it was a very poorly drawn one.  More...