BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Maine man on trial in the killings of three people delivered his own opening statement Wednesday, calling the victims “drug addicts" and describing the deaths as “accidents” and “self defense.”
MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Francis X. Quinn, a former Associated Press reporter who covered Maine government and politics with fairness and integrity for more than a quarter century, has died. He was 70.
HOLLIS, Maine (AP) — Some nature advocates are worried that Maine residents are killing the wrong caterpillar as they seek to wipe out an invasive species that causes a rash with its toxic hairs.
The browntail moth caterpillar is an invasive pest that can cause a rash and respiratory distress in humans.
ALFRED, Maine (AP) — Three FedEx delivery vehicles traveling single file crashed into each other, sending one driver to the hospital and tying up traffic, officials said.
The delivery vehicles collided with each other when traffic slowed in front of them late Tuesday morning on busy Route 111, said Shannon Moss, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the case of a Maine man charged with threatening to kill Jewish people because one of the witnesses tested positive for COVID-19.
Federal authorities charged Brian Dennison, 25, of Buxton, with one count of transmitting a threat through interstate communication because of a tweet that threatened Jewish people during Rosh Hashanah in 2021.
AGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Many faculty members and students say the resignation of an incoming administrator isn't enough to satisfy concerns about the leadership of the University of Maine System.
Faculty at University of Maine at Augusta and two other public universities previously cast no-confidence votes in UMS Chancellor Dannel Malloy over the hiring of Michael Laliberte to lead the Augusta campus and job cuts on the Farmington campus.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Three firefighters were injured battling a major fire at a recently renovated hotel in Newport, Rhode Island, fire officials said.
The fire at the Wayfinder Hotel was reported at about 8 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nonprofits and community organizations want the state to begin coordinating services for asylum seekers after Maine's largest city announced this month that it could no longer guarantee housing.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The incoming president of a public university in Maine has voluntarily withdrawn from his position amid complaints from faculty members about his hiring.
Michael Laliberte was set to start as president of University of Maine at Augusta on Aug.
WELLS, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who fatally shot his toddler niece did so after getting into a fight with the child's father over a shirt, police said.
The girl, Octavia Huber-Young, died Saturday after the shooting in Wells.
WELLS, Maine (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder in the death of 2-year-old girl in Wells.
Andrew Huber Young is accused of shooting the toddler and two men at a home Saturday afternoon.
GARDINER, Maine (AP) — Communities in Maine are going to use more than $24 million in federal money to help clean up contaminated former industrial sites around the state.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The fate of University of Maine Chancellor Dannel Malloy is on the agenda as trustees meet over the next two days in Portland.
Malloy was hired in Maine three years ago after serving two terms as governor of Connecticut.
PASSADUMKEAG, Maine (AP) — A small town in Maine has effectively shut down because it no longer has a town clerk, code enforcement officer, assessor or animal control officer.
The Bangor Daily News reports that Christen Bouchard resigned last month from her position as town clerk in Passadumkeag, a town of about 350 residents north of Bangor.
LEEDS, Maine (AP) — The ripple effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have been devastating for families of all kinds — including those who have seen their prospective adoptions put on hold.
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers from Maine and Colorado are calling on senators to increase funding for infrastructure maintenance on federal lands.
Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine and Democratic Rep.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A teacher whose LGBTQ lesson plan for kindergartners was removed from a state website said Friday that the governor and education department succumbed to outside pressure.
The governor and department “caved to pressure instead of standing up for some of the most vulnerable people, families, and students in Maine,” Kailina Mills wrote in a social media post.
RICHMOND, Maine (AP) — Three Central Maine Power workers who smelled smoke and decided to investigate are being credited with helping to save a mother and son from a burning home in Richmond, officials say.
MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — Jury selection for the trial of a man charged in the shooting deaths of three people in Maine is set to begin soon.
The attorney for Thomas Bonfanti of Northfield said his client's trial could last two weeks.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A man who held a knife to a security officer's neck before being shot in a federal building in Maine's capital has pleaded not guilty.
Derik Broox Wight, 41, of Augusta entered the plea Wednesday to a single charge of assaulting a federal officer.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Education removed from its website a video containing an LGBTQ lesson plan for kindergarten students that was the subject of a Republican ad targeting Democratic Gov.
MONSON, Maine (AP) — Infestations of ticks contributed to a record high death rate for young moose tracked by wildlife managers in rural Maine.
CHINA, Maine (AP) — A species of fish has returned to a central Maine lake for the first time in generations.
Alewives, a kind of herring, reached China Lake this month, WMTW-TV reported on Wednesday.
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Faculty on a third University of Maine System campus gave a vote of no confidence to Chancellor Dannel Malloy.
The faculty senate at the University of Maine at Farmington delivered the rebuke Wednesday after the elimination of nine staff positions amid declining enrollment at the campus in the western part of the state.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Corrections workers in Maine thwarted an attempt by an inmate to escape from custody through bathroom ceiling tiles when he was at a hospital.
The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said the inmate tried to climb through the ceiling tiles at Maine Medical Center in Portland on Tuesday morning.
ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Maine man whose murder conviction was overturned by the state's highest court will have to pay $200,000 in bail to leave jail while he awaits a new trial.
Bruce Akers has been held without bail since his 2016 arrest stemming from the death of his neighbor, Douglas Flint.
DYER BROOK, Maine (AP) — Residents of a town in far northern Maine are experiencing trouble with mail delivery that officials blame on roads full of potholes.
Officials with the postal service told Dyer Brook officials last week that mail carriers were suspending deliveries because of unsafe roads, WGME-TV reported.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey said the state is preparing for a lawsuit against manufacturers of so-called forever chemicals.
Frey said at the Democratic State Convention last weekend that steps are being taken to “hold these chemical manufacturers to account.” He said an announcement could be made within weeks.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A proposed Maine Board of Environmental Protection order would let stand a permit issued for a $1 billion electric transmission corridor to serve as a conduit for Canadian hydropower.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A longtime Penn State University administrator has been tapped to lead the University of Southern Maine, officials said Monday.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Edmondson was described as a first-generation college student, accomplished College of Education administrator and, since 2017, chancellor of the Greater Allegheny campus.
BUXTON, Maine (AP) — A kindergartner whose backpack got stuck in the door of a school bus was dragged about about 575 feet (175.2 meters) before the driver noticed, officials said.
The boy's mother, Athena Lavigne, watched in horror as her 6-year-old son's backpack strap got stuck as the door closed Thursday afternoon.
MOUNT DESERT, Maine (AP) — A billionaire is tearing down David Rockefeller Sr.'s home on Mount Desert Island to make way for something new.
Danaher Corporation co-founder Mitchell Rales bought the 14.8-acre Ringing Point property for $19 million in January 2018, a year after Rockefeller died at the age of 101.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Gov. Janet Mills sought to steal a page from the GOP playbook at Maine’s Democratic Convention on Saturday, boasting of returning money to taxpayers and raising the rainy day fund to new heights.
UNITY, Maine (AP) — Maine's Land Use Planning Commission has approved a 700-acre solar energy project billed as one of the largest in New England.
Commissioners unanimously concluded that the Three Corners Solar Project in Benton, Clinton and Unity Township met regulatory requirements for the site.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator has joined an effort to try to help car dealerships cope with supply chain difficulty.
Sen. Angus King said dealerships in his state are facing higher costs and limited inventory due to supply chain disruption.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System chancellor who didn’t think a no-confidence vote was important enough to share with a search committee is now the subject of his own no-confidence votes.
COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) —
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England will close four health centers in Vermont and one in New Hampshire next month, while also expanding the days of operation at seven other centers in the region.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A woman has been charged with child endangerment after she allegedly used the opioid antidote naloxone to revive her 2-year-old daughter after the toddler got into the mother's drugs.
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Workers at a Starbucks store in Maine became the first in the state to announce their intent to unionize on Friday.
The six employees at the Biddeford store joined workers at dozens of Starbucks locations around the country who have sought to unionize.
HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — Maine is now home to a network of virtual dental services that supporters said would make dental care more readily available to children.
The practices are “virtual dental homes” in which children become patients with a dental practice but receive care in school and primary care settings, said Democratic Rep.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's commercial fishing industry fell 10% in catch volume and 15% in value during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal regulators said Thursday.
The 2020 haul of fish was 8.4 billion pounds, while the value of that catch was $4.8 billion, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Kari Morissette, executive director of the Church of Safe Injection, an organization dedicated to harm reduction for drug users, has died. She was 33.
Under her leadership, the organization became certified to operate needle exchange programs in Westbrook, Lewiston, Rumford, Bethel and Dixfield.
STANDISH, Maine (AP) — The sheriff in Maine’s most populous county needed to be rescued after his kayak capsized in Sebago Lake.
Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce suffered symptoms of hypothermia following the episode Wednesday and was taken to Maine Medical Center as a precautionary measure, officials said.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — U.S. COVID-19 cases are up, leading a smattering of school districts, particularly in the Northeast, to bring back mask mandates and recommendations for the first time since the omicron winter surge ended and as the country approaches 1 million deaths in the pandemic.
WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who was incarnated at a Windham prison has died about four months after an assault in his cell that hospitalized him with a traumatic brain injury.
The Maine Department of Corrections said Renaldo Jones, 30, died Tuesday.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has clarified some of its marijuana rulemaking procedures in a move supporters said would protect medical users and growers.
The bill to clarify new rulemaking parameters for the state Office of Marijuana Policy went into effect late last month as an emergency measure.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A message left in chalk outside Sen. Susan Collins' home urged her to support the Democratic effort to codify Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that established a constitutional right to an abortion nationwide.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Proponents in Maine of a stalled $1 billion energy corridor that sought to bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England power grid asked the state’s high court to breathe new life into the project Tuesday.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Some Maine school districts are returning to mandatory mask usage as COVID-19 case counts in the state rise.
Bangor schools returned to a universal mask requirement on Monday.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine will use a new fund to help cities and towns try to control the spread of invasive moth that causes an itchy rash.
The browntail moth is a pest in Maine, where the hairs of its caterpillars cause rashes and respiratory problems for unlucky residents and visitors.