PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The executive director of the California Academy of Sciences will give a presentation about global environment, climate change and land use at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Ocean Acidification Committee will hold its first meeting on Aug. 1.
The committee is studying the impacts of ocean acidification on the state’s environment and its economy. It is slated to meet in Walpole.
WINSLOW, Maine (AP) — A Sidney man who was charged earlier this year with sex trafficking is in trouble again, this time for attending a wedding in Winslow.
The Kennebec Journal reports that 47-year-old Frederick Horne was handcuffed by police in the parking lot of Fort Halifax Park on Sunday. He was summoned to appear in court on two counts of violating conditions of his earlier release.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A fatal car crash is under investigation in Saco.
Police say a 22-year-old woman from Lewiston was killed early Sunday when the car she was driving went off Buxton Road and crashed into a utility pole.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee is helping Maine Democrats rally around the candidates at the top of their ticket.
The event with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida is being held at the Portland Public Library on Monday.
COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Unions representing FairPoint Communications workers in northern New England say the sides remain far apart in contract negotiations.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers represents about 1,800 FairPoint employees in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire. Mike Spillane, a Vermont member of the negotiating team, told Vermont Public Radio that he has little hope of progress when talks resume on Tuesday. Members have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if necessary.
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — The head of a group working to streamline course offerings in the Maine university system says the goal is to have individual campuses develop specializations that can be offered to students at other campuses.
EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will open up to the public on Friday to allow science-minded residents a chance to tour the facility, meet experts and participate in hands-on activities.
STRONG, Maine (AP) — Two Franklin County, Maine fire departments will receive more than $119,000 in federal grants to help buy new gear.
The town of Rangeley is set to receive $99,743 to buy 16 new sets of breathing apparatus for firefighters. Strong’s fire department will get $18,456 for new protective gear.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The ex-husband of Maine’s Republican party vice chairwoman is due in court on charges that he threatened her, her boyfriend and one of her children with a loaded gun.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An Oxford resident who worked for a Lewiston-based marketing group is the newest business account executive for Maine.
Gov. Paul LePage said that Diane Jackson has joined the four other executives within the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development who work with businesses hoping to start up, expand or move to Maine.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The debate over immigration is raging in the three-person race for governor in Maine, far from where an influx of central American youth is crossing the nation’s southern border.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A law designed to crack down on the worst drunken driving violators in Maine goes into effect on Aug. 1.
The Sun Journal reports the law changes state statures so felony drunk driving convictions are never cleared from a person’s record and can be used in sentencing for future offense. Currently laws say the convictions are washed out after 10 years and can’t be used in determining punishments for repeat offenders.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The sentencing of a Vermont man convicted of wire fraud for submitting false invoices to a Maine town won’t be scheduled until sometime after Aug. 22.
Craig Sanborn, formerly of Maidstone, was convicted in May and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office says prosecutors are awaiting a pre-sentencing report about the case. The spokeswoman says Sanborn’s sentencing date will be scheduled at a court appearance that won’t happen sooner than Aug. 22.
PENOBSCOT, Maine (AP) — Maine marine officials are holding a public meeting in Penobscot to provide information on the science of shellfish aquaculture.
The meeting is scheduled for July 31. State officials will also inform the public about the ecological impacts of aquaculture. The meeting follows up on an April 30 meeting in which state officials provided the public with information about the state Department of Marine Resources aquaculture lease and license application and review process.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine bear hunters are getting ready to set bear bait for perhaps the last time.
Hunters who hunt bears with the use of bait can begin placing the bait on Saturday. Bear bait is typically sugary human food such as doughnuts. The state’s bear hunting season begins on Aug. 25 and ends Nov. 29.
CORNISH, Maine (AP) — The president of the Cornish Elementary School Parent Teacher Club has been charged with stealing about $3,000 from the group.
Authorities say 40-year-old Deanna Lovell of Parsonsfield was indicted by a grand jury on the Class C felony theft charge earlier this month.
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Acadia National Park in Maine has been named America’s Favorite Place by viewers of ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Acadia beat out Chicago’s Lakefront, Glacier National Park, Gulf Shores and Lake Tahoe for the honor.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The case of a Maine man charged with strangling a Lewiston man because he was angry he had informed on a friend is in the hands of the jury.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Nearly 20,000 Maine customers of health insurer Aetna are getting premium rebates because a provision in the Affordable Care Act limits what insurance companies can spend on administrative costs. The rebates for 2013 service, totaling more than $1.8 million, will be issued by Aug. 1. The Portland Press Herald reports that most will be in the form of temporary premium reductions although some customers might receive checks. The average payment will be $149 for thousands of the insurer’s Maine customers with employer-based plans. The rebates are the result of the “medical loss ratio” rule that caps administrative spending. The law is meant to protect consumers by ensuring that extra profits made by insurance companies would be rebated to customers and not used for executive bonuses or other administrative costs. ___ Information from: Portland Press Herald,