April 26, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

Maine’s First Ship to hold gala May 2

BATH   Maine’s First Ship’s annual gala dinner takes place Tuesday May 2 at J.R. Maxwell’s in Bath, beginning at 5:30 pm. More...

Monument backer: LePage should visit land before criticizing

PORTLAND A key proponent of a national monument in Maine is challenging Republican Gov. Paul LePage to spend some time on the land before criticizing it. More...

Lobstermen testify in support of GPS tracking bill

AUGUSTA (AP) — Several lobstermen say they support a bill to allow Maine Marine Patrol officers to install tracking devices on fishing vessels, saying they are tired of fellow fisherman violating state regulations.  More...

Boy with matches or lighter sets fire that leaves 6 homeless

AUGUSTA (AP) — Authorities in Maine say a fire that left six people homeless in Augusta was set by a 5-yearold playing with either matches or a lighter.  The Augusta Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office said the Monday More...

Portland to Nova Scotia ferry to be extended 2 weeks

PORTLAND (AP) — The Portland City Council plans to extend the season for the Portland-to-Nova Scotia ferry service by two weeks.  The City Council unanimously approved a contract to extend the season on Monday. More...

Lawmakers consider ballot initiatives, clean elections

AUGUSTA (AP) — Lawmakers are considering bills to change the way that citizen initiatives get on the ballot.  Republicans like Gov. More...

Foster mom convicted in child’s high chair death is released

PORTLAND (AP) — A former Maine health official accused of binding her 5-yearold foster child in a high chair with duct tape and convicted of manslaughter in the child’s death has been released from prison.  WCSH-TV reports ex- Depart More...

Group chooses burial site for harbor project

PORTLAND (AP) — Officials in Portland have selected a burial site for soil dredged from a harbor project.  The Press Herald reports that a team of municipal officials, harbor authorities and grant-funded consultants have decided a water s More...

Brothers indicted for alleged welfare fraud

PORTLAND (AP) — Two  brothers from Westbrook, Maine, are facing federal charges for operating massive welfare fraud at a grocery market.   Acting U.S. More...

75-year-old killed in Gorham car crash

PORTLAND (AP) — Officials say a 75-year-old woman died after her car went off the road and crashed into a nearby wetland.  The accident happened Monday where Routes 112 and 114 intersect in the town of Gorham. More...

Appeals court upholds $250,000 in damages against Pan Am

PORTLAND (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld $250,000 in damages against Pan Am Railways, saying the company illegally retaliated against a Maine employee.  More...

Report: States lack policies to protect transgender youth

AUGUSTA Most states lack anti-discrimination policies and staff training needed to protect transgender youth in foster care, juvenile detention facilities and homeless shelters, according to a new report. More...

Governor wants public to pressure lawmakers on taxes

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s Republican governor says he’ll keep holding events around the state to encourage the public to push lawmakers to lower taxes until his term expires.  Gov. More...

Maine officials criticize block grant funding cuts

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine officials say social service agencies are threatened by federal block grant funding cuts.  The Portland Press Herald reports President Donald Trump has proposed cutting the Community Development Block Grant program th More...

Maine students restrained, secluded 13,000 times

PORTLAND (AP) — A new report finds Maine students were physically restrained and placed in seclusion about 13,000 times each year for the past four years.  The report by the advocacy group Disability Rights Maine indicates more than half o More...

Best-selling Maine author releases horror movie

LEWISTON (AP) — Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is springing onto the big screen with a low-budget horror film based on a Maine island.  “Island Zero” will be screened Saturday at the Emerge Film Festival.  More...

Poet tells story of husband’s dementia

PORTLAND (AP) — A Maine poet says she hasn’t read much about dementia in poetry but she’s changing that with a heartfelt poem dedicated to her husband.  Lee Sharkey’s “Letter to Al,” tells of her experience wi More...

Log truck blows tire, hits guardrail, crashes into a ditch

NEW LIMERICK (AP) — A Maine log truck has blown a tire, smashed into a guardrail and crashed into a ditch.  State police say it happened Monday on U.S. More...

Gymnastics coach charged with sexual abuse

KENNEBUNK (AP) — Law enforcement officials say a gymnastics coach has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor after being caught inside a darkened gym with a 14-year-old girl.  Prosecutors say 43-year-old Jeremy Link was seen with his pa More...

Study: Whale and boat collisions may be more common than thought

PORTLAND A group of marine scientists says collisions of whales and boats off of the New England coast may be more common than previously thought. More...