June 27, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

Dems: Budget row could affect Maine parks on holiday weekend

PORTLAND Maine Democrats expressed concern Monday that the state’s ongoing budget scuffle could result in state parks being closed on one of the biggest weekends of the year. More...

Insurer predicts thousands will leave health care market

PORTLAND (AP) — A major health insurance provider in Maine is predicting enrollment in the state’s Affordable Care Act insurance market will drop.  The Portland Press Herald reports Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield foresees an 11 pe More...

Father and son reel up rusted rifle

AUGUSTA (AP) — Police are trying to determine how a rusty bolt-action rifle ended up in the Kennebec River in Maine’s capital city.  More...

Lewiston to get more than $3M for lead abatement

LEWISTON (AP) — One of Maine’s largest cities will be receiving more than $3 million for lead abatement projects.  More...

Mail plane crashes

VINALHAVEN (AP) — Police say a small mail plane crashed on an island off the Maine coast, sending the pilot to a hospital.  The plane crashed in Vinalhaven on Monday morning. More...

Airline vet to lead Amtrak in a summer of repairs, reckoning

WASHINGTON A decade after setting Delta Air Lines on a postbankruptcy resurgence, the airline’s former chairman and chief executive officer is taking on another transportation challenge: Amtrak. More...

N.H. woman attacked, mauled by rabid bobcat

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Governor set on privately run psychiatric home

AUGUSTA   Republican Gov. More...

House votes spells doom for ranked choice amendment

AUGUSTA A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at fully implementing a ranked choice voting referendum approved by voters failed Friday to win a two-thirds majority in the Maine House, spelling doom for the amendment and again leaving the voting More...

PUC, FairPoint agree on settlement

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine utility regulators and Fair- Point Communications are in agreement on a $175,000 settlement after the company failed to meet performance benchmarks from 2014 to last year.  The state Public Utilities Commission's staff More...

Gov. Lepage signs food sovereignty bill into law

AUGUSTA   A new law will let Maine towns regulate local food production without requiring state and federal rules.  Republican Gov. Paul LePage recently signed Democratic Sen. Troy Jackson's bill into law. More...

Richmond police hosting youth bike rodeo Sunday

RICHMOND   Richmond Police Department will hold an annual youth bike rodeo Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the police station at the corner of High and Gardiner streets.  More...

Car snaps Harpswell utility pole

Power cut for repair

HARPSWELL   A Harpswell man apparently fell asleep at the wheel and struck a utility pole along Route 123 in Harpswell Thursday morning, according to police.  The crash was reported at approximately 9:20 a.m. More...

Bill would give preference to Maine, U.S. companies

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Democratic senator’s bill to give preference to Maine and U.S. companies in state contracts is receiving support in the Senate.  Lawmakers voted Thursday to approve Sen. More...

Kayaker found alive a day and a half after issuing mayday

MILBRIDGE (AP) — A Maine kayaker found by the U.S. More...

Maine lawmakers consider raising smoking age to 21

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Maine Republican’s bill to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 is headed to the House.  The Maine Senate on Thursday voted 31-4 against an effort to kill the bill.  The bill also expands the More...

Agents seize heroin/fentanyl, cocaine bound for Midcoast area

Drugs were to be sold in York County, Brunswick regions

SANFORD   Maine Drug Enforcement Agents seized nearly three pounds of cocaine and heroin/ fentanyl in Sanford Tuesday that were to be resold in the Brunswick area and York County, and arrested four men for drug trafficking.  The street valu More...

Soldier who lost 4 limbs opening retreat to help others

ROME Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills awoke in a hospital on his 25th birthday to learn that an explosion in Afghanistan had robbed him of all four limbs. He later told his wife to take their daughter and their belongings, and just go. More...

Rep. Pingree honored for sustainable food advocacy

PORTLAND (AP) — Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree is being recognized for her sustainable food advocacy.  She’s one of six recipients of this year’s James Beard Foundation Leadership Award.  More...

Man who experimented with explosives killed in explosion

LINCOLN (AP) — Investigators say a Maine homeowner is dead after an explosion in the basement of his home.  The explosion was reported by Lincoln residents around 7 p.m. More...