October 19, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

Report: Maine crime fell in 2016 despite drug epidemic

PORTLAND   Despite a devastating drug epidemic, Maine crime reported in certain federally standardized categories dropped 8.7 percent last year, for the fifth consecutive annual drop, officials said Wednesday.  More...

Regulators want better data about lobster fishery

PORTLAND (AP) — Interstate fishing managers are starting a new push to get better data about the lobster fishery.  More...

Trump voter fraud panel member says he gets no information

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is calling for President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission to provide him with information about its activities that he says is overdue.  More...

LePage calls York County casino ‘phony deal’ for state

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s governor says supporters of an effort to bring a third casino to the state are using overblown estimates of its economic impact to persuade people to vote yes in an upcoming referendum. More...

Brunswick, Scarborough want Amazon HQ

SCARBOROUGH (AP) — The southern Maine town of Scarborough is a late entry in the competition to be home to Amazon's second headquarters. There's also a proposal to put it at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.  More...

4-million-pound span floated in for bridge

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The 4 million-pound center lift span for the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine has floated up the Piscataqua River to its new home.  More...

FAA contradicts Jetport noise explanation

PORTLAND (AP) — A federal aviation official is contradicting the Portland International Jetport's contention that radar malfunctions could be contributing to noise complaints by forcing airliners to fly over residential neighborhoods.  More...

Quota will stay the same in eel fishery

PORTLAND   Maine fishermen will be able to catch the same amount of baby eels for the worldwide market for sushi and Japanese food next year.  More...

Reportedly haunted coastal castle back on the market

CAPE ELIZABETH (AP) — An elaborate Maine castle that has a reputation for being haunted is now on the market just in time for Halloween.  The Bangor Daily News reports Beckett’s Castle in coastal Cape Elizabeth is listed for sale at More...

Lewiston man says his brother was killed in blast in Somalia

LEWISTON (AP) — A Maine man says his brother was one of the more than 300 people killed in a bomb blast in Mogadishu, Somalia.  Twenty- seven- year- old Iman Osman, of Lewiston, says the explosion was so powerful that debris killed his bro More...

Maine lawmaker leaves Republican party

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker says he has unenrolled from the GOP to focus on solutions over party.   State Rep. Norman Higgins says he will serve the rest of his second term as an independent.  More...

Lawyers drop out of landlord’s appeal in fire that killed 6

PORTLAND (AP) — Lawyers for a Portland, Maine, landlord convicted of code violations following the city’s deadliest fire in decades have dropped out of the case.  More...

Man wins $300,000 in dental malpractice suit

AUGUSTA (AP) — A jury has awarded a Maine man nearly $300,000 in damages in a dental malpractice case.  The Kennebec Journal reports a jury on Monday found Dr. Jan Kippax and Androscoggin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, P.A. More...

Radar outages behind changed flight patterns

PORTLAND (AP) — Airport officials in Maine say radar outages were responsible for recent changes in flight patterns from the Portland International Jetport.  More...

Trial witness says he lied to police about teen’s 1989 death

PORTLAND   A second key witness has recanted testimony that helped convict a man who was jailed for 27 years for after the death of his teenage girlfriend.  More...

Lawmakers at odds over voter-approved voting law

AUGUSTA A legislative committee was at odds Monday over the future of a new voterapproved voting method that Maine’s highest court advised runs afoul of the Maine Constitution for some elections. More...

Investigators: Bakery fire caused by doughnut machine

LEWISTON (AP) — Maine investigators say a doughnut machine ended up being the cause of an early morning fire in Lewiston.  WGME-TV reports the LePage Bakery caught fire just after 3 a.m. Monday. More...

Decision coming on quota for lucrative baby eels in 2018

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine fishermen could soon learn how many pounds of baby eels they'll be able to catch next year for the worldwide sushi market.  More...

Docs shed light on LePage refusal of federal funds

BANGOR (AP) — Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage rejected federal funding for training unemployed workers, contrary to his administration's denials.  The U.S. More...

Governor blames media for immigration flap with sheriffs

AUGUSTA (AP) — Outspoken Maine Republican Gov. More...