January 27, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

LePage: Portland should face audit over immigrant help

PORTLAND   Maine’s Republican governor said Thursday that the state’s largest city should face an audit over his accusation that it has used state money to assist immigrants who are living there while seeking asylum.  More...

Lawmakers want to push back retail marijuana until Feb. 2018

AUGUSTA   State lawmakers on Thursday unanimously approved legislation delaying the retail sale of marijuana until at least February 2018.  A referendum approved by voters in November gave state regulators nine months to adopt rules for mar More...

Officials outline Medicaid restriction plans for feds

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine officials are informing the new presidential administration of steps the state would like to take to reform Medicaid.  More...

Authorities identify body recovered from river in Bucksport

BUCKSPORT (AP) — Officials have identified a body pulled last weekend from the Penobscot River in Bucksport.  Officials tell WABI-TV that Paul Francis of Bangor had been missing since early last month. More...

Police investigating deaths of Maine woman, ex-councilor

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — Police are investigating after two people, including a former town official, were found dead inside a home in Old Orchard Beach.  Officials say 21-year-old Amber Morrow, of Saco, and former Old Orchard Beach More...

Maine unemployment down slightly in December

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s labor department says the state’s unemployment rate fell slightly in December.  The labor department says the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.8 percent was a dip from 4 percent in N More...

LePage’s pick angers environmental groups

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine GOP Gov. Paul LePage has drawn criticism for nominating a former legislator to a state agency board that the lawmaker opposed funding. More...

No damages in wrongful birth suit

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s highest court has ruled that a Newport woman who gave birth after a federally supported health care center in Albion failed to install a temporary birth control device cannot recover damages.  More...

Lawyers for President Trump, Maine Secretary of State say they are certain there was no voter fraud in 2016 election

President Donald Trump on Wednesday called for ‘a major investigation into voter fraud’ that seeks to probe a number of issues that Maine Gov. Paul LePage has also raised repeatedly. More...

A GO GO SIGN GONE FOR $48K

A NEON MARQUEE from the legendary Los Angeles rock club Whisky a Go Go is going, going, gone. The 13-foot-long sign with bright pink letters sold at auction for $48,300 Wednesday night in Maine. More...

Maine attorney General: Gov. LePage needs lawmakers’ approval to build psych unit

PORTLAND   Gov. Paul LePage’s administration needs legislative approval to build a secure, privately run facility for patients in state custody with mental illness who no longer need hospital care, the state attorney general said.  More...

Advocates want Medicaid expansion on ballot

AUGUSTA   Health care advocates in Maine say they have more than enough signatures to get a referendum to expand Medicaid coverage on the November ballot.  Now it’s up to the Secretary of State’s office to verify the signatures. More...

PD: Man used jumper cable clamps to steal power for home

WALES (AP) — Maine State Police say a man has been charged with climbing a utility pole and using jumper cable clamps to steal electricity from a utility company for his home.  More...

Police: Decomposed body found in Thomaston

THOMASTON (AP) — State Police and the Thomaston Police Department are awaiting word from the medical examiner’s office on the identity of a decomposed body found off U.S. More...

LePage says ‘greed’ behind plan for casino

AUGUSTA Greed is behind a well-funded proposal to build a new casino in southern Maine that has qualified for the ballot in November, Gov. Paul LePage said. More...

Wife: Man died in fire trying to save son with Down syndrome

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Maine woman says she and her husband escaped their home when it caught fire earlier this week, but the 53- year-old father went back in and died trying to save the couple’s 25-year-old son.  More...

Maine to ask Trump for power to ban food stamps for soda

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine health officials will ask Republican President Donald Trump’s administration for permission to ban soda and junk food purchases with food stamps.  More...

State police: Husband, wife found dead inside Standish home

STANDISH (AP) — Authorities in Maine are investigating the deaths of a husband and wife, whose bodies were found inside their Standish home.  State police say the bodies of 65-year-old Donald Cragin and 55-year-old Sandra Lee Cragin were f More...

LePage calls asylum seekers ‘illegals’

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine Republican Gov. More...

What mackerel and a volcano tells us about climate change

PORTLAND   What could an Indonesian volcanic eruption, a 200-year-old climate disaster and a surge in the consumption of mackerel tell us about today’s era of global warming?  Quite a bit, researchers say.  More...