December 30, 2013 RSS feed / Maine

AP’s top Maine story: Medicaid expansion

Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s clash with Democratic lawmakers over whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act ended with his veto — and a vow by Democrats to try again.  More...

Sanford home heavily damaged by fire

SANFORD (AP) — A fire in Sanford has destroyed a home and killed two dogs.  Officials say the blaze broke out in the kitchen of the single- family Putnam Street home just before 1 p.m. More...

About 5,500 without power in Maine

PORTLAND (AP) — About 5,500 Maine homes and businesses remain without power.  Most of the current outages were caused by a weekend storm that dropped more than a foot of snow in some areas, but about 1,000 outages were left over from an ic More...

Falling ice closes bridge overnight

VERONA ISLAND (AP) — The Penobscot Narrows Bridge will be closed until at least this morning after reports of large chunks of ice falling off the cables and damaging cars.  More...

Federal court no-show forfeits $100K

AUGUSTA (AP) — One of 22 defendants in a drug ring operating between New York and central Maine has forfeited his $100,000 bond after failing to show up for two court hearings.  Chief Justice John A. More...

Harpswell Board of Selectman meeting rescheduled for 3 p.m.

The Harpswell Board of Selectman special meeting has been re-sheduled from the planned 9 a.m. time to 3 p.m. this afternoon, Dec. 30. More...

Conn. man charged with station break-in

BANGOR (AP) — A Connecticut man is facing charges in Maine after allegedly breaking into a locked bus station in Bangor on Christmas Day.  More...

Ex-Troy clerk to spend 3 months in jail

BELFAST (AP) — Troy’s former town clerk has been sentenced to three months in jail for stealing more than $18,000 from the community.  Kathleen Mattingly was ordered Thursday in Waldo County Superior Court to serve 90 days of a three More...

Slow storm recovery in Hancock County

ELLSWORTH ( AP) — Maine utility officials say the ice storm that started last weekend doesn’t compare to the infamous ice storm of 1998. But it’s plenty bad in Hancock County.  More...

Bangor utility crew threatened

BANGOR (AP) — Maine utility officials say most customers are being patient as power restoration efforts continue following an ice storm. More...

‘The Way We Get By’ troop greeter dies

BANGOR ( AP) — Bill Knight, a World War II Navy veteran whose volunteer work greeting soldiers at Bangor International Airport was featured in a documentary has died. He was 91.  Gov. More...

Utility cancels planned outage

LEE (AP) — A Maine utility is cancelling a planned outage so crews can focus on restoring power to those who lost it during the weekend ice storm.  More...

UMF interested in natural gas

FARMINGTON (AP) — A plan to bring a natural gas pipeline from Jay to Farmington is getting a boost from the University of Maine at Farmington, which has formally announced its interest in becoming a customer.  More...

DHHS: Pot can’t be used for Tourette’s

PORTLAND (AP) — Public health officials have denied an Ellsworth man’s request to use marijuana legally to treat his Tourette’s syndrome.  The Maine Department of Health and Human Services this week denied a request by Dr. More...

May be Friday before power back in Maine

LITCHFIELD   Some homes and businesses from Maine to Michigan and into Canada that have been without electricity since last weekend’s ice may not get their power back for another day — or longer.  More...

Lawmakers seek better DEP oversight

AUGUSTA (AP) — Lawmakers are preparing measures that would tighten oversight of the state Department of Environmental Protection following allegations last summer of failure to adequately implement or enforce certain environmental laws.  H More...

Flooring company destroyed in fire

WATERVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a Christmas Day fire that destroyed a flooring business and injured the owner was caused by careless disposal of wood ash.  More...

Police out in full force over holidays

AUGUSTA (AP) — State police departments are beefing up their patrols over the holiday season in an effort to stymie drunken driving.  Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says about 70 police departments across the More...

Officials warn about charity group scams

AUGUSTA (AP) — State officials are urging residents to be cautious when making charitable donations this holiday season.  More...

Mainers sign up for insurance before deadline

AUGUSTA   Groups helping Mainers figure out their health insurance options on the federal marketplace said Monday that they’re keeping busy ahead of the looming coverage deadlines.  The deadline to sign up on the federal marketplace f More...