November 9, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

Man convicted in 1989 murder to go free due to new evidence

Lawyers struck a deal on Wednesday in a review of a nearly 30-year-old murder case that will allow a man convicted of the killing to go free.  More...

Man: Dispute over untied shoelace led to Wal-Mart gunfire

AUGUSTA (AP) — A violent struggle inside a Maine Wal-Mart started with a comment over an untied shoelace and ended with gunfire, according to one of the men involved, but police say a death outside the store was unrelated.  More...

LePage: Voters wrong to approve Medicaid expansion

PORTLAND   Maine’s governor said Wednesday that residents of his state made an expensive mistake when they voted to expand access to Medicaid under the federal health care law, and he’s hesitant to implement it.  More...

Utilities restoring power to last of storm victims

PORTLAND (AP) — Crews are restoring power to the last of the customers left in the dark by a powerful fall storm more than a week ago.  The storm peaked in the early morning of Oct. More...

Maine voters overwhelmingly reject 3rd casino

PORTLAND   Maine voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a proposal backed by an out-of-state gambling entrepreneur for a third casino in the state.  More...

No L-A: Lewiston, Auburn residents reject merger

PORTLAND(AP) — Residents of Lewiston and Auburn have overwhelmingly rejected a proposed merger.  Supporters said that combining two cities into a single municipality with nearly 60,000 residents and the state's largest school system would More...

Hunter charged in shooting death on first day of deer hunt

HEBRON (AP) — Police have charged a Maine hunter who fatally shot a woman with manslaughter.  Thirty-four-year-old Karen Wrentzel, of Hebron, died of a gunshot wound at the scene, where she was digging for gemstones on her property. More...

Mother convicted of manslaughter

BELFAST (AP) — A Maine woman who told jurors that she drank multiple shots of liquor and smoked marijuana the night of her infant son’s death has been convicted of manslaughter. More...

Fire destroys historic Eastport building

EASTPORT (AP) — Authorities in Maine say a fire has destroyed a historic building that once served as a Navy barracks in World War II.  Crews responded to the fire at the Eastport building around 1 p.m. Tuesday. More...

Maine leads New England in drug takeback day collections

Authorities say New England turned in a record 48 tons of prescription drugs during the annual Drug Take-Back Day last month, with Maine leading the pack at over 41,500 pounds.  The Drug Enforcement Administration says when the program started i More...

Cat long thought dead found alive 120 miles away

KENNEBUNKPORT (AP) — A cat missing for more than a year has been reunited with his owner 120 miles from their Maine home.  Kennebunkport resident George Lichte says he believed his cat, Romeo, was dead after he never came home one day last More...

Northern Maine sees first snowflakes of season

CARIBOU (AP) — Election Day also is first day of snowfall in northern Maine this year.  The National Weather Service in Caribou says the first snowflakes of the year were observed in the Aroostook County city on Tuesday. More...

Lawmakers fail to override veto of legal marijuana bill

Marijuana in Maine

AUGUSTA   Maine lawmakers failed Monday to override Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill to regulate and tax the sale of marijuana, dealing a setback to pot advocates who want to see the product in stores.  More...

Mainers set to vote on whether to expand Medicaid

Election 2017

PORTLAND (AP) — Voters in Maine are headed to the polls Tuesday to decide if they want to join 31 other states and expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.  It’s the first time since the law to More...

Maine voters to decide if state should have third casino

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine voters will decide Tuesday whether the state should have a third casino.  An out-of-state gambling entrepreneur bankrolled the campaign to create a casino in York County. More...

Police: Man arrested after shot fired inside Augusta Walmart

AUGUSTA (AP) — Police in Maine say a man has been taken into custody after a shot was fired inside the Walmart in Augusta.  Authorities say the suspect walked into the store with a firearm around 8 p.m. Monday. More...

Ranked choice delay becomes law without LePage signature

AUGUSTA (AP) — A bill to delay ranked-choice voting has become law without the signature of Maine Gov. Paul LePage. More...

Alan Caron joins crowded gubernatorial field

FREEPORT (AP) — Alan Caron has become the second independent running for governor in Maine, announcing he wants “big change in Maine, from the bottom up.”  More...

American Airlines adds nonstop flights from Portland to NYC

PORTLAND (AP) — American Airlines has announced it is adding a nonstop flight from Portland International Jetport to New York City.  The Portland Press Herald reports the twice-daily service between Portland and LaGuardia Airport will star More...

Driver killed in head-on collision in Norridgewock

MADISON (AP) — Police say a driver was killed in a head-on collision in Norridgewock. Deputies say 83-year-old Lazlo Kakuk was pronounced dead at the scene after his SUV was struck by a pickup truck that crossed the center line. More...