December 19, 2011 RSS feed / Maine

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Bank robber flees on bicycle in China CHINA (AP) — Police say a man who robbed a central Maine bank made his getaway on a bicycle before jumping into a pickup truck driven by an accomplice. More...

LePage defends Medicaid cuts

AUGUSTA ( AP) — As speaker after speaker pleaded with lawmakers to preserve Medicaid services targeted for cuts, Gov. More...

Cause of 2 Portland deaths unknown

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s medical examiner says autopsies have failed to determine how a husband and wife died in Portland, but there’s nothing to indicate foul play. More...

MaineCare budget scrutinized

Legislative hearings on proposed cuts start today in Augusta

AUGUSTA Lawmakers dug into an exhaustive discussion about the Department of Health and Human Services budget Tuesday and emerged no closer to consensus on the origins and magnitude of a looming shortfall. More...

Debate heats up over proposed Medicaid cuts

AUGUSTA Even before Maine lawmakers begin their review of Medicaid cuts that could leave 65,000 people without coverage, the talk is heating up over Gov. Paul LePage’s plan that’s aimed at avoiding a $220 million state budget shortfall. More...

Impact of Maine health insurance overhaul felt

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine businesses are beginning to feel the impact of a health insurance overhaul law the Legislature passed earlier this year, with some companies seeing premium drops while others seeing their rates rise. More...

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Funeral set for victim found in storage unit LEWISTON ( AP) — A funeral is planned for a Maine woman whose body was found in a storage unit rented by her former boyfriend nearly 20 years ago. More...

Man under arrested in Rumford stabbing

RUMFORD ( AP) — A Maine man is recovering from a stab wound and a Connecticut man is under arrest following a weekend domestic altercation. More...

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Snowe criticized for voting ‘present’ PORTLAND ( AP) — Two Democrats hoping to unseat Republican Sen. More...

A capella group planning Christmas program

PORTLAND — The Renaissance Voices, a 21- voice a capella ensemble, will perform “ Christmas with Renaissance Voices” at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cathedral of St. Luke, 143 State St. More...

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Lewiston company to add up to 50 jobs LEWISTON (AP) — A customer service and marketing company in Lewiston plans to expand and add up to 50 jobs. More...

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Barber shop broken into for fifth time MANCHESTER (AP) — The owner of a Manchester barber shop says his business has been broken into for the fifth time in the past three months. More...

Drug agents seize 2.5 pounds of bath salts

WATERVILLE (AP) — Maine drug agents say a 26-year-old man faces drug trafficking charges in connection with the seizure of 2.5 pounds of the synthetic mind-altering drug known as “bath salts.” More...

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Maine electric rates going down AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Rates are going down for residential and small commercial electric customers in Maine. More...

INDOOR WATER PARK OPENS

A YOUNGSTER DIVES in the new Pump House Indoor Water Park at the Jay Peak ski resort in Jay, Vt., on Monday. The water park celebrated its grand opening Monday and invited area children to partake. More...

Exotic dancer fired for race, not weight

HUMAN RIGHTS PANEL:

AUGUSTA An exotic dancer was unlawfully fired last year because of her race, the Maine Human Rights Commission found Monday. Cecilia Smith of Portland said PT’s Showclub in Portland fired her because she is black. More...

Man gets almost 5 years for dealing pot

PORTLAND ( AP) — The former co-owner of an organic food company in Maine has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for dealing marijuana. Seth Leaf Pruzansky of Durham was also ordered Monday in U.S. More...

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Noam Chomsky to discuss Arab Spring PORTLAND (AP) — Noam Chomsky, who’s known as the father of modern linguistics, will speak in Portland about the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East. More...

Folk musicians join forces for Yule gala

NEWCASTLE — Local folk musicians team up for traditional Christmas and Yuletide music in a concert called “Hey Ho the Holly” at 3 p.m. Sunday in St. Andrews Church on Glidden Street in Newcastle. More...

Diverse holiday music on tap in Waterville

WATERVILLE — The Waterville Opera House offers two special holiday programs, “ The Winter Wonderettes” and “ Christmas Sojourn.” Both shows take place in the venue’s Studio Theater, as renovations of the opera hous More...