PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Regulators have agreed to allow Maine’s lucrative glass eel fishery to remain open next year as long as Maine officials devise a plan that will cut the state’s 2014 catch by at least 25 percent.
AUGSTA, Maine (AP) — A Pew Charitable Trusts report says that health care spending per prison inmate in Maine declined over seven years while many states saw those costs grow.
The report released Tuesday says that Maine’s spending dropped 13 percent from $7,762 per inmate in 2001 to $6,740 per inmate in 2008.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State officials say heating fuel prices in Maine are “relatively stable” as the winter heating season approaches.
The latest weekly price survey by the governor’s energy office finds an average statewide price of $3.53 cents per gallon for Number 2 heating oil and $3.94 per gallon for kerosene. Both prices have dropped a penny in the last week.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A former Maine special education teacher has pleaded not guilty to federal child pornography charges.
Partrik Arsenault, who also faces state charges, was ordered held without bail after his arraignment last week in U.S. District Court in Bangor.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The prostitution scandal involving a Zumba instructor in a postcard-perfect Maine town is rapidly drawing to a close.
The final five cases are awaiting resolution and that could happen in coming weeks, either with pleas or trials. After that, prosecutors anticipate no further charges because judges ruled that the woman, Alexis Wright, cannot be forced to testify.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A panel of Maine legislative leaders is poised to decide which recently introduced bills should be considered when lawmakers return in January.
The Legislative Council, the 10-member bipartisan group of House and Senate floor leaders and presiding officers, will meet on Wednesday.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine fishermen are being given a 70-day scallop season along most of the coast.
Regulators say the upcoming season will begin Dec. 2 and continue through late March from Kittery to Lubec. Fishermen in the scallop-rich waters of Cobscook Bay along the Canadian border in far eastern Maine have been given a 50-day season, which also starts Dec. 2.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Regulators from East Coast states are considering possible new regulations that could place strict limits on or even close down Maine’s lucrative glass eel fishery.
FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is preparing to release some 2,000 brown trout into the Kennebec River as part of a study of trout populations in a stretch of the waterway.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers are set to receive a briefing on the $40 million MaineCare rides program after reports of missed rides and thousands of complaints.
The Portland Press Herald, reports that Tuesday’s progress report could determine whether legislative leaders push to cancel any contracts with private companies that provide transportation to and from medical appointments for low-income and disabled residents.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine’s largest labor organization is making its endorsements for governor and 2nd District congressman in next year’s elections.
The Maine AFL-CIO is endorsing Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud for governor in the race against Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine veterans will have a chance to learn about health care, education and job opportunities throughout the state next month.
The fair hosted by the Lewiston and Auburn Military & Community Network will be held Saturday Nov. 16 at the National Guard Armory on Alfred Plourde Parkway in Lewiston.
MONTICELLO, Maine (AP) — The Maine Potato Board has selected a 23-year-old woman as its 2013 young farmer of the year.
Officials say Sara Corey of Monticello is the first woman to receive the award. She’s also the youngest recipient of the award.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Health officials are confirming Maine’s first flu case of the season.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that an adult from Kennebec County tested positive late last week for the influenza A virus. The patient did not require hospitalization and is recovering at home.
SOUTH THOMASTON, Maine (AP) — Officials in Maine say one of two fishermen rescued after their boat sank off the Massachusetts coast has died.
A Coast Guard helicopter spotted the two crew members from the 65-foot Terra Nova in the water Friday night, and the Coast Guard said both were rescued. But Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison in Maine said Monday that one of them, David Oaks of South Thomaston, had died.
OAKLAND, Maine (AP) — Citing safety concerns, at least two central Maine towns are considering alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating on Halloween.
In Benton, children and their parents can attend a “Trick or Trunk” event on Thursday evening in the parking lot of the town’s elementary school. Instead of going door to door, kids can go car to car for candy dispensed from the trunks of the vehicles. There will also be other activities including haunted hayrides.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine voters will be considering three separate bonding requests for higher education on next week’s ballot.
The approach by state education leaders differs from a year ago, when a single bond proposal for three state institutions was rejected by a narrow margin.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is inspecting the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge that connects Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine.
The inspection is scheduled to start Monday. The bridge carries U.S. Route 1 bypass over the Piscataqua River between the two states.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A man who lived alone in the Maine woods for nearly three decades may soon be admitted to a special court program and released from jail.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Maine’s second-busiest Bureau of Motor Vehicles office has moved from South Portland to Scarborough.
The new BMV office on Expedition Drive in Scarborough opens on Monday.
The old branch at the Maine Mall in South Portland closed on Thursday.