AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are starting to vet 51 people that Gov. Paul LePage has nominated to state boards and commissions.
Legislative panels begin several days of public hearings begin on Wednesday. The full Senate is scheduled to reconvene on Tuesday to vote on whether to confirm the nominees.
YORK, Maine (AP) — A former nurse at York Hospital has been charged with stealing narcotic drugs from the hospital for her personal use.
Police say 45-year-old Nicolle Dauphinee of Kennebunkport was summoned to court next month to face a charge of stealing drugs.
HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — The Maine Coast Heritage Trust says its effort to raise nearly $1 million to buy two uninhabited islands in Casco Bay and keep them open to the public has been a success.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A Scarborough High School student is facing charges after allegedly bringing two knives to school, including a spring-loaded switchblade.
Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Germano was charged Tuesday after fellow students on a school bus told the driver they saw him sharpening a knife.
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — The medical examiner says the victim of a fire at a Biddeford apartment that was deliberately set died of smoke inhalation.
Michael Moore, and his roommate, James Ford, were removed unconscious from their Main Street apartment early last Thursday.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland man has been sentenced to four years in prison for transporting three women across state lines for the purposes of prostitution.
Samuel Gravely was also sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to three years of probation.
BATH, Maine (AP) — Workers have fired up one of the main turbines aboard the future USS Zumwalt, marking a milestone in construction of the stealthy warship.
Engineers and technicians at Bath Iron Works have spent months in preparation for lighting the turbines, similar to units on the Boeing 777. The turbines will provide the grunt for generators that drive the largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy.
RANGELEY, Maine (AP) — The town manager of a Maine town is quitting after four days on the job.
The Sun Journal reports Rangeley, Maine hired Jeff Grossman on Thursday and he quit on Monday. Select Board Chairman Dave Burgess says the selectmen and the manager agreed it wasn’t a good fit. Burgess says the town will release more information about the resignation later this week.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine environmental group is holding a community forum about environmental threats to Casco Bay.
Friends of Casco Bay will hold the “Casco Bay Is at Risk” forum on Wednesday evening at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. The event will include information about coastal acidification, the growth of invasive green crabs, and threats to Maine’s coastal economy.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Authorities want to question the boyfriend of a pregnant woman who was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle in Lewiston.
State police and Lewiston police say 32-year-old Laudrinha Kubeloso was fatally injured Tuesday afternoon. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new report shows that Maine candidates and outside groups have spent just one-third the amount to run television advertisements in state races this election cycle than four years ago.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Officials say 11 families have been displaced after a three-alarm fire ripped through an apartment building in Lewiston.
Flames broke out Tuesday evening at the apartment building downtown.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud continues to lead the pack in fundraising and in cash on hand.
Michaud raised more than $430,000 in the latest reporting period and has more than $1 million in his war chest as the three-way race for governor enters its final weeks. Michaud has raised more than $2.4 million since launching his campaign.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud says he will debate independent Eliot Cutler one-on-one if Gov. Paul LePage refuses to participate.
Michaud had originally said he would only attend debates if the Republican governor was present. But the Democrat’s campaign told WMTW-TV on Tuesday that he will participate in the debates even if LePage decides not to attend them.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for possessing child pornography and testifying falsely under oath in court.
Joel Dudley of Westbrook was convicted following separate jury trials in February and April.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Key Maine lawmakers are calling for a full investigation into the state-run Riverview Psychiatric Center following a newspaper article alleging abuse of patients by workers.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The suspect in a weekend stabbing in Augusta has been taken into custody after a brief standoff with police.
Deputy Chief Jared Mills says officers acting on a tip went to an apartment on Cedar Street at about 7:30 p.m. Monday and knocked on the locked door.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland program intended to keep drug addicts out of jail is staying open after Gov. Paul LePage intervened to end a dispute between the Department of Corrections and court officials.
ORRINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Brewer woman injured in a hit-and-run crash in Orrington earlier this month has died, and authorities are looking into whether the other driver should be charged.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new report from Maine’s Bureau of Labor Standards says 19 Maine workers died from occupational or work-related injuries in 2012.
The state’s fatality rate of 3.2 per 100,000 workers was slightly less than the national rate of 3.4 per 100,000. State officials say the rate declined one percentage point from 2011.