January 4, 2012 RSS feed / Maine

Maine lawmakers return to Augusta

AUGUSTA Maine’s Medicaid shortfall will be the dominant and most pressing issue as lawmakers return to the State House today to begin their 2012 session. More...

Officials urge online filing for benefits

AUGUSTA ( AP) — The Maine Department of Labor is ramping up for a rush of post-holiday, seasonal layoffs. More...

Bridge connecting N.H., Maine closing

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The nearly 90- year- old bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine is closing to all pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Monday as contractors get ready to demolish it for a replacement. More...

Camden town official under investigation

CAMDEN ( AP) — Camden’s economic development director is being investigated for allegedly impersonating a state official whose job he once held. More...

Lighthouse to be featured on quarter

BASS HARBOR ( AP) — Maine’s Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse has been chosen to appear on a new line of quarters featuring parks, national forests and historic sites. More...

Explosion reported in Farmington Monday

FARMINGTON (AP) — The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating an explosion in Farmington. No one was reported hurt as a result of the explosion reported after 9 p.m. on Monday. More...

Maine’s version of ‘Biggest Loser’ begins

PORTLAND (AP) — Many people resolve to lose weight in the new year. This year, Mainers can star in their own version of the “ Biggest Loser” reality show. The goal of the fourth annual Dr. More...

Maine road deaths lowest since 1959

PORTLAND Even as drivers are increasingly distracted by cellphones, email and texting, the number of highway deaths dipped to the lowest level in more than five decades in Maine and to an all-time low in neighboring New Hampshire in 2011, officials More...

Maine 2011 fire deaths more than double from ’10

PORTLAND ( AP) — The number of fire deaths in Maine more than doubled last year from the state’s record low set in 2010. Steve McCausland of the Maine Public Safety Department says the state recorded nine fire deaths in 2010. More...

Maine heating oil prices remain steady

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s heating oil prices are holding steady. The Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security said the average statewide price Tuesday was $3.56 a gallon, down a penny from a week ago. More...

Owner of strip club will not appeal ruling

WESTBROOK (AP) — The owner of a strip club that was open for one day before being shut down says he won’t appeal following a federal judge’s ruling that the city of Westbrook didn’t violate his constitutional rights by revokin More...

Maine to get grant for wetlands project

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine is one of 13 states receiving grant money from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service for coastal wetland properties. More...

New Hampshire man seeks new trial

PORTLAND (AP) — A New Hampshire man convicted of strangling his fiancee in her Maine home has asked a judge to grant him a new trial based on “newly discovered evidence.” More...

Councilor facing DUI charge works on deal

SCARBOROUGH ( AP) — Prosecutors and defense lawyers say the drunken driving case against a Scarborough town councilor is likely to be settled through a plea agreement before it goes to trial. More...

Authorities uncover jail escape plot

AUBURN ( AP) — The Androscoggin County sheriff says he has sent two inmates to jails elsewhere in the state after uncovering a plot to escape the county lockup. More...

Prescription drugs stolen from pharmacy

GARDINER (AP) — Police are looking for man who robbed prescription drugs from a Gardiner pharmacy. Police say a man who appeared to be in his early 20s walked into the Rite Aid on Spring Street just after 2 p.m. More...

Norway man died in van rollover Sunday

LOVELL (AP) — A passenger in a minivan has died after it rolled over and struck a utility pole in Lovell. Police say 30-year-old Eric Blades of Norway was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. More...

Power parachuter left hanging in a tree

LITCHFIELD ( AP) — A man flying a powered parachute was left hanging on a tree limb more than 70 feet high for a while after a gust of wind blew him out of control. John Beganny, 66, suffered cuts to his head and face on Sunday. More...

TAKING THE PLUNGE

Maine ocean plunge benefits Special Olympics

OLD ORCHARD BEACH (AP) — Hundreds of Mainers are greeting the new year by taking a plunge in the frigid ocean waters off Old Orchard Beach for the 24th annual cold-water fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Maine. More...