June 12, 2013 RSS feed / Maine

New casino has $65M in revenues

PORTLAND (AP) — The state’s newest casino generated more than $65 million in net revenues in its first year of operation, topping its original projections as well as the revenues of the state’s more established casino.  More...

Portland panhandling rule moves forward

PORTLAND (AP) — Portland is a step closer to barring panhandlers from standing on traffic medians while asking for handouts.  The Public Safety, Health and Human Services Committee voted 4-0 on Tuesday in favor of an amendment to the Portl More...

Concealed weapons bill fails by one vote

AUGUSTA (AP) — A bill that would allow Maine residents to carry a concealed firearm without a permit has been defeated in the state House of Representatives by one vote.  The Kennebec Journal reports the bill failed 74-73 on Tuesday.  More...

Madawaska woman dies after car struck

MADAWASKA (AP) — Authorities say an 83-year-old Madawaska woman has died after her car was struck by a loaded logging truck.  Police Chief Carroll Theriault says Rella Cyr was turning into a church parking lot at about 2:30 p.m. More...

OOB voters oust 6 of 7 town councilors

OLD ORCHARD BEACH (AP) — Old Orchard Beach residents have voted six of seven town councilors out of office after months of turmoil following the firing of the town manager.  Voters on Tuesday ousted Councilors Sharri MacDonald, Laura Boldu More...

Baldacci to serve supper for fire victims

LEWISTON (AP) — Former Gov. John Baldacci is dishing out spaghetti to help people affected by a rash of apartment building fires in Lewiston.  Baldacci is hosting a spaghetti supper from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Lewiston High School. More...

Bill gives job seekers more protections

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine job seekers would get more protections from discrimination if a bill advancing through the Legislature passes.  The bill bars employers and employment agencies from advertising in print, on the Internet or in any other More...

Hospital debt bill back in play in Augusta

AUGUSTA (AP) — A plan to repay a debt of more than $480 million to Maine’s hospitals is back on the table in the Democratic-controlled Legislature.  Under a measure unanimously approved by the Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, th More...

Heating oil prices continue to fall

AUGUSTA (AP) — State energy officials say the price of heating oil continues to drop in Maine.  The Governor’s Energy Office said Tuesday that its weekly price survey pegs the statewide average price of oil at $3.38 gallon, down 5 ce More...

Genetically modified food labels bill OK’d

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine food retailers would have to put special labels on products that contain genetically modified ingredients, under a measure advanced by the House on Tuesday.  Maine residents have the right to know whether they’re More...

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MARCINE WEBB, 86, right, and his wife, Nita Lou Webb, from San Angelo, Texas, pose for a photo June 7 during a visit to the State House in Augusta to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary. More...

Maine pharmacy robberies fall nearly 80 percent

PORTLAND   The state is on pace to see a large drop in pharmacy robberies, but police are warning that one apparent reason for the decline is the increasing use of heroin.  Maine, which had a record 56 pharmacy robberies last year, has had More...

Candidate claims his signature was forged

FARMINGDALE (AP) — A candidate for selectman in Farmingdale is accusing his incumbent opponent of dirty tricks.  More...

Police ID Hampden man shot by officer

HAMPDEN (AP) — Police have released the name of the Hampden man shot and killed by police after pointing a gun at officers.  Chief Joe Rogers said Monday that 21-year-old Cameron Arrigoni was fatally shot by 20-year police department veter More...

N. Maine paper maker gets new owner

MADAWASKA (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage says the acquisition of an important employer in northern Maine is complete.  LePage is applauding the acquisition of Twin Rivers Paper by Blue Wolf Capital Partners and Atlas Holdings LLC. More...

Racers to get hands dirty at high school

PORTLAND (AP) — Two drivers participating in the New England 200 next month at New Hampshire Motor Speedway are going to get their hands dirty visiting a pair of Maine schools.  NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Alex Bowman and Parker Klige More...

Brick facade of building buckles

POTRLAND (AP) — A section of one of Portland’s busiest streets is closed after the brick facade of a downtown building pulled away from the main structure and bulged out.  Authorities say High Street between Congress and Deering stre More...

Portland fisherman goes missing

PORTLAND (AP) — Portland police are searching for a fisherman who disappeared from the commercial fishing boat on which he lives.  Police say 66-year-old George Manning was last seen at 4:30 a.m. More...

Fire marshal says man died in fire he likely set

FRENCHVILLE (AP) — The Maine Fire Marshal’s says a Frenchville man has died in a fire at his home that he likely set.  Authorities say 52-year-old Kenneth Clavet died Monday morning.  Investigators found several locations where More...

All-terrain vehicle fees may rise $5

AUGUSTA (AP) — All-terrain vehicle owners will pay $5 more in annual fees if a bill that’s received final House approval becomes law.  More...