May 4, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

Maine bill to protect bees withdrawn

Proposal faced ag business criticism

PORTLAND A bill designed to protect bees in Maine from a class of pesticides has been withdrawn in the wake of criticism from agricultural interests. More...

Bath Council approves facilities committee

Housing project under consideration

BATH The city council voted in favor of having a facilities committee oversee the review of buildings, parks and roadways throughout Bath and creating a master plan for sustainability and financing. More...

Dentist agrees to pay $90K for false claims

PORTLAND (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Maine dentist has entered into an agreement to pay $90,000 to resolve allegations that he submitted false claims to the state’s Medicaid program.  More...

Maine’s funding for court-appointed lawyers runs out

AUGUSTA (AP) — Attorneys in Maine appointed to defend people who can’t afford a lawyer will have to wait nearly two months to get paid after state funding ran out.  The Portland Press Herald reports court-appointed lawyers won’ More...

Documentary details recovery of soldier who lost all 4 limbs

MANCHESTER (AP) — A soldier who lost all four limbs during an explosion in Afghanistan and went on to start a foundation for veterans is sharing his story in a documentary on Netflix.   U.S. More...

Maine truck driver killed in crash on Ohio Turnpike

HOLIDAY CITY, Ohio (AP) — Police say a Maine truck driver has been killed in a crash in Ohio.  The Blade newspaper in Toledo reports 68-year-old Bruce Wichenbach was killed Wednesday on the Ohio Turnpike in Williams County. More...

Senators seek funds for state vets’ homes

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s U.S. senators are joining a group of colleagues to call for more funding for state veterans homes.  More...

Talks continue on offshore wind project

AUGUSTA (AP) — Legislators in Maine are reviewing arguments on a bill aimed at moving a wind energy project.  The Press Herald reports that testimony on the University of Maine’s offshore wind turbines was heard Tuesday. More...

Measure would block towns’ pesticide rules

AUGUSTA (AP) — Lawmakers in Maine are considering a bill that could remove ordinances aimed at restricting the use of pesticides in communities.  More...

Hepatitis C cases on the rise in Vermont

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Marijuana legalization bill passes Vt. House

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — By a margin of only four votes, the Vermont House passed a bill that could legalize recreational marijuana statewide, allowing citizens to grow and possess small amounts of marijuana. More...

Gov. LePage voices opposition to national monument

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Governor, attorney general trade barbs after lawsuit

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s Republican governor and Democratic attorney general are trading barbs a day after the governor filed a lawsuit accusing her of refusing to represent his administration’s positions.  Both Gov. More...

Elver lottery plan wins approval

AUGUSTA (AP) — A key committee of the Maine Legislature says it’s time for the state to institute a lottery system to bring new people into the baby eel fishery.  The Committee on Marine Resource voted Monday in favor of creation of More...

College leaders testify against campus firearms bill

AUGUSTA (AP) — Higher education leaders say campuses would be less safe if lawmakers pass a Maine Republican’s campus carry bill.  The bill wouldn’t let public universities, community colleges and Maine Maritime Academy regulat More...

Advocacy group appeals reduction in solar incentives

PORTLAND (AP) — An environmental advocacy group has filed an appeal to challenge Maine’s decision to decrease financial incentives for residential solar power projects.  More...

Mayor: Councilor’s Facebook post violates rules

SANFORD (AP) — Sanford’s mayor says a councilor’s Facebook post harshly criticizing another city employee is a violation of the council’s code of conduct.  Mayor Tom Cote told The Journal Tribune the post by Councilor Luc More...

Driver in fatal crash jailed again for violating probation

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Maine woman who pleaded guilty in a 2014 fatal car crash is being sent back to jail for violating her probation. More...

Bill tackles opioid crisis in rural Maine

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Republican’s bill tackles the opioid crisis in a rural Maine county with the state’s highest rate of drug overdose deaths.  Republican Sen. More...

State revenues forecast slightly down

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine state revenues are forecast to dip below previous projections this year, but jump in coming years.  The state revenue forecasting committee’s May report comes as lawmakers continue work on Republican Gov. More...