February 2, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

DeVos nomination on thin ice with 2 GOP senators opposed

Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in opposition

WASHINGTON Donald Trump’s nomination of school choice activist Betsy DeVos as education secretary is on thin ice after two Republican senators vowed to vote against her. More...

Police to continue searching for missing Maine woman

SANFORD (AP) — Police in Maine will continue searching for a missing woman who was last seen more than a week ago.  The Portland Press Herald reports that Sanford police say they will use bloodhounds on Thursday to help search for 40-year- More...

Utility: Upgrades will better serve central Maine residents

CHINA (AP) — A Maine utility says upgrades to its energy grid will improve service to a host of communities in the central part of the state.  Central Maine Power Company says the upgrades are complete and will serve customers in Kennebec More...

Fishing managers seek to avoid another herring shortage

PORTLAND (AP) — Interstate fishing regulators are considering new rules to help the herring fishery run more smoothly in the future.  The Atlantic herring is an important bait fish that’s caught off of several East Coast states, espe More...

Settlement for Black Lives Matter protesters falls apart

PORTLAND (AP) — A prosecutor says a plea deal with 17 participants in a Black Lives Matter protest that blocked traffic in Portland is now off the table.  Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Ackerman made the announcement after a meeting bet More...

Affordable housing requests rose in Maine, NH

PORTLAND (AP) — A nonprofit housing provider in Maine and New Hampshire says requests for affordable housing grew by 15 percent between 2014 and 2016.  Avesta Housing released data about housing demand on Wednesday. More...

Fishing quota for expensive baby eels could change in 2018

PORTLAND ( AP) — Interstate regulators say the fishing quota for Maine’s expensive baby eels could change in 2018.  Fishermen are allowed to catch about 9,700 pounds of the eels, which are also called elvers, every year. More...

Students push for passage of prickly hedgehog pet bill

AUGUSTA Some Maine sixth-graders are pushing state lawmakers to pass a bill that would make it easier for residents to keep hedgehogs as pets. More...

Lobstermen question need for restrictions

PORTLAND   Some lobster fishermen expressed skepticism Tuesday about a plan to try to revive the dwindling southern New England lobster stock through new fishing restrictions.  More...

LePage, Democrat criticize new rooftop solar rules

AUGUSTA Maine’s Republican governor and a leading Democrat expressed displeasure Tuesday with new solar rules approved by state utility regulators. More...

Sen. Angus King will confirm Tillerson, oppose Sessions

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s independent U.S. senator says he will support President Donald Trump’s nomination for secretary of state, but oppose the president’s attorney general pick.  More...

LePage floats suing feds for costs of asylum seekers

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage is floating the idea of suing the federal government for the money the state spends on asylum seekers.  More...

Man sentenced for burning down camper where ex-boss lived

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Maine man is headed to prison for burning down the camper trailer that his former boss lived in.  The Kennebec Journal reports that an Augusta judge sentenced 35-year-old Joseph Manganella last week to an eight-year term, More...

Game wardens, police search for missing Maine woman

SANFORD (AP) — The Maine Warden Service and Sanford Police have searched the area for a missing woman who was last seen more than a week ago.  Kerry Rear, of Sanford, was reported missing on Sunday. More...

Maine hosting talks about school consolidation efforts

AUGUSTA (AP) — Those with questions about Maine’s push to construct regional schools have a chance to get some answers from state officials themselves.  GOP Gov. More...

Motorist receives summons after train smashes his car

PORTLAND (AP) — A Maine driver who had two children in his car when it was slammed by a train could face up to a year in jail.  Portland police issued summonses to 56-year-old Derso Mekonen, of Portland, for endangering the welfare of a ch More...

Hearing for landlord sentenced in fatal fire coming soon

PORTLAND (AP) — A Maine landlord sentenced to 90 days in jail in the wake of a fatal fire at one of his properties will likely face a hearing about his request for a new trial in the coming weeks.  The Noyes Street fire killed six people. More...

Snowmobile fugitive admits to concealing assets, perjury

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts man who fled across the border into Canada on a snowmobile to avoid charges that he hid up to $4 million in cash after declaring bankruptcy has pleaded guilty.  More...

Maine, New Hampshire getting snow — just plain ol' snow

(AP) — Maine and New Hampshire are getting some light snow — plain ol' snow.  Unlike past storms, the weather system that's going to drop 1 to 3 inches across Maine and New Hampshire on Wednesday will feature only snow, with no sleet More...

Culinary schools struggling with enrollment decline

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