February 13, 2018 RSS feed / Maine

Prison closure hits businesses hard

MACHIASPORT (AP) — A number of Maine county businesses say they have taken a huge hit from the abrupt closure of the Downeast Correctional Facility.  More...

Colby College alumnus donates $1M for community forum

WATERVILLE (AP) — A Colby College graduate has donated $1 million for a new community space within a new student residence under construction in Waterville.  More...

Lawmakers to consider hybrid car fee

AUGUSTA (AP) — Lawmakers are set to consider Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to add an annual fee on electric and hybrid cars in order to pay for highway maintenance.  More...

Lobster marketing group up for key vote

AUGUSTA (AP) — A proposal to continue an industry-funded lobster marketing group is up for a key vote in the Maine Statehouse. Members of Maine’s lobster industry pay fees to support the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative. More...

Former Trump speechwriter’s ex-wife in hiding outside Maine

PORTLAND (AP) — The ex-wife of a former Trump speechwriter says she’s left Maine amid news reports about her allegations of physical and emotional abuse.  Jessica Corbett told the Portland Press Herald speaking out about her marriage More...

Idexx wants tax deal extended

WESTBROOK (AP) — A large veterinary technology company headquartered in Maine is seeking to extend a favorable property tax deal as it plans a major expansion.  More...

Navy issues request for proposals for more destroyers

Bath Iron Works

BATH   The Navy has submitted a request for proposals for more destroyers to be built by either Maine’s Bath Iron Works or Mississippi’s Ingalls shipyard, or both.  The Naval Sea Systems Command issued its final request on Thurs More...

General Dynamics buying CSRA for $6.8B

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — The defense contractor General Dynamics is buying CSRA for almost $7 billion with the latest Senate proposals pushing defense spending aggressively higher.  Shares of CSRA Inc. More...

Lame duck LePage to work until ‘very last minute’

AUGUSTA Maine’s outspoken governor has kicked off his final year in office by keeping a low profile. There have been no personal jabs, no radio rants. More...

Police: Man in custody after multiple hours in standoff

ROCKLAND (AP) — Maine police say they have apprehended a man who led a several hour standoff at a hotel armed with a walking stick. More...

Fewer crashes on Interstate 295 since speed limit lowered

PORTLAND (AP) — There have been fewer crashes on Interstate 295 north of Portland since the speed limit was reduced, though officials say it’s too early to say whether it’s the start of a positive trend.  More...

LePage: Unaware of alleged abuse by ex- White House staffer

AUGUSTA (AP) — A spokeswoman for Maine Gov. More...

Rules approved for better lobster data

PORTLAND (AP) — Interstate fishing managers say they have approved a new set of rules for lobster and crab fishing that they expect will improve data collection about the two valuable species.  More...

King: ‘Tip pool’ rule lacking transparency

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine Sen. Angus King is calling on the U.S. Department of Labor to release a report about proposed rules that would allow employers to create “tip pools” for tipped workers. More...

Gov. LePage wants electric cars fee

AUGUSTA (AP) — The LePage administration is proposing legislation that would add an annual fee on electric and hybrid cars in order to pay for highway maintenance.  More...

Lawmakers must attend more anti-harassment trainings

AUGUSTA Maine lawmakers are going to have to attend sexual harassment training in person instead of simply signing a form to fulfill the requirement. The House voted 120-24 Tuesday to support the change. More...

St. Albans man sentenced to 27 years for killing uncle

SKOWHEGAN (AP) — A St. More...

Woman apologizes for kicking police officer in groin

JAY (AP) — A Maine woman has pleaded guilty to kicking a Jay police officer in the groin during her arrest last year.  Forty-eight-year-old Carol Welch was sentenced to eight days in jail with credit given for four days already served Tues More...

Theater teacher admits creating fake Facebook pages to spy

KENNEBUNK (AP) — A theater director at a school in Maine who acknowledged creating fake Facebook profiles to eavesdrop on parents’ discussions is out of a job.  More...

Maine sees increase in reported syphilis cases

AUGUSTA (AP) — Public health officials in Maine say there has been an increase in syphilis cases, mirroring a national trend.  According to the Maine Center for Disease Control, the number of syphilis cases reported in the state increased More...