March 5, 2018 RSS feed / Maine

Bug expert: Now is the time to kill rash-causing caterpillars

PORTLAND   State entomologists say it’s time for Maine property owners to remove a species of invasive caterpillar from trees where they can be reached.  The state has worked to control the spread of browntail moth caterpillars, which More...

Maine employees to receive bonuses from federal tax overhaul

GARDINER (AP) — A Maine company says 300 employees will receive bonuses following changes to the federal tax code enacted at the end of 2017.  Everett J. More...

Police: 2 trains narrowly missed man on stolen loader

FALMOUTH (AP) — Police say two trains narrowly missed a stolen front-end loader that was being operated on and near railroad tracks outside of Portland. More...

Report: Maine didn’t follow protocol in child welfare cases

AUGUSTA (AP) — A state report finds that Maine missed key steps in multiple child welfare cases.  Maine Public reports that Maine’s Child Welfare Services Ombudsman Christine Alberi last year found the Department of Health and Human More...

Maine may dilute proficiency-based diploma law

AUGUSTA (AP) — State education officials are proposing to roll back Maine’s proficiency based diploma law, which was one of the first in the nation.  More...

LePage says plan would prevent state tax hike

AUGUSTA Maine’s Republican governor unveiled a plan Thursday to prevent a state income tax hike. The proposal offered by Gov. More...

Governor defends decision on child abuse program

AUGUSTA   Maine’s Republican governor is defending his decision against renewing a contract for a child abuse prevention program.  Gov. More...

Mom of slain medical student: Daughter ‘warm person’

BOSTON A medical student stabbed to death in a Massachusetts library was “The Little Engine That Could,” her mother said Thursday. More...

Woman charged with daughter’s murder is 7 months pregnant

BELFAST   Defense attorneys say a Maine woman charged with murder in the beating death of her 10-year-old daughter is 7 months pregnant.  Rockport attorney Steven Peterson said Thursday Sharon Carrillo is expected to give birth to her and h More...

Maine lobster catch dips to lowest level in 6 years

PORTLAND The state that dominates the U.S. lobster haul saw the catch fall to its lowest level since 2011 last year, yet the industry is still strong and the crustaceans remain easily available to consumers, regulators said Friday. More...

Council approves bills aimed at curbing gun violence

AUGUSTA Maine lawmakers will soon debate three bills aimed at preventing gun violence in the wake of a mass shooting at a high school in Florida. More...

Neighbors say police, others alerted before 10-year-old’s death

BELFAST   Former neighbors of a couple accused of fatally beating a 10-year-old girl said they heard abuse months ago and reported it to police and the state health and human services’ officials.  Julio and Sharon Carrillo, of Stockt More...

FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT CHEWONKI

FIFTH-GRADERS work together to cross the Low Elements cable at Chewonki. More...

Woman jailed for calling officials ‘my target’ in gun video

BELFAST (AP) — Police have arrested a Maine woman who posted a video of herself target shooting while listing city officials by name and describing them as “my target.”  More...

Authorities: Student releases self-defense spray in school

THORNDIKE (AP) — Police say a student has released an aerosol self-defense spray in school, causing an evacuation. More...

Flu deaths reach 55 in Maine, but new cases dropping

AUGUSTA (AP) — Another three people have died from the flu in Maine, bringing the season’s total to 55. But there are also signs that the worst of the season is over.  More...

Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport

ROCKPORT (AP) — The Maine Fishermen’s Forum is bringing one of the state’s most important industries together in Rockport for the next three days.  The forum begins on Thursday at the Samoset Resort and continues until Saturday More...

Officials: School bus catches fire while driving to school

ORONO (AP) — Officials say students and staff escaped unharmed from a Maine high school bus that caught fire leaving the University of Maine.  More...

Maine inns to file for bankruptcy, avoid foreclosure auction

PORTLAND (AP) — The owners of two Maine inns will file for bankruptcy to avoid looming foreclosures.  More...

Lawmakers consider spending, saving $128.5 million surplus

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine legislative leaders differ about what to do, if anything, with a projected $128.5 million surplus this year.  More...