January 13, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

LePage takes message to cordial outlets, ignores other media

AUGUSTA   Republican Gov. Paul LePage has gone three months without a press conference and has retreated to friendly talk-radio stations and conservative online outlets.  More...

Document: Son admits killing parents, family dog

WINTHROP (AP) — Newly released court documents say a Maine couple slain last fall died of stab wounds. Andrew Balcer is accused of killing Antonio and Alice Balcer in their Winthrop home on Halloween. More...

Nonprofit buys site of ex-paper mill for $1

MILLINOCKET (AP) — A nonprofit dedicated to community and economic development in the Katahdin region has bought a paper mill site in Millinocket for $1. More...

Fire destroys Durham home

House is lost, but no injuries reported

DURHAM At least seven fire departments responded to a fire Wednesday that destroyed a home in Durham. Durham Fire Chief Bill St. Michel said the department received a call at around 3:30 p.m. More...

Patten to host iPad workshops for seniors

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Program’s cozy relationship to supplier raises concerns

Agreement between state energy group, electricity supplier calls into question benefits of membership for taxpayers

GARDINER Finance Director Denise Brown knows how to shop for a bargain. Budgets here are always tight, and Brown prides herself on stretching the dollars of the city’s 5,800 taxpayers as far as she can. More...

Maine Legislature to look at state’s new minimum wage law

LEBANON A couple of days after Maine’s new minimum wage went into effect, Stephanie Harding, owner of Dee’s Route 202 Diner made some difficult decisions. More...

Investigation ongoing in Woolwich storage burglary

WOOLWICH   The Sagadahoc County Sheriff ’s Office continues to investigate the burglary of several storage units at Woolwich Self Storage in the early hours last week.  The sheriff ’s office were alerted to the burglary Jan. More...

Bowdoin College to unveil rare photo of Lincoln’s inauguration

BRUNSWICK (AP) — A Maine college is set to unveil a rare photograph of President Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration from 1861.  The Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick acquired the photo at auction in October and will unveil it Th More...

LePage to GOP legislators: ‘Fix bayonets’ on budget

AUGUSTA Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday called upon fellow Republicans in the Maine Legislature to “fix bayonets” and battle with him for his final two-year budget proposal. More...

Lawmakers: Maine needs more time to implement legal pot

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine lawmakers say they want to give the state more time to implement rules regulating the sale of marijuana for personal use.  Residents of the state narrowly passed legalization in November. More...

Bystander, police officer save 2 dogs from burning car

WATERBORO (AP) — Authorities say a bystander and a police officer saved two dogs from a burning car in Waterboro.  The York County Sheriff ’s Office says a passerby saw a car on fire in the parking lot of a grocery store on Wednesday More...

No probe in wife’s ’93 death after dad kills daughter, self

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Bill seeks to crack down on frauds that target seniors

PORTLAND (AP) — A Maine U.S. senator is introducing federal legislation designed to crack down on fraud that targets seniors.  More...

Portland police look for info about seven-year-old killing

PORTLAND (AP) — Police in Portland are seeking information to help solve a 7-year-old killing.  Police say Darien Richardson and Cory Girard were shot while sleeping in Richardson’s apartment on Jan. 8, 2010. More...

Governor says there’s less of him to hate: He lost 50 pounds

PORTLAND   Gov. Paul LePage says he had weight loss surgery and jokes now “there’s 50 less pounds of me to hate.”  The fiery Republican revealed the bariatric surgery on Wednesday on Portland-based WLOB-FM. More...

Value of quasi-state electricity program questioned

Investigations reveals lack of transparency, little oversight and raises questions about spending of up to $500 million in public funds

AUGUSTA After a scandal at the Maine Turnpike Authority in 2011 landed its director in prison on theft charges, Maine lawmakers of both parties vowed to increase supervision of such quasi-state agencies. More...

Boston PowerOptions is a larger, more transparent version of MPO

Following deregulation, which forced municipalities, school districts and other state nonprofits to shop the open market for electricity just like homeowners or private businesses, several other northeastern states have formed groups similar to Maine More...

Protesters target Sen. Susan Collins’ Sessions support

PORTLAND   Demonstrators gathered in Maine on Tuesday as Republican Sen. Susan Collins introduced President elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general before the U.S. Judiciary Committee.  More...

Senator renews push for cyber-attack protection

PORTLAND (AP) — A pair of senators including Maine's Sen. Angus King is renewing its efforts to get protections for the country's energy infrastructure against cyber-attacks.  King, an independent, is partnering with Idaho Republican Sen. More...