February 8, 2018 RSS feed / Maine

Lawmakers must attend more anti-harassment trainings

AUGUSTA Maine lawmakers are going to have to attend sexual harassment training in person instead of simply signing a form to fulfill the requirement. The House voted 120-24 Tuesday to support the change. More...

St. Albans man sentenced to 27 years for killing uncle

SKOWHEGAN (AP) — A St. More...

Woman apologizes for kicking police officer in groin

JAY (AP) — A Maine woman has pleaded guilty to kicking a Jay police officer in the groin during her arrest last year.  Forty-eight-year-old Carol Welch was sentenced to eight days in jail with credit given for four days already served Tues More...

Theater teacher admits creating fake Facebook pages to spy

KENNEBUNK (AP) — A theater director at a school in Maine who acknowledged creating fake Facebook profiles to eavesdrop on parents’ discussions is out of a job.  More...

Maine sees increase in reported syphilis cases

AUGUSTA (AP) — Public health officials in Maine say there has been an increase in syphilis cases, mirroring a national trend.  According to the Maine Center for Disease Control, the number of syphilis cases reported in the state increased More...

Maine’s flu season is bad and peaking

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine saw a rise in the number of flu cases and hospitalizations last week.  The state had 876 new cases of influenza, which was a rise of more than 60 percent from the previous week. More...

Moldy SoPo fire station needs ‘major renovations’

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — Officials with a Maine fire department say a fire station in South Portland needs major renovations because of a problem with mold.  Mold was discovered about a year ago at the Cash Corner Fire Station while ceiling t More...

LePage pushes for foreclosure protection law

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is pushing for legislators to pass a bill that would protect elderly residents from tax lien foreclosures.  More...

Offshore oil exploration meetings in Maine, NH

AUGUSTA (AP) — A proposal to search for oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf will be the subject of two public meetings in northern New England next month.  More...

LePage wants to gut fast-tracked wind permits

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s Republican governor is behind a bill to gut most of the state’s fast-track permitting process for commercial wind power projects.  The Portland Press Herald reports Gov. More...

UMaine’s college radio station off-air due to January fire

ORONO (AP) — A fire has knocked the University of Maine’s college radio station off the airways.  More...

Moose hunting applications online only in ’18

AUGUSTA (AP) — The state of Maine is taking online applications for the upcoming moose hunting season.  The state is only accepting online applications this year. More...

UMaine investigates report that contract bidder was coached

ORONO (AP) — The University of Maine says it will examine allegations that a school official provided inside information to help a bidder land a lucrative energy contract. More...

Southern Maine Health Care names new CEO

BIDDEFORD (AP) — Southern Maine Health Care has named a new chief executive officer.  The Journal Tribune reports that Nathan Howell will replace retiring CEO Ed McGeachey on May 21.  More...

Typing ‘lobster’ now easier than eating them thanks to emoji

PORTLAND (AP) — Texting “I love lobsters” just got easier.  Maine Independent Sen. Angus King says a long-overdue lobster emoji is coming to smartphones, and it is cause for celebration. More...

Lucrative elver fishery might grow by millions of eels

PORTLAND   Maine fishermen might be allowed to catch millions more baby eels next year, regulators announced on Tuesday.  Baby eels, called elvers, are typically worth more than $ 1,000 per pound at the docks in Maine. More...

AccuWeather, feds trade blame for bogus tsunami warning

The National Weather Service is rejecting a private forecasting company’s claim that it incorrectly coded a test message as a real tsunami warning.  More...

Naloxone handouts stymied by LePage administration

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has yet to produce the regulations needed to implement a 2015 state law allowing public health organizations to distribute free doses of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone.  More...

Storm to leave up to a foot of snow

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Ex-nurse sees drug theft case dismissed after counseling

AUGUSTA (AP) — A former nurse who previously pleaded guilty to stealing drugs from a rehabilitation center saw her charge dismissed after completing a rehabilitation program.  More...