April 16, 2018 RSS feed / Maine

Ticks emerging unfazed after an extremely snowy winter

CONCORD, N.H.   Hikers and dog lovers may have thought the subzero temperatures this winter would put a dent in this year's tick population. Think again.  More...

Firefighters rescue 2 from apartment blaze

WESTBROOK (AP) — Fire officials in Maine are investigating a blaze that destroyed an apartment over the weekend.  WMTW-TV reports crews responded to the Westbrook apartment Friday night. More...

Audit: State shouldn't use federal funds for psych hospital

AUGUSTA (AP) — The state auditor says Maine should stop following legal advice to use millions of dollars in federal funds for a psychiatric hospital that's lost federal certification.  More...

Woman to be sentenced for role in drug killing in Maine

HOULTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman is due to be sentenced this week after pleading guilty to felony murder and robbery in drug-related killing in northern Maine. More...

Audit: More oversight needed over federal welfare dollars

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine's state auditor is calling for tighter oversight of federal welfare dollars. More...

After losing ground for decades, Camp Ellis feeling helpless

SACO Perian Carpenter was a child when she stood in Camp Ellis with her family and watched as a house her father had worked on was swept out to sea. “We were helpless to do anything,” she said. More...

Maine getting $3.3 million in federal election security funding

AUGUSTA Maine will be eligible for up to $3.3 million in federal funds to help increase election security, but it’s unclear how the money will be used in a state that is already regarded as relatively secure because of the nature of its voting More...

Justices ponder last minute ranked-choice voting query

PORTLAND With the clock ticking, state supreme court justices hastily convened attorneys Thursday to consider whether the secretary of state’s implementation of ranked-choice voting for the June primaries without funding by state lawmakers vio More...

House OKs marijuana bill, but with fewer votes

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine House has approved for a second time a compromise bill governing marijuana retail sales, sending the measure to the Senate for final enactment.  The 102-38 vote Thursday represented a veto-proof majority. More...

Zinke hints at exemption for offshore gas drilling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Department  of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he believes Maine residents will be “very happy” with a revised proposal on offshore drilling, which notes there are few reserves off the coast of Maine. More...

Governor announces 2 judicial nominees

AUGUSTA (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is backing two new judicial nominations.  The governor this week said he is re-nominating Hampden resident Gregory Campbell as District Court Judge in Bangor. More...

Student sues to compete in ‘Poetry Out Loud’

PORTLAND (AP) — A high school student who fled his native country of Zambia last year is suing the National Endowment for the Arts because it will not let him compete in the national “Poetry Out Loud” contest.  More...

Lobster shell disease nudges up slightly off of Maine

PORTLAND   A disease that disfigures lobsters has ticked up slightly in Maine in the last couple of years, but authorities and scientists say it’s not time to sound the alarm.  More...

Senate signs off on legal marijuana sales in state

AUGUSTA The Maine Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would eventually allow legal marijuana sales in the state, setting the stage for lawmakers to have enough support to avert a potential veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage. More...

Maine refuses to release records of lawmaker harassment

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine House and Senate are among the majority of legislative chambers nationwide that refuse to release formal records of sexual misconduct or harassment. More...

Ag businesses to be included in gas conservation fund

AUGUSTA (AP) — A bill designed to include large agriculture businesses in a natural gas conservation fund in Maine has been signed into law.  More...

Plan OK’d to lower age for naloxone access

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine House of Representatives has passed a bill designed to make the opioid overdose drug naloxone available to people under the age of 21.  More...

House OKs emergency funding for child abuse program

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine House of Representatives has signed off on an emergency bill to continue funding a child protection program. More...

Solar customers to face fewer incentives

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine regulators can move ahead on plans to gradually provide fewer bill credits for new buyers of solar panels.  More...

Pingree faces new, independent challenger

BIDDEFORD (AP) — Maine Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is getting another challenger.  Independent State Rep. More...