May 14, 2013 RSS feed / Maine

LePage, union trade barbs

Gov.: State workers’ union ‘lying’ about shutdown talk

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Wind turbine fire under investigation

PORTLAND (AP) — An investigation into the cause of a fire that destroyed a wind turbine at New England’s largest wind farm is expected to wrap up within a month.  More...

Effort to trim welfare fails by partisan vote

AUGUSTA   Proposals by Gov. Paul Le- Page that would bar food stamp recipients from using benefits to buy junk food and make convicted drug felons ineligible for public aid were rejected in party-line committee votes Thursday.  More...

Agencies OK to start planning for climate change

AUGUSTA   A state legislative committee voted Thursday to put Maine back on track to develop a finished plan for adapting to its changing climate.  More...

Advocate of mandatory guns survives recall by 1 vote

BYRON   An official who brought national attention to her small town for her support of a measure that would have required every home in town to have a gun has narrowly survived a recall effort. More...

Sub memorial stalls

KITTERY   A planning board has failed to approve a proposal for a park in honor of the men who died aboard the USS Thresher, which sank 220 miles off of Cape Cod 50 years ago.  The planning board in Kittery had concerns Thursday night about More...

LePage moves to lift cap on charter schools

Official at state teachers’ union calls the plan ‘dead in the water’

AUGUSTA   Gov. Paul LePage unveiled two new education proposals Thursday that are sure to stir controversy in the final weeks of the legislative session.  More...

Maine Dems unveil school plan

AUGUSTA (AP) — As Democratic lawmakers trumpeted their plan Wednesday to evaluate Maine’s public schools, Republican Gov. More...

Man, 56, dies while on Orono paving project

ORONO (AP) — Authorities say a man working on a road repaving project in Orono has died after being struck by a vehicle.  Police say Richard Thibodeau, 56, of Carmel was struck at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday while working on Forest Avenue. More...

Heating oil prices decrease in Maine

AUGUSTA (AP) — State energy officials say the price of heating oil has dropped to a statewide average $3.44 per gallon, 40 cents lower than the season’s peak price.  The Governor’s Energy Office on Wednesday attributed the fall More...

Chelsea man dies in motorcycle crash

MONMOUTH (AP) — Police say a Chelsea man has died after his motorcycle rolled over him as he rode through Monmouth.  Chief Kevin Mulherin says Bruce Morgan, 48, and another motorcyclist were riding through town at about 9 p.m. More...

Maine wardens, DOT issue moose warning

AUGUSTA (AP) — It’s high season for moose on Maine highways.  The Maine departments of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Transportation are asking drivers to take extra precautions in May and June.  May and June are the most com More...

State education chief to visit tribal school

PRINCETON (AP) — Maine’s top education official is visiting schools in eastern and central Maine as part of his cross-state tour to observe innovative school programs in person.  More...

Casco Bay Bridge reopens to traffic

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s Casco Bay Bridge in Portland has reopened to traffic after a draw bridge malfunctioned.  The northbound lanes of bridge that crosses from South Portland to Portland were closed for about two hours on Wednesda More...

Wildfire hits remote eastern Maine area

MACHIAS (AP) — Maine forest rangers are fighting a wildfire in a remote area Down East.  WCSH-TV reports that the fire has consumed about 100 acres of growth in an unorganized township near Cherryfield.  The wildfire in T18 MD is nea More...

3 charter schools approved in Maine

AUGUSTA (AP) — A state oversight board has approved three more charter schools in Maine.  The Charter School Commission on Tuesday signed public charter school contracts for Baxter Academy for Technology and Sciences in Portland, the Fiddl More...

FAA won’t eliminate Bangor overnight shift

BANGOR (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has decided that it won’t eliminate the overnight air traffic control shift at Bangor International Airport.  The FAA announced Wednesday that more than 70 towers, including the one i More...

House OKs bills to limit ethanol sales

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine House has given initial approval to bills that would ban the sale of ethanol in Maine or limit its use to a 5 percent blend.  Passage on Tuesday followed brief debates in which supporters said using cornbased ethan More...

LePage tours fire damage in Lewiston

LEWISTON (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage had harsh words on Tuesday for two boys accused of setting two of three major fires downtown but offered no promises of assistance for more than 180 people displaced from their homes.  More...

Housing fair slated for fire victims

AUGUSTA (AP) — A housing fair to help people displaced from their homes by recent fires in Lewiston is being held by Maine state agencies.  The event is scheduled for this afternoon at the Lewiston office of the Maine Department of Health More...