June 14, 2013 RSS feed / Maine

Lawmakers OK $6.3B budget

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine lawmakers are sending a $6.3 billion spending plan to Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s desk where it faces a likely veto because it includes temporary increases of the state sales tax and the meals and lodging tax.  More...

100 Maine Guard members to return

BANGOR (AP) — About 100 Maine Army National Guard members are returning to the state after a yearlong mission in Afghanistan.  The members of the 488th Military Police Company will be welcomed home in Bangor on Saturday afternoon.  Th More...

Mackerel featured at Maine restaurants

PORTLAND (AP) — Atlantic mackerel is being featured on menus at Maine restaurants as part of a campaign that aims to promote underutilized seafood species found in the Gulf of Maine.  More...

Maine teen died from asphyxiation

AUGUSTA (AP) — The state medical examiner’s office says a 15-year-old girl allegedly lured to her death by a 20-year-old man using a phony Facebook profile died from asphyxiation.  The official cause of Nichole Cable’s death, r More...

Camera streams live video of Arctic terns

SEAL ISLAND (AP) — A high-definition camera has begun streaming live video over the Internet of Arctic terns that are nesting on a remote island off the coast of Maine. More...

Boy, age 2, found face down in pool

FARMINGDALE (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old Farmingdale boy is clinging to life in a hospital after being found face down in his family’s swimming pool.  Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty said Cody Campbell was found floati More...

Man charged; dog peppered with BBs

WALDOBORO (AP) — A Waldoboro man is facing animal cruelty charges after a veterinarian found a dog with as many as 100 BB pellets embedded in its skin.  Aaron Armstrong was arrested Thursday on a charge of aggravated animal cruelty and hel More...

Hospital debt payment bill heads to Gov. LePage

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine lawmakers gave final approval on Thursday to a plan to renegotiate the state’s liquor contract to pay its hospitals’ years-old debt of hundreds of millions of dollars for Medicaid services — one of Gov. More...

LePage overstated jobless claims complaints

LEWISTON (AP) — A newspaper analysis indicates Gov. More...

Police charge suspect in Augusta stabbing

AUGUSTA (AP) — An Augusta man wanted in connection with the weekend stabbing of a city woman has been captured after three days on the run.  Police, acting on a tip, say 44-year-old David Delesline was located around 1:30 p.m. More...

Man pleads guilty to sexual assault

ALFRED (AP) — A man charged with raping a 14- year-old Sanford girl as she walked to school has changed his plea mid-trial.  Dane Bosley pleaded guilty Wednesday to gross sexual assault as the second day of his trial in York County Superio More...

Ocean wind prototype to generate power

AUGUSTA (AP) — Electrons will soon be flowing from a prototype windmill off Maine’s coast in a first-on-thecontinent event.  The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center will connect the VolturnUS offshor More...

Bill requires pictures of pawned goods

AUGUSTA (AP) — A bill to curb property theft by requiring pawnbrokers to photograph items they receive is awaiting Gov. More...

Maine gets grant for low-achieving schools

AUGUSTA (AP) — The U.S. More...

Black lab shot with BBs 80 to 100 times

WALDOBORO (AP) — Police in Waldoboro are investigating an animal cruelty case involving a young dog that they say was shot 80 to 100 times with a BB gun.  Officials say the 1-year-old black lab was taken to Lincoln County Animal Shelter to More...

Two men arrested in Limington burglary

LIMINGTON (AP) — Maine authorities say a homeowner startled two thieves when he returned home and found them piling items from his house at the door.  More...

New casino has $65M in revenues

PORTLAND (AP) — The state’s newest casino generated more than $65 million in net revenues in its first year of operation, topping its original projections as well as the revenues of the state’s more established casino.  More...

Portland panhandling rule moves forward

PORTLAND (AP) — Portland is a step closer to barring panhandlers from standing on traffic medians while asking for handouts.  The Public Safety, Health and Human Services Committee voted 4-0 on Tuesday in favor of an amendment to the Portl More...

Concealed weapons bill fails by one vote

AUGUSTA (AP) — A bill that would allow Maine residents to carry a concealed firearm without a permit has been defeated in the state House of Representatives by one vote.  The Kennebec Journal reports the bill failed 74-73 on Tuesday.  More...

Madawaska woman dies after car struck

MADAWASKA (AP) — Authorities say an 83-year-old Madawaska woman has died after her car was struck by a loaded logging truck.  Police Chief Carroll Theriault says Rella Cyr was turning into a church parking lot at about 2:30 p.m. More...