March 14, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

Lawsuit alleges there is corrupt, harassing culture in Maine office

AUGUSTA   Two former employees of Maine’s Office of Information Technology have filed a federal lawsuit alleging the agency has a culture of corruption and sexual harassment.  More...

MATTRESS RACES

ADAM ARMINGTON of Lovell, Maine, right, holds on as his team goes airborne as they cross the finish line during The Mattress Race at the Shawnee Peak ski area, Saturday in Bridgton. More...

Maine U.S. attorney is now out of a job

Delahanty ousted by Trump administration

PORTLAND   U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty was ousted Monday while out of the office as part of the Trump administration’s effort to clean out the previous administration’s appointees.  More...

Unemployment rate lowest since 2001

AUGUSTA (AP) — The state’s unemployment rate in January was Maine’s lowest since 2001.  Preliminary Maine Department of Labor figures show a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.5 percent in January. More...

Blind woman says she and her guide dog were kicked off plane

FRANKLIN (AP) — A blind woman from Maine says she and her service dog were kicked off an American Airlines flight after she requested a different seat.  More...

Report: Tax credits spur investment, but reform suggested

AUGUSTA (AP) — A new state report is praising and also raising questions about a tax credit program that directed millions of dollars to a paper mill that shut down within 14 months. More...

Court keeps alive lawsuit by Oakhurst drivers

PORTLAND (AP) — The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston has kept alive a lawsuit by Oakhurst Dairy drivers seeking more than $10 million in an overtime pay dispute.  More...

Officials: Man trying to save mom shoots intruder in chest

SIDNEY (AP) — Police say a Rhode Island man forced his way into an 84-year-old Maine woman’s home before being shot in the chest during an altercation with her son.  More...

Police: Out of state teen threatened Maine high school

YARMOUTH (AP) — Police in Maine and North Carolina are investigating a 13-year-old boy after they say he made threats of a future shooting at Yarmouth High School on social media.  The Portland Press Herald reports the unidentified teen wh More...

Storm heads to Maine; up to 20 inches of snow

The same storm that’s expected to pummel New York City and Boston is also going to bring misery to northern New England.  The National Weather Service is forecasting a foot to 20 inches of snow across Maine and New Hampshire and most of Ve More...

Drop in herring a mystery as bait price booms

ROCKLAND Maine’s booming lobster industry has a big problem involving a little fish. The state’s iconic lobster fishery is healthy, having set records for volume and value in 2016. More...

Maine hopes to keep bringing more tourists

AUGUSTA (AP) — Vacationland could always use some more tourists.  Expanding the state’s tourism industry to help Mainers prosper is the subject of a two-day conference set to begin Tuesday.  Workshops will focus on a proposed el More...

Help is available for problem gambling, experts say

AUBURN (AP) — The urge to gamble despite negative consequences is a challenge but experts say there’s hope.  Treatment providers and others will examine the role of technology and emerging trends in problem gambling during a Monday c More...

Chief pilot retires after 40 years

AUGUSTA (AP) — A pilot who logged 26,000 hours of flight time in 40 years says he won’t be grounded after retiring as chief pilot of Maine Instrument Flight in Augusta. More...

Dear history buffs: Your state needs you

AUGUSTA (AP) — Anyone who loves getting lost in historical documents has a chance to help out the state on a new online project.  The Maine State Archives and Maine State Library are working on a transcription project to make Maine’s More...

Woman, 3-year-old son, killed in crash with school bus

NORRIDGEWOCK (AP) — Authorities say a woman and her toddler son were killed when her car was struck by a school bus in Norridgewock.  More...

Hiker finds body of Newfield man missing since February

NEWFIELD (AP) — The York County sheriff ’s office say a hiker found the body of a man who had been missing since early February.  Thirty-four-year-old John Scabia of Newfield was last seen Feb. More...

Proposal to protect Maine farm animals likely to fail

PORTLAND   A proposal designed to protect farm animals in Maine from animal cruelty appears likely to fail after opposition from the dairy industry and a chilly reception from lawmakers.  More...

Falmouth man’s nonprofit seeks change to make change

FALMOUTH (AP) — A Falmouth man is launching a new nonprofit organization that aims to use pocket change to support housing, food security, education and other areas.  Founder Matt Hoidal tells The Portland Press Herald that World of Change More...

Ex-treasurer going to prison for stealing from food pantry

FARMINGTON (AP) — The former treasurer of a Farmington food pantry has been sentenced to 30 days in prison for stealing more than $300,000 from the organization over more than a decade.  Mary O’Donal pleaded guilty last month to writ More...