March 24, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

Maine medical examiner wants more money to handle OD deaths

AUGUSTA   Maine is dealing with so many drug overdose deaths that the state medical examiner is asking for money to handle the workload.  The epidemic of heroin, fentanyl and other opioids is behind a record number of overdose deaths &mdash More...

Maine man charged again with stealing electricity for home

WALES (AP) — A Maine man has been arrested for the second time in over two months on charges he climbed a utility pole and used jumper cable clamps to steal electricity from a utility company for his home.  More...

Waterville bridge set to get $1M overhaul this summer

WATERVILLE (AP) — A Maine bridge is set to get a $1 million overhaul this summer.  The Morning Sentinel reports that work on the Thayer Memorial Bridge over Messalonskee Stream in Waterville is scheduled to begin in mid-June and be complet More...

NSF giving UMaine engineer more than $500K for voice study

ORONO (AP) — A mechanical engineer at the University of Maine will receive more than a half million dollars to study human voice production.  The National Science Foundation is giving Xudong Zheng the grant, which will help him lead a proj More...

Leather maker, Lyme tester among tech grants in Maine

BRUNSWICK (AP) — A company that makes leather products and a startup that wants to design a new Lyme disease test are among the recipients of more than $1 million in grants from the Maine Technology Institute.  More...

Maine accused of breaking revenue sharing contract

AUGUSTA (AP) — Elected officials across Maine have alleged that the state has breached its contract with their municipalities by keeping tax revenues intended to reduce pressure on local property taxes. More...

Singer Don McLean’s ex-wife says tweet constituted contempt

CAMDEN (AP) — The ex-wife of Don McLean wants the “American Pie” singer found in contempt of court for tweeting about her shortly after she was granted a protection order. More...

GOP senator: protect Trade Adjustment Assistance program

BANGOR (AP) — Maine Sen. Susan Collins says President Donald Trump’s labor secretary nominee should work to protect the Trade Adjustment Assistance program if he is confirmed.  More...

Gov. says he’ll testify against monument in Congress

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s Republican governor says he’ll testify before Congress against a national monument in his state.  Then-President Barack Obama created the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument last summer on nearly More...

Maine among states with job search database breached

PORTLAND (AP) — Hackers may have stolen personal information from people who used a job search database in 10 states, including Maine.  The Maine Department of Labor on Wednesday announced the breach of the America’s JobLink, a multi More...

Parents empowered by ruling in special ed case

Parents of learning disabled students say a unanimous Supreme Court ruling will make it easier for them to insist on appropriate services for their children, and harder for the schools to say no.  More...

Bill would bar discrimination toward climate change doubters

AUGUSTA   Maine laws protect people from discrimination based on factors such as race, disabilities and sexual orientation, and a Republican lawmaker wants to add a person’s beliefs about climate change to that list.  More...

Brunswick candidate to emcee Augusta Trump rally

BRUNSWICK   Supporters of President Donald Trump will gather in Augusta for a rally and march this Saturday, as part of a national Make America Great Again March.  Candidate Mark Holbrook of Brunswick, who is once again running to unseat in More...

Maine breweries employ 1,600 workers

PORTLAND ( AP) — A new report says Maine’s fast- growing craft beer industry sold $150 million worth of suds and employed more than 1,600 workers last year.  The Maine Brewer’s Guild and the University of Maine School of Econom More...

Man sentenced in fentanyl overdose

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — A Rochester, New Hampshire man is headed to prison for selling a fatal dose of fentanyl to a Maine man last summer.  More...

Scallop fishing area to be closed

PORTLAND (AP) — The federal government is shutting down scallop fishing in a key New England fishing area amid an ongoing conflict over the harvest of the valuable shellfish.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it wil More...

Loggers: Biomass electricity producer isn’t paying suppliers

AUGUSTA (AP) — Loggers are refusing to deliver wood chips and other biomass fuel to an electricity generator in Maine, saying they haven’t been paid since mid-February.  The Portland Press Herald reports the Professional Logging Cont More...

Driver critically hurt in truck collision

POLAND (AP) — Authorities in Maine say a driver was critically injured when his pickup truck collided head-on with a tractor-trailer in Poland.  The Androscoggin County Sheriff ’s Office says the driver of the truck, 55-year-old Davi More...

Bill to help officers with PTSD

AUGUSTA (AP) — A police office diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder could have an easier time accessing worker’s compensation under a Democrat’s bill. More...

Marsden Hartley landscapes on view in Manhattan’s Met Breuer Museum

NEW YORK   A little bit of Maine has come to a Manhattan museum with the opening of “Marsden Hartley’s Maine.” And for travelers who want to see the places depicted in the paintings, there’s a companion itinerary for visi More...