January 30, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

LePage: No welfare for those with drug felonies

AUGUSTA   Maine’s tough-on-welfare governor wants to end the department’s current drug-testing policy in favor of something even harsher: banning food stamps and cash assistance for anyone convicted of a drug felony in the past two d More...

Immigrant Iraqi family awaits word of daughter

Immigration ban fallout

PORTLAND   An Iraqi immigrant couple who arrived in Maine with two daughters days before citizens of seven nations were temporarily banned from entering the U.S. More...

Refugee ban prompts 3 protests across Maine

PORTLAND (AP) — At least three protest rallies are taking place across Maine by people who are angered by President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees entering the United States and other issues.  At least 1,500 people were at the baggag More...

Security increasing after alleged hate crime toward students

PORTLAND (AP) — Portland’s superintendent says security is being heightened after four black students reported that a white teenager made a racist remark toward them and waved a knife.  More...

Gov signs bill delaying parts of legal pot law

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill to delay portions of Maine’s legal marijuana law.  LePage signed the bill on Friday night. It will still become legal to possess and grow marijuana in the state on Monday. More...

Gov drops nomination of criticized board pick

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine GOP Gov. Paul LePage is dropping his nomination of a former legislator to a state agency board that the lawmaker opposed funding.  More...

Portland to host Navy Week this summer

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s largest city is going to host Navy Week this summer.  The Navy says Portland is one of 15 cities nationwide to be selected to host the outreach program. More...

Farm to table:

A bit tricky in winter, but in high demand

MONTPELIER, Vt. Demand driven by the farm-to-table movement knows no seasons, so farmers in colder areas of the country increasingly use greenhouses and similar structures to meet wintertime demand for local produce. More...

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...