February 2, 2018 RSS feed / Maine

State government working to prevent tax hike

Topsham rep.: Lawmakers should prevent increase under Trump tax law

AUGUSTA Maine lawmakers on Thursday began trying to figure out how to ensure Mainers aren’t hit with a higher state tax bill due to the Republican tax overhaul that President Donald Trump recently signed into law. Gov. More...

Super fan has been to every Super Bowl; ‘18 may be Crisman’s last

PORTLAND   Donald Crisman has more than a half-century of Super Bowl memories behind him, from taking a 24-hour train ride to Super Bowl II to seeing his beloved New England Patriots win in overtime last year. More...

LePage allows making naloxone available without a prescription

The Maine Board of Pharmacy raised the proposed age to obtain an overdose reversing drug available without a prescription on Thursday, winning Republican Gov. Paul LePage's approval and clearing the way for pharmacists to make the drug available. More...

Maine CDC: Flu deaths in state rise to 28

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine health officials say 28 residents have died from the flu this season, following four deaths last week.  The Sun-Journal reports the Maine Center for Disease Control released the flu report Wednesday. More...

Police: Single-vehicle crash leaves 1 critically injured

WINDHAM (AP) — Officials say three people are in the hospital and one person has life-threatening injuries after a crash in Windham.  More...

Tax protesters at Sen. Collins’ office won’t be charged

PORTLAND (AP) — Nine protesters who were previously charged with criminal trespass after a protest at U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ Portland office will have their charges dropped.  More...

Attorneys general urge offshore drilling plan’s cancellation

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The top lawyers for a dozen coastal states want the U.S. More...

Hospital loses track of hard drive with patient data

BANGOR (AP) — A Maine hospital says it lost track of a hard drive containing personal information of 660 patients.  Eastern Maine Medical Center announced Thursday that it’s mailing notices to patients to ensure that they take precau More...

Pot sales legal in Maine, but no way yet to get licenses

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine lawmakers are making it all but certain that retail pot sales approved by voters in 2016 will be pushed back again until next year.  More...

Minke whale deaths to be investigated

PORTLAND   An investigation will be conducted into a spate of deaths among minke whales along the East Coast last year, the federal government announced on Wednesday.  More...

Shuttered paper mill complex sold to industry joint venture

OLD TOWN (AP) — A closed-down paper mill in Maine has been bought by a joint venture that plans to redevelop it into a wood fiber complex housing multiple tenants. More...

Naloxone expansion rules to go before pharmacy board

AUGUSTA(AP) — The Maine Board of Pharmacy is set to discuss making an overdose-reversing drug available without a prescription.  Maine lawmakers in 2016 passed a bill to make naloxone available without a doctor's prescription, but the law More...

Environmental group files lawsuit against wind farm ban

PORTLAND (AP) — An environmental advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage's moratorium on new wind power projects, saying the executive order is unconstitutional. More...

UMaine System looks to demolish 3 percent of its space

ORONO (AP) — The University of Maine System's Board of Trustees has approved a preliminary plan to demolish about 3 percent of the system's physical space.  The system says it will knock down as much as 300,000 square feet of space. More...

Fishing managers: Oil drilling in Atlantic is a bad idea

PORTLAND (AP) — Northeast fishing managers say offshore drilling for oil and gas off New England and the mid-Atlantic states is a bad idea because it could jeopardize marine life and industries.  More...

Maine GOP director didn't pay state income taxes

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine Republican Party's executive director says he's paying back thousands of dollars he owes in state income taxes.  Maine Revenue Services has placed a pair of tax liens totaling about $11,300 against Jason Savage for More...

Police chief wants public access show to engage community

NORWAY (AP) — A Maine police chief is looking to get his face on television through a proposed public access program.  More...

Maine high school teacher charged with sexual assault

GARDINER (AP) — Maine police say a high school science teacher has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.  Authorities say 43-year-old John Glowa Jr., of Readfield, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two c More...

Bangor’s attempt to break beer can record comes up short

BANGOR (AP) — Residents in Bangor, Maine, came just 28 beer cans short of setting a world record.  More...

Propane customers warned to stock up before next cold snap

(AP) Propane dealers are urging customers to stock up now, before the next cold snap.  The Propane Gas Association is asking customers who don't have automatic deliveries to check their supply now and schedule deliveries at least 10 days in adva More...