April 7, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

Maine recovers jobs after recession

Aging workers a concern

PORTLAND   The state’s economy is back to where it was before the recession when it comes to jobs, a feat some economists thought might be impossible because of its shrinking workforce.  More...

Pierce talks mining, environment with resources council in Woolwich

WOOLWICH The Natural Resources Council of Maine held a constituent meeting on Wednesday with Rep. Jeffrey Pierce, R-Dresden, to discuss environmental legislation being considered this session. More...

WCSH-TV meteorologist missing since Monday found dead

AUBURN — According to multiple published reports, WCSH-TV meteorologist Tom Johnston was found dead in Auburn Thursday. His death is being investigated as a suicide.   Johnston, of Old Orchard Beach, had been missing since Monday.  More...

UMaine wants to train more lawyers for rural parts of state

PORTLAND (AP) — The University of Maine School of Law is looking to train more lawyers for the vast rural parts of the state. More...

King a member of new working forest caucus in Senate

BANGOR (AP) — Maine Sen. Angus King is among a group of U.S. senators that is launching a new Senate Working Forest Caucus that is designed to protect jobs in the forest products industry.  More...

Federal officers arrest asylum seeker in Maine courthouse

PORTLAND (AP) — Federal immigration officers have detained an asylum seeker when he appeared in court to answer a drunken driving charge in Maine.  More...

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has $756M economic impact

KITTERY (AP) — A group that advocates for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard said the submarine overhaul facility had an economic impact of $756 million last year.  More...

Legislators weigh changes to voter-approved minimum wage

AUGUSTA   Lawmakers could make changes to a voter-approved minimum wage law to require employers to pay tipped workers the minimum wage, regardless of how much they make in tips.  More...

Man pleads guilty to trafficking illegally harvested eels

NORFOLK, Virginia (AP) — A New York seafood dealer has pleaded guilty to federal charges of trafficking more than $150,000 worth of baby eels.  Federal prosecutors say Tommy Water Zhou, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of i More...

Westbrook’s former tax collector sentenced

WESTBROOK (AP) — A 52-year-old Maine woman who at one time served as Westbrook’s tax collector will serve six months behind bars for embezzling $118,000 from city coffers.  The Portland Press Herald reports the U.S. More...

Legislation weighs climate change views

AUGUSTA (AP) — A bill that would prohibit discriminating against people based on their beliefs about climate change is up for a hearing in Augusta.  More...

Collins says Gorsuch talks at impasse

LEWISTON (AP) — Maine Sen. Susan Collins says there is no reason for Democrats to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, and she believes negotiations between the parties have stalled.  More...

Medication to hasten death under review

AUGUSTA (AP) — Doctors in Maine are divided on state legislation that would allow them to prescribe medication that a patient may self-administer to hasten death.  More...

Maine man accused of stealing lobster

VINALHAVEN (AP) — A Maine lobsterman is accused of stealing more than 200 pounds of the crustaceans along with a small motor boat on Vinahaven.  Jason Marriner, 48, has been charged with theft, unauthorized use of property and receiving st More...

8 overdoses occur over 24-hour period

PORTLAND (AP) — Police say first responders in Portland were called to assist in eight suspected nonfatal drug overdoses over a roughly 24- hour period that occurred earlier this week.  The Portland Press Herald reports that most of the vi More...

Ambassador to Somalia to visit Maine high school

PORTLAND (AP) — The U.S.’s ambassador to Somalia is visiting Maine this week and plans to stop by a Portland high school. More...

Lawmakers to hear assisted suicide bills

AUGUSTA (AP) — Two bills would allow Maine doctors to prescribe medication that a patient may self-administer to hasten death. More...

Former students withdraw lawsuit against program

AUGUSTA (AP) — Former nursing students have withdrawn their lawsuit against a California company that ran a Maine-licensed nursing program.  More...

More snow in northern New England

(AP) — A spring storm brought heavy rain and in some places more snow to northern New England.  A storm threatened to drop up to a foot of snow Tuesday in northwestern Maine and northern New Hampshire but the National Weather Service downg More...

Woman who attacked ‘lazy’ boyfriend with hammer gets prison

AUBURN (AP) — A Maine woman who attacked her then-boyfriend with a claw hammer because he was “lazy” is going to prison for 15 months. More...