January 26, 2012 RSS feed / Maine

Ex-NFL star champions concussion bill

AUGUSTA (AP) — Saying the days of winning one for the Gipper are over, Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett came to Maine’s State House on Wednesday to champion a bill addressing a growing concern from school sport fields to the Natio More...

New party earns spot on Maine ballot

AUGUSTA (AP) — A new political party that’s pushing for a bipartisan ticket in the 2012 presidential election says it’s earned a spot on November’s presidential ballot in Maine.  More...

Former turnpike chief to keep his pension Scarborough official avoids jail time

AUGUSTA (AP) — The former chief of the Maine Turnpike Authority will get to keep his more than $5,000 per month state pension even though he may go to prison for stealing from the agency.  Former executive director Paul Violette is schedul More...

Rumford man accused of driving drunk

RUMFORD (AP) — Police have charged a Rumford man with driving drunk as he was headed to the local high school to pick up two teenagers.  Police say 52-year-old Kevin Nasatowicz was pulled over after he failed to yield at an intersection as More...

Maine jobless rate unchanged at 7%

AUGUSTA ( AP) — The Maine Labor Department says the state’s December unemployment rate was 7 percent, unchanged from the November figure.  Labor Commissioner Robert Winglass said Tuesday the preliminary 7 percent figure for December More...

State lawmaker paid by PAC for blog

AUGUSTA (AP) — A state lawmaker who was paid by a political action committee for writing a blog says she did nothing wrong.  Sen. More...

N.H. woman arrested for role in robbery

YORK (AP) — Authorities have arrested a New Hampshire woman accused of helping with a bank robbery in Maine.  Police say 33- year- old Christie Hendrix of Manchester, N.H., is charged with aiding and abetting armed robbery of the Savings B More...

Ethics panel weighs casino funding probe

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s Ethics Commission is considering a request to investigate the 2011 campaign finance reporting by the two political action committees that promoted the 2011 Lewiston casino citizen initiative.  That referendum p More...

Jefferson man dies in two-car crash

JEFFERSON (AP) — A Jefferson man has died in a twocar crash in town.  Police say 73- year- old Robert Lawrence was pronounced dead at a hospital after the crash on Route 32 at about 9:30 a.m. More...

Legislative panel OKs anti-bully bill

AUGUSTA ( AP) — A legislative committee has endorsed an anti-bullying bill that would set guidelines for schools statewide.  The bill failed to move forward last year when critics said it would restrict free speech and be too costly to enf More...

Bangor airport gets full-body scanner

BANGOR (AP) — Bangor International Airport is the latest airport in Maine to get full-body scanners.  The Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday unveiled and demonstrated the advanced imaging technology scanner at the airport. More...

Gay marriage backers to reveal decision

AUGUSTA ( AP) — Gay marriage supporters collected more than 100,000 signatures, and they’re ready to announce whether they’re going to move forward with another referendum.  More...

Maine poverty report coming out today

AUGUSTA ( AP) — Advocates for low-income Mainers are presenting a report that highlights the impact of poverty on children, families and seniors.  The Maine Community Action Association is releasing its annual Poverty Report Update today. More...

Probe into casino PAC funding moves on

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Maine ethics board has given the goahead for a deeper investigation into the finances of two political action committees that supported efforts to bring a casino to Lewiston last year.  The Maine Commission on Governmental More...

Police refuse to release toddler 911 recording

WATERVILLE ( AP) — Police have denied a request to release the audio recording and written transcript of the 911 call made to report the disappearance of a Waterville toddler.  More...

Maine state trooper pleads guilty to OUI

PORTLAND ( AP) — A Maine state trooper cited for drunken driving by a fellow trooper has pleaded guilty.  A judge on Tuesday fined Robin Parker $500 and suspended his driver’s license for 90 days. More...

Man sentenced to 32 years in prison

PORTLAND (AP) — A Portland man with a history of mental illness has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for stabbing an acquaintance and trying to cut up the body.  More...

Maine communities get free used buses

AUGUSTA ( AP) — Four community transit services in Maine are getting free buses from a New York county.  The Maine Department of Transportation says a fleet of 14 buses rolled into the state Tuesday from the Westchester County Public Work More...

Portland man plans to challenge Pingree

PORTLAND ( AP) — A mariner from Portland has announced plans to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. More...

Man gets 6 months for benefits scam

BANGOR (AP) — A Brewer man has been sentenced to six months in prison for continuing to collect his mother’s worker’s compensation survivor benefits for the death of her husband even after she died.  Federal prosecutors say 57- More...