June 15, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

Lawmakers hashing out budget deal

AUGUSTA A small group of Maine lawmakers on Wednesday began hashing out a budget deal that lawmakers could vote on this week as a July 1 deadline looms for having a two-year budget in place. More...

Woman drowns rabid raccoon that attacked her while jogging

HOPE (AP) — A Maine woman out for a run says she killed a rabid raccoon that attacked her by drowning it in a puddle.  Rachel Borch, of Hope, says she was running near her home June 2 when she saw the raccoon charging her with its teeth ba More...

Mansion built during the War of 1812 goes up for sale

KENNEBUNKPORT (AP) — A Maine mansion built during the War of 1812 has gone on the market with an asking price of nearly $8 million.  More...

Fireball maker concerned about plan to ban ‘nips’

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine-based maker of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky is worried about Gov. Paul LePage’s efforts to ban the sale of miniature alcohol bottles.  More...

Maine’s new public advocate is on the job

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s new public advocate is on the job.  Barry Hobbins, who was nominated by Gov. Paul LePage, sailed through the energy committee and received Senate approval last month. He went to work on Monday.  More...

Madison paper mill auction wrapping up

MADISON (AP) — An auction featuring thousands of pieces of equipment from Madison’s closed paper mill is drawing to a close.  A three-day auction wraps up Thursday, and winning bidders can begin removing items on Monday.  More...

2 drivers accused of racing along highway

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Police: Burglars look for open windows during summer

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — Police in Maine are warning homeowners about break-ins as temperatures start to heat up.  Police tell WCSH-TV burglars target homes during the summer season because residents tend to leave their windows open.  More...

Jury: Northern Maine man guilty in killing

HOULTON (AP) — A jury has returned a guilty verdict for a 20-year-old man accused of a brutal killing in Houlton.  WAGM-TV reports that Reginald Dobbins was convicted Wednesday of murdering 61-year-old Keith Suitter.  More...

Sheriff: 2 cops on paid leave after getting shot at academy

VASSALBORO (AP) — A sheriff in Maine says two corrections officers have been placed on paid leave after a fellow officer was shot in an apparent accident at a police training academy.  More...

Bond proposal spokesman optimistic about vote tally

PORTLAND (AP) — The spokesman for a $50 million bond proposal in Maine says he’s cautiously optimistic that it passed muster with voters, but it’ll be several days before the vote tally is confirmed.  More...

Several cars set on fire, vandalized in Maine neighborhood

SKOWHEGAN (AP) — Officials are investigating a number of cars being set on fire and vandalized in one Maine neighborhood.  Skowhegan police say they’ve alerted the state fire marshal’s office after receiving a series of calls a More...

House moves to reinstate ‘tip credit’ in minimum wage law

AUGUSTA The House is moving to roll back part of a voter approved minimum wage law that supporters say is decreasing restaurant servers’ tips. More...

Maine to vote on R&D funding Tuesday  Free Access 

On Tuesday, voters across the state will decide whether to approve a $50 million bond issue. But where will that money go? More...

Fear of losing blueberry growers as prices drop

PORTLAND   Members of Maine’s agriculture industry and state government fear the possibility of losing blueberry growers due to a depression in prices that has made growing the beloved crop a less reliable way to make a living.  More...

Maine Med buys Westbrook building

WESTBROOK (AP) — The largest office building in downtown Westbrook is being purchased by Maine Medical Center.  The $10.75 million purchase of One Riverfront Plaza will allow Maine’s largest hospital to consolidate information servic More...

Sporty hijabs encourage Muslim girls to hit the field

PORTLAND Muslim student athletes at one U.S. high school no longer have to be slowed down by worries that their head scarves might fall off. More...

2 Republicans, union representatives say governor is emptying out prison

AUGUSTA Republican Gov. Paul LePage is taking steps to empty out a minimum-security state prison and force a closure over the objections of state lawmakers, according to union representatives and two Republican legislators from Washington County. More...

Former DHHS Commissioner Mayhew announces gubernatorial run in Lisbon

LISBON Former Maine Health and Human Commissioner Mary Mayhew is running for governor, vowing to fight a defeatist attitude in state government and to continue changes she helped implement in the administration of Republican Gov. Paul LePage. More...

Scientists caution crossbreed threat at lobster conference

PORTLAND (AP) — European biologists say American lobsters have become an invasive species and are crossbreeding with European lobsters — producing offspring that may or may not be able to reproduce.  More...