February 23, 2018 RSS feed / Maine

Fentanyl drives another increase in Maine overdose deaths

AUGUSTA   The number of drug-induced deaths in Maine continued to rise last year although at a slower pace than the previous year, Maine’s attorney general said Thursday.  More...

Council votes to give 3 more years to redevelopment effort

LEWISTON (AP) — The Lewiston City Council has approved an agreement that will give a local redevelopment effort at least three more years for completion.  More...

Maine ethics panel won’t investigate once anonymous GOP site

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine ethics commissioners say they won’t investigate a once anonymous website owned by a state Republican official. More...

Another inland salmon farm for Maine, this time on mill site

BUCKSPORT (AP) — A Maine-based investor says he’s building a salmon farm on the site of a former paper mill in Bucksport.  Whole Oceans’ Rob Piasio of Yarmouth said Thursday he’s purchasing the site to raise Atlantic salm More...

Plan to try to fix scallop scuffle up for debate

PORTLAND (AP) — The federal government is taking comments from the public about a plan to try to better manage a piece of the scallop fishery that has been a source of conflict in recent years.  More...

Democrats, Republicans split on hybrid, electric fee

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to add an annual fee on electric and hybrid cars has divided Democrats and Republicans.  More...

Student arrested for messages threatening school shooting

ELLSWORTH (AP) — A high school student in Maine accused of threatening a school shooting in posts on an online gaming site has been arrested.  Ellsworth schools Superintendent Daniel Higgins says the threat did not reference a specific sch More...

Deadline moved up for rule reducing solar incentives

AUGUSTA (AP) — The deadline for Maine electric customers to take advantage of expiring solar incentives has been moved up.  Solar panels installed by March 16 will be eligible under old “net metering” policies that provide home More...

Man charged with sexual assault at assisted living facility

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A maintenance worker has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at an assisted living facility in New Hampshire. More...

Trump’s call to ban bump stocks renews Maine debate

AUGUSTA (AP) — Some Maine lawmakers are trying to revive an effort to ban bump stocks in the state, but others say moves at the federal level may make it unnecessary.  President Donald Trump has directed the Justice Department to work tow More...

Marijuana committee removes social club licensing from bill

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s marijuana implementation committee has voted to remove social clubs from the state’s Marijuana Legalization Act. More...

Police: Unknown person shoots and kills pregnant farm goat

SCARBOROUGH   A popular Maine farm that invites the public to come cuddle or do yoga with its goats says one of the animals was found shot to death.  More...

Judge convicts man in 1980 killing that baffled authorities

PORTLAND   A judge found a 57-year-old man guilty Thursday of a murder that baffled authorities in Maine for nearly four decades and at one time looked like a cold case that would never be resolved.  More...

Electricity customers didn’t save money with retail sellers

AUGUSTA (AP) — A new state report finds that Maine electricity customers paid $77 million more than they needed to on power for several years. More...

Ice fisherman with no training saves friend with CPR

AUBURN (AP) — A Maine ice fisherman with no first-aid training performed CPR on his friend who collapsed on a frozen pond. Gary Croteau tells the Sun Journal he had invited his friend out Saturday to Taylor Pond in Auburn for ice fishing. More...

Demonstrators march in Portland for action on gun control

PORTLAND (AP) — Dozens gathered in a Portland park for a march and rally focusing on the safety of children following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.  More...

Hannaford distribution center workers hold day-long strike

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — Union members who work at a food distribution center in Maine launched a 24-hour strike as part of their drive for a new contract.  United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445 says 250 workers at the Hannaford Dist More...

FEMA to provide assistance for fall Maine windstorm

PORTLAND (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it's notifying the public of its intent to provide financial assistance to the state of Maine under a disaster declaration.  More...

Tests for strange smell in classroom come back negative

LITCHFIELD (AP) — A Maine school district has found no evidence of contamination after a group of students were removed from a Litchfield classroom due to reports of a strange smell.  More...

Home values up in Maine in January

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine Association of Realtors says home values in the state were up more than 5 percent in January.  The association says sales of existing single-family homes increased by less than a percentage point from January 2017 More...