June 9, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

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...

Studies hope to shed light on area of scallop fishing fight

PORTLAND (AP) — Federal fishing managers say studies are planned for an important New England scallop fishing area that’s been a source of conflict in the fishery in recent months.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration More...

USM professor writes own obituary

PORTLAND (AP) — When it came to his obituary, a theater professor from Maine left nothing to chance. More...

Angry man releases about 100 bed bugs at Maine city office

AUGUSTA (AP) — A municipal office building in Maine has reopened after officials say a disgruntled man slammed a cup full of bedbugs on the counter, releasing about 100 of the pests.  Augusta officials told that Kennebec Journal that exter More...

Baby eel fishing season ending with quota nearly tapped

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s annual baby eel fishing season is coming to an end with the quota nearly tapped out.  Fishermen seek baby eels, called elvers, in rivers and streams in Maine. More...

Police: Halal market vandalism not motivated by hate

WESTBROOK (AP) — Police in Maine say a case of vandalism at a Halal market was a drunken incident and not a hate crime.  The Portland Press Herald reports that 40-year-old Jeremiah Gleason, of Westbrook, was charged with aggravated crimina More...

Detective in challenged murder case returns more case files

PORTLAND (AP) — The lawyer for a man challenging his decades-old murder conviction in Maine wants a special hearing after the lead detective in the case turned over more case files that he had been keeping in his attic.  More...

Portland looks to become latest to ban exotic animal shows

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s largest city is moving ahead with a proposal to become the latest municipality to ban use of wild and exotic animals for entertainment.   More...

Mayhew running for governor

BRUNSWICK Former Maine Department of Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew this morning announced she is running for governor, accoring to multiple published reports. Mayhew, a Republican, announced her run this morning on WVOM. More...

Scientist says baby lobster population is in decline off coast of U.S., Canada

PORTLAND   The number of young lobsters is declining in the Gulf of Maine despite years of record-breaking harvests, a University of Maine marine scientist has warned.  More...

Town manager resigns after $166,000 tax error

WINTHROP (AP) — A Maine town manager has resigned after accidentally counting state revenue twice while preparing the year’s tax forms, making worse a large budget shortfall.  The Kennebec Journal reports Peter Nielsen took full resp More...

Governor proposing state to take over paper mill’s dam

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s Republican governor wants the state to take over a northern Maine dam at the center of a spat among cottage owners, a pulp mill and the federal government. More...

Shellfish harvest banned in southern Maine due to red tide

YORK (AP) — Maine fishing regulators are reminding the public that the state’s southern coast is currently off limits to types of shellfishing because of possible red tide exposure.  More...

Westbrook looks to join workfare program

WESTBROOK (AP) — Another Maine city is considering a popular work-for-welfare program. More...

Defenders of poor currently working without pay as lawmakers debate

PORTLAND   A lawyer in a rumpled beige suit leaned over the courtroom’s jury box to confer one-by-one with his clients: two rows of men and women facing various charges along with what about half described as homelessness, mental illness o More...

Former Bath man pleads guilty to travel, sex charge

PORTLAND Acting United States Attorney Richard W. Murphy announced Friday that David Miller, 54, of Flushing, Michigan — and formerly of Bath — pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. More...