PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s bear hunting season gets underway amid a drive from animal rights activists to ban three methods of hunting the animals.
State residents will vote in November on a proposal to ban hunting bears with bait, dogs or traps. The general bear hunting season begins Monday and closes Nov. 29.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The head of Planned Parenthood and its political arm is heading to Maine this week to support Democrat Mike Michaud, for Maine governor.
Cecile Richards is hosting a “Women for Mike” rally outside of Portland City Hall on Wednesday.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston man charged with falsifying evidence into the investigation of a slaying has been sentenced to time served.
The Sun Journal reports that Sebastian Moody pleaded guilty in November to a charge of falsifying physical evidence and on Thursday was sentenced to the 107 days he’s already served in jail. A felony charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution was dropped.
NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine (AP) — A Norridgewock man says he was shocked to find members of another family buried in his family’s plot in a town-owned cemetery.
Stephen Bishop tells the Morning Sentinel he first discovered the situation last year while he was moving the ashes of his brother, who died as an infant in 1944, from Skowhegan to Sunset View Cemetery.
WISCASSET, Maine (AP) — A decision by officials in Wiscasset to rename a road in town after the local high school’s former sports team nickname — changed because some people found it offensive — is drawing criticism from Native Americans.
ALFRED, Maine (AP) — An Old Orchard Beach man charged with beating and stabbing his grandmother to death in the home they shared, then setting it on fire, has been sent by a judge to a state psychiatric hospital for a 60-day evaluation.
BROWNVILLE, Maine (AP) — A Vermont man convicted of wire fraud for submitting false invoices to a Maine town has reached the end of his allotted time to file objections to a pre-sentencing reporting.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Regulators are set to begin reviewing a report that says the amount of cod spawning in the Gulf of Maine is at an all-time low.
Scientists at the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service say the amount of cod spawning in the gulf is estimated to be only 3 to 4 percent of its target level. Their updated assessment of the Gulf of Maine cod fish stock could be used to create new regulatory measures for the fishery, but it must first be peer reviewed. An assessment oversight panel will meet with peer reviewers and New England Fishery Management Council staff on Friday to begin that process.
WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Emergency officials say divers pulled the body of a man from the Presumpscot River in Westbrook after hours of searching.
The Portland Press Herald reports the man was pulled from the river on Thursday around 1:10 p.m. Deputy Fire Chief Andy Turcotte says emergency workers received multiple calls starting at 9:05 a.m. reporting a man in the water near the Saccarappa Power Plant. Authorities have not identified the man.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Democrats are calling on the Republican Party to retract campaign mailers that they say falsely blame gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud for the loss of jobs at a paper mill.
WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — Maine’s attorney general says a police officer was acting in defense of himself and others when he fatally shot a 66-year-old man in Windham.
Janet Mills says that Cumberland County Deputy Sherriff Nicholas Mangino was legally justified in using deadly force against Stephen McKenney in April.
WINTRHOP, Maine (AP) — A Scarborough man has been charged with manslaughter in a November car crash in that killed a Winthrop couple.
The Kennebec Journal reports ( ) that 44-year-old Jeffrey Ray was indicted on double manslaughter charges on Wednesday.
DEDHAM, Maine (AP) — Tests on private wells around Maine found dangerously high levels of fluoride in 10 towns.
The Portland Press Herald ( ) reports the tests were performed in about 25 percent of Maine towns and Scientific American reported the results on Wednesday. Eight of the 10 towns with dangerously high levels are in Hancock County. Maine Geological Survey director Robert Marvinney says that is likely attributable to a high level of granite in the area.
LIVERMORE, Maine (AP) — Maine’s apple growers say they’re expecting a good crop this season despite several hailstorms that caused damage at some orchards.
Rob Boothby, a sixth-generation farmer and owner of Boothby’s Orchard & Farm in Livermore, tells the Sun Journal he was spared hail damage and is expecting a “better year than most.”
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A 66-year-old Maine man police say claimed to have a grenade and a gun when he robbed a Hallowell bank in June has pleaded not guilty.
John Cecil Slater entered his plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court and remains in custody.
HEBRON, Maine (AP) — A heating oil company is picking up the tab for a 1,500-gallon spill at a Hebron elementary school.
Superintendent Rick Colpitts and Jessamine Logan, a spokeswoman for the Department of Environmental Protection, tell the Sun Journal that C.N. Brown oil company of Paris has assumed full responsibility for the cleanup.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Railway Administration is awarding two grants totaling $350,000 to help short line and regional railroads reduce the risks associated with shipping crude oil, propane and other hazardous materials.
CASCO, Maine (AP) — Four active-duty Navy SEALs are swimming more than 13 miles for charity in Maine.
The SEALs plan to swim the entire length of Sebago Lake on Thursday to raise money to send dozens of military families to Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail.
The Park Service said Wednesday the interim rule prohibits launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New federal statistics show economic growth in New England has been slowest in Connecticut and Maine since the end of the Great Recession.
The Commerce Department released statistics of quarterly gross domestic product — the measure of all goods and services — from 2005 to 2013. From the second quarter of 2009 until the end of 2013, the economies of Connecticut and Maine grew by 3 percent.