February 20, 2018 RSS feed / Maine

Conditions mixed for ski industry

MONTPELIER, Vt.   Conditions are mixed heading into one of the biggest weeks of the season for the region’s ski industry, but there is snow on the ground and resorts still expect people to hit the slopes.  More...

Scientists say new fishing technology could save whales

FALMOUTH (AP) — Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are urging New England lobstermen to begin using new technology to help prevent the deaths of rare right whales.  More...

250 Hannaford workers to strike in Maine

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — A food workers union that represents employees at a Maine distribution center says it has rejected a contract proposal and will go on strike.  The 250 workers are members of United Food and Commercial   More...

Lobster emoji gets 2 more legs following design complaints

AUGUSTA (AP) — After an outcry, the organization that controls the release of emojis has added two more legs to the forthcoming lobster emoji to make it correct.  More...

RR company seeks to restore aged, damaged locomotive

HANCOCK (AP) — A Maine railroad company is undertaking heavy restoration for an iconic locomotive.  More...

Future of Portland ocean terminal up for discussion

PORTLAND (AP) — Officials with Maine’s largest city are reaching out to residents to discuss possible redevelopment plans for an ocean terminal building on the city’s waterfront.  The building in question is the Portland Ocean More...

Principal resigns amid conflict over new school start times

SCARBOROUGH (AP) — The principal of a Maine high school has resigned suddenly without giving a public reason as a dispute is roiling in the community about new school start times.  More...

Trump once again wants to cut LIHEAP

PORTLAND   The Trump administration is once again calling for the complete elimination of a heating assistance program that helps to keep the homes of low-income families warm. And once again, program supporters are vowing to fight it.  More...

Bill would make it harder to get citizen proposals on ballot

AUGUSTA Maine lawmakers may make it tougher for citizens to get questions on ballots as Gov. Paul LePage this week renewed his call to reform a system he’s called too representative of liberal leaning Mainers. More...

GOP director takes sole responsibility for website

AUGUSTA   The Maine Republican Party’s executive director told a state ethics commission that he alone was responsible for running an anonymous website that published articles Democrats said slandered their unsuccessful local candidate.&nb More...

Critics: Maine slow to expand opioid care for uninsured

AUGUSTA Five uninsured Mainers benefited last year from a multi-million-dollar plan that was supposed to help combat the opioid crisis by expanding treatment to as many as 400 individuals with or without insurance. More...

Police: 15-year-old made school shooting threats on Snapchat

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — A 15-year-old Maine high school student accused of posting a message about “shooting up” his school on Snapchat has been arrested.  More...

Lawmakers need more votes to fund prison over governor veto

AUGUSTA (AP) — A round of votes shows Maine lawmakers will need more support to ensure funding for a minimum security prison that Republican Gov. Paul LePage has pushed to close. More...

Paper mill plans to restart idled machine, hire 120

AUGUSTA (AP) — A paper company says it plans to restart a machine whose shutdown left 120 workers with a job.  The Bangor Daily News reports Verso. Corp. More...

Critic of public-funded elections qualifies for state funds

AUGUSTA (AP) — A critic of public funding for gubernatorial candidates says he has become the first candidate seeking the governor's office to qualify for state clean elections funds.  Garrett Mason last May voted to support a bill to save More...

LePage agrees to halt gutting of prison

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

Repair work on costly overpass crack set for completion

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine transportation officials are close to finishing multi-million dollar emergency repairs to an Augusta overpass, but they are still at a loss as to who caused the damage. More...

New county sheriff vows to restore trust, rebuild morale

PARIS (AP) — A Maine county has sworn in a new sheriff whose predecessor faced sexual misconduct allegations. More...

Daycare workers think parent brought them pot cookies

BANGOR (AP) — Police in Maine say daycare workers suspect a parent brought them cookies tainted with marijuana.  Bangor Sgt. Brent Beaulieu said no children ate the cookies that were dropped off at the Watch Me Shine daycare. More...

Portland museum expands its Winslow Homer collection

PORTLAND (AP) — The Portland Museum of Art is expanding its Winslow Homer collection thanks to the donation of a dozen paintings from the Berger Collection Educational Trust.  More...