April 10, 2018 RSS feed / Maine

Bill to extend lobster marketing group passes

PORTLAND   A bill that will enable a Maine lobster marketing group to continue touting the state's signature seafood export in the coming years became law on Monday.  More...

Fishermen, environmentalists: Fight over monitors not over

PORTLAND Commercial fishermen and environmental groups agree that a longstanding dispute over the future of at-sea monitoring is far from over, despite recent funding help from Congress. More...

Jurors convict Army veteran in killing, burying wife

SKOWHEGAN   A jury needed only 40 minutes to reach a guilty verdict Monday after an Army veteran accused of killing his wife and burying her body with flowers, a bag of potato chips and a bottle of Gucci cologne called "Guilty" took the unusual More...

Gravestones damaged in car crash

WHITEFIELD (AP) — A car crash has seriously damaged historical gravestones in a Maine cemetery belonging to mostly Irish Catholic immigrants from the 19th century.  More...

Woman alleges she was shackled in cage

PORTLAND (AP) — A Maine woman who says she was taken from Florida to Maine while shackled inside of a dog cage has filed a federal lawsuit against Maine county officials and the contracted private transportation company.  Meghan Quinn says More...

Harvest of clams continues to dwindle in New England

PORTLAND The harvest of soft-shell clams is dwindling along the coast of New England, where the shellfish are embedded in the culture as much as the tidal muck. More...

Candidate remains in Senate race despite invalid signatures

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s Secretary of State says a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate can remain in the race despite the fact that a number of the signatures on his candidate petition are from people who died several years ago.  More...

GOP chastises Dems for blocking hearing

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Republicans are criticizing Democrats for blocking an effort to hold a public hearing on a ballot question to raise taxes to provide home care for elderly and disabled people needing help with daily activities.  The r More...

Mert Henry, longtime GOP adviser in Maine, Bowdoin grad, has died at 92

PORTLAND (AP) — Merton “Mert” Henry, a Republican attorney, World War II veteran, political adviser, and Bowdoin College trustee, has died at age 92.  More...

Backers of ‘Eastern Wildway’ plan to present idea in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK (AP) — A Maine environmental group is hosting a presentation about the concept of an “Eastern Wildway” to help wildlife travel across North America.  Friends of Merrymeeting Bay is hosting the event on Wednesday in Br More...

Lawmakers start to debate Medicaid expansion funding

AUGUSTA Maine lawmakers on Thursday began publicly discussing how to pay for voter-approved Medicaid expansion as tens of thousands of low-income Mainers who could benefit wait for the state to take action. More...

Backlash over Waterville mayor’s Parkland tweet

WATERVILLE   A Maine mayor is receiving backlash for a tweet making fun of a Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivor.  The Morning Sentinel reports some Waterville officials are calling for Republican Mayor Nick Isgro to resign. More...

Maine petting zoo is site of first reindeer birth in years

WINSLOW   A traveling Maine petting zoo says its reindeer has unexpectedly given birth to the first baby reindeer in the state in more than 20 years.  Pony X-Press co-owner Ed Papsis says the reindeer is a dark brown female calf, and it was More...

Police bust meth lab in Bangor apartment

BANGOR (AP) — Police in Maine are searching for the suspects who were running a meth lab inside a Bangor apartment.  More...

NOAA extends whale protection zone

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — Federal ocean managers are extending a voluntary speed restriction zone off of Massachusetts to try to help protect endangered right whales.  More...

Portland sues drug makers over opioids

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s largest city is suing a host of pharmaceutical companies over the toll of the nationwide opioid abuse epidemic locally.  Portland officials filed their lawsuit Thursday afternoon in Cumberland County Superior More...

Rockport man indicted in slaying of 4 in Massachusetts

GROTON, Mass. (AP) — A 23-year-old man accused of fatally beating his mother, grandparents and their caretaker with a baseball bat at a home in Massachusetts has been indicted by a grand jury on four counts of murder.  More...

Report: Tourists in Maine reach 5-year high, spending down

PORTLAND (AP) — State officials say the number of tourists visiting Maine reached a five-year high last year, but tourist spending flat-lined. More...

Police chief standing by decision to shoot 600-pound bull

SKOWHEGAN (AP) — The Maine police chief who shot and killed a 600-pound bull on the loose says he’s standing by his decision, despite criticism.  Skowhegan Police Chief David Bucknam says he would not change how he reacted. More...

Gun bills address mental health, ‘high-risk’ individuals

AUGUSTA   Maine courts could keep “high-risk” individuals from possessing firearms under legislation that lawmakers are considering.  More...