Maine news

AUGUSTA, Maine- The sparring has begun in a lawsuit over the stalled release of Clean Elections Act funding. Governor Paul LePage is being sued for disallowing the distribution of that money to publicly financed candidates for Governor and the legislature.

ORONO, Maine - A research team from the University of Maine has received a $1 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to further its work on a diagnostic sleep monitoring system.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The outside group hired to investigate complaints about Central Maine Power bills is expanding its review to include the utility's customer service performance.

LINCOLN, Maine (AP) - Authorities in Maine have arrested two men and charged them with selling methamphetamine.


Two of the state’s busiest prosecutorial districts will have new district attorneys in November after long-serving chief prosecutors decided not to seek re-election.

We discuss summer driving, autonomous driving, and other news from the world of cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs.

John Paul, AAA Northeast Car Doctor, joins us. He has more than 30 years of experience in the automobile industry and is an ASE-Certified Master Technician.


AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine 14-year-olds can bus tables at restaurants that serve liquor as the state's liquor bureau moves ahead with its plan.
The state Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations says the effort will address Maine's labor shortage in the tourism and service industries.
The bureau said July 5 that it's already allowing the proposed change even though it won't go into effect until August 1. That means 14-year-olds can begin bussing tables as long as they have work permits.

Portland's mayor and a city councilor are renewing a push to allow some noncitizens to vote in local elections.

The proposal would allow adult noncitizens who are legally present in the U.S., including asylum seekers and refugees, to vote in municipal elections such as local referendums. The Portland Press Herald reports noncitizens are allowed to vote in a handful of U.S. cities.

Democratic Mayor Ethan Strimling says the timing is right to place the initiative on the ballot this November, adding that City Councilor Pious Ali is leading the effort.

Portland Jetport is resuming flight operations, after a twin-engine propeller plane made a belly landing there Thursday morning.

No one was injured, but the incident forced a number of inbound flights to divert to other airports, and it left outbound travelers stranded for a couple of hours. The aircraft involved was lifted, its landing gear deployed, and was towed off the runway.

The Portland Press Herald reports the Federal Aviation Administration's database shows the plane is registered to a small Waterville carrier.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

As Maine's population has grown older, the number of school-aged children has declined, forcing some communities to close schools that have been social anchors for years. One recent school closure may serve to reflect the challenges faced by Maine's rural communities.

A Bangor Daily News reporter spent the past few months researching the work of sober houses in Maine. These are residential homes aimed at helping people in recovery from an addiction stay sober. We’ll learn how sober houses aim to provide a safe environment, who their clients tend to be, feedback from communities in which they appear, and what regulations, if any, they are subject to.

FRYEBURG, Maine - The Maine Fire Marshal's office says the blaze that destroyed two buildings and damaged several others at a historic fairground was accidental.
Fire investigators said Wednesday that the fire at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds was caused by an electrical malfunction inside a sheep barn.
The sheep barn was engulfed in flames when first responders arrived around 7 p.m. Tuesday. The fire spread to a nearby cattle shed, and both buildings burned to the ground.
No animals or people were injured. Damages are estimated at $500,000.

We’ll learn about Registered Maine Guides – the history of this program, what it takes to become a guide, and what it’s like to lead people on guided trips, whether it’s hunting, fishing or simply exploring Maine’s many wild places.

Maine Public

Gov. Paul LePage is crafting a bill that he says will improve Maine's child protection system.

FRYEBURG, Maine - A massive fire has destroyed two buildings and damaged several others at a historic fairground in Maine.
Officials say the fire started inside a sheep barn at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds Tuesday night and spread to the cattle shed.
Both buildings burned to the ground, and fair officials say six other buildings are damaged.
No animals were inside the structures at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.