April 13, 2018 RSS feed / Maine

Justices ponder last minute ranked-choice voting query

PORTLAND With the clock ticking, state supreme court justices hastily convened attorneys Thursday to consider whether the secretary of state’s implementation of ranked-choice voting for the June primaries without funding by state lawmakers vio More...

House OKs marijuana bill, but with fewer votes

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine House has approved for a second time a compromise bill governing marijuana retail sales, sending the measure to the Senate for final enactment.  The 102-38 vote Thursday represented a veto-proof majority. More...

Zinke hints at exemption for offshore gas drilling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Department  of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he believes Maine residents will be “very happy” with a revised proposal on offshore drilling, which notes there are few reserves off the coast of Maine. More...

Governor announces 2 judicial nominees

AUGUSTA (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is backing two new judicial nominations.  The governor this week said he is re-nominating Hampden resident Gregory Campbell as District Court Judge in Bangor. More...

Student sues to compete in ‘Poetry Out Loud’

PORTLAND (AP) — A high school student who fled his native country of Zambia last year is suing the National Endowment for the Arts because it will not let him compete in the national “Poetry Out Loud” contest.  More...

Lobster shell disease nudges up slightly off of Maine

PORTLAND   A disease that disfigures lobsters has ticked up slightly in Maine in the last couple of years, but authorities and scientists say it’s not time to sound the alarm.  More...

Senate signs off on legal marijuana sales in state

AUGUSTA The Maine Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would eventually allow legal marijuana sales in the state, setting the stage for lawmakers to have enough support to avert a potential veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage. More...

Maine refuses to release records of lawmaker harassment

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine House and Senate are among the majority of legislative chambers nationwide that refuse to release formal records of sexual misconduct or harassment. More...

Ag businesses to be included in gas conservation fund

AUGUSTA (AP) — A bill designed to include large agriculture businesses in a natural gas conservation fund in Maine has been signed into law.  More...

Plan OK’d to lower age for naloxone access

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine House of Representatives has passed a bill designed to make the opioid overdose drug naloxone available to people under the age of 21.  More...

House OKs emergency funding for child abuse program

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine House of Representatives has signed off on an emergency bill to continue funding a child protection program. More...

Solar customers to face fewer incentives

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine regulators can move ahead on plans to gradually provide fewer bill credits for new buyers of solar panels.  More...

Pingree faces new, independent challenger

BIDDEFORD (AP) — Maine Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is getting another challenger.  Independent State Rep. More...

Brakey asks judge to keep opponent off ballot

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Republican who's running for U.S. Senate says he's going to ask a judge to bar his primary challenger because of petitions that contained forged signatures from both living and dead Mainers.  State Sen. More...

Ferrini-Mundy will be new U-Maine president

ORONO, Maine (AP) — The chief operating officer of the $7.8 billion National Science Foundation has been tapped to lead Maine's flagship public university.  Joan Ferrini-Mundy will assume the role of president of the University of Maine on More...

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...