PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine fisheries regulators say the state should license elver exporters as part of the state’s effort to tighten oversight of the fishery.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources is preparing legislation to require individuals who ship baby eels overseas to buy a $5,000 exporter’s license. The state already licenses elver fishermen and dealers. Maine elver fishermen harvested nearly 9,700 pounds of the eels last year at an estimated value of $8.4 million.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The average price of gasoline in Maine has fallen 4.3 cents a gallon in the last week.
Website GasBuddy.com reports the average price was $2.11 per gallon, according to a daily survey of 1,228 Maine outlets. The website says the national average fell 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.02 per gallon.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System is considering a proposal to reduce tuition for military veterans’ dependents living outside the state.
The system would offer in-state tuition to all veterans’ dependents who qualify for the GI Bill, bringing it in line with new federal requirements for public colleges and universities.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers from both parties are making a push this year to fund a unit in the attorney general’s office that would focus solely on investigating the state’s more than 100 unsolved homicides.
HARTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police say two 15-year-old boys from St. Albans have been charged with six burglaries and thefts, including the theft of guns, in Hartland, St. Albans and Palmyra.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — City officials say the landlord of a Portland apartment building in which six people died in a fire is facing legal action if he fails to fix safety code violations in another building he owns.
WINTHROP, Maine (AP) — A couple of volunteers for an organization that delivers hot meals to elderly residents of Winthrop is being credited with saving a 99-year-old man’s life.
Nelson and Sherry Lavigne, volunteers for Winthrop Hot Meal Kitchen, said they were making a delivery around 5 p.m. Wednesday when they found Gordon Alcott down on his back porch, bleeding from the head.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Law enforcement authorities say a man wanted in connection with the death of his wife in Michigan has been spotted in Maine.
The Allegan County Sheriff’s office in Michigan says Maine law enforcement officials have received several possible sightings of Harold “Butch” Knight in Maine since Jan. 16.
OXFORD, Maine (AP) — A popular drag racing facility in Oxford, Maine, will reopen this coming spring after suspending operations for the 2014 season.
The Sun Journal reports Oxford Dragway owner Jeff Shock and operations manager Crystal Lancaster say there will be a season this year and they will host a drivers meeting on Feb. 1. The eighth-mile straightaway did not have sufficient help to host its weekly races last year.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is seeking to raise awareness of human trafficking.
The Republican governor will sign a proclamation on Friday that designates next week as “Human Trafficking Awareness Week.”
PARIS, Maine (AP) — A Maine jeweler says a piece of apatite he is cutting is the largest apatite gemstone ever found in North America.
The Sun Journal reports Dennis Creaser of Paris, Maine, says the purple gemstone weighed 65.5 carats when it arrived in his store. A Connecticut mineral dealer hired him to cut the gem after obtaining it when a collector in that state died. The apatite came from Pulsifer Quarry in Auburn, Maine, where it was mined.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s highest court has upheld workers’ compensation benefits for the widow of a Salvation Army worker who died from a heart attack while on a treadmill at home.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine committee has endorsed Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s nominee to the Public Utilities Commission.
The Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee unanimously supported Carlie McLean’s nomination to the board on Thursday.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin has joined GOP colleagues in voting for a bill to tighten federal restrictions on abortions.
The House voted Thursday by a near party-line, 242-179, to permanently bar federal funds for any abortion coverage as anti-abortion activists surged through the city on their annual protest march to the Supreme Court.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the New England Patriots are a “less than ethical” franchise and cemented that reputation with this week’s controversy about the use of deflated balls in the AFC Championship Game.
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — Authorities have determined that no criminal charges will be filed against the driver whose vehicle struck and killed Cape Elizabeth’s former public works director at the town’s transfer station.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine is touting increased access to natural gas as a way to boost his state’s ailing paper production industry.
The 2nd District congressman says the high cost of electricity has contributed to mill closures and job losses in the state’s paper industry, which lost about 1,000 workers in 2014. He used a Wednesday House floor speech to call for “increased production and transportation of natural gas to drive down the cost of electric power.”
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A group that want to implement ranked-choice voting in Maine elections is planning to wait until 2016 before putting its proposal before voters.
The Committee for Ranked-Choice Voting had been considering trying to force a referendum this year, but says it wants more time to educate voters on the proposal’s merits. Thursday is the deadline to submit signatures to qualify for the 2015 ballot.
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who sexually molested two brothers under the age of 14 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Jonathan Clark, of Lovell, was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Superior Court after pleading guilty to 10 counts of gross sexual assault.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — The four-alarm fire that destroyed an empty Old Orchard Beach motel has been ruled arson.
Sgt. Joel Davis, a state fire investigator, said Wednesday night that the Americana Motel was unoccupied and had no electrical service.