GRAY, Maine (AP) – A group of high school students in Gray are in the running to win $20,000 for Gray-New Gloucester High School for designing a smartphone application that helps users track their health and fitness.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) – Authorities say at least four people were taken to hospitals following a multi-vehicle crash in Auburn.
The Sun Journal reports that witnesses say multiple vehicles were involved in the wreck at 6 p.m. Wednesday on Minot Avenue near the Washington Avenue rotary.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) – Skowhegan’s police chief is promising a crackdown on people who use parking spots reserved for the disabled, even in private lots owned by stores.
Chief Ted Blais says he thought his department’s hands were tied when it came to citing motorists for parking in restricted zones in private lots such as those at Walmart and Hannaford supermarket.
PARIS, Maine (AP) – A man who spent a decade in prison after being convicted of murder is back behind bars after pleading no contest to a felony weapons charge.
The Sun Journal reports that Frank Cugliata was sentenced to a year in jail after entering his plea to a possession of firearms by a prohibited person in Oxford County Superior Court.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) – A Canaan man is facing charges after cashing stolen checks to the tune of about $12,000.
Matthew Reilly is charged with forging business checks from Kennebec Metals recycling in Skowhegan and cashing them at stores in Athens, Anson, Clinton and Augusta, as well as the Skowhegan Walmart and Bangor Savings Bank.
According to Maine utility officials about 7,500 customers were without power along the coast due to a broken insulator Wednesday night.
Crews were at work in Blue Hill, Brooklin, Sedgewick, Brooksville, Winter Harbor, Surry and Penobscot.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Central Maine Power customers who opt for the “standard offer” for electricity will be seeing their rates going down beginning in March.
The Public Utilities Commission, which feared rates would be going up, not down, approved bids Tuesday that will lead to a 13.4 percent drop in rates for the 10-month period from March 1 through the end of December.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – A settlement has been reached in a whistle-blower case targeting the Maine Center for Disease Control.
The lawyer for Sharon Leahy-Lind and Katie Woodbury confirmed to the Portland Press Herald that the parties agreed to terms of a settlement but said the details were confidential.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has the green light to begin drug testing some welfare applicants.
A spokesman for Attorney General Janet Mills said Tuesday that her office has given final approval to the governor’s proposed rule and submitted it to the secretary of state’s office.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine teenager will be committed to a juvenile detention facility until he turns 17 after admitting to aggravated criminal mischief stemming from a 2013 fire.
The Sun Journal ( ) says the 14-year-old boy from Lewiston will be committed to Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland. He was facing felony arson charges before pleading to the mischief charge. All arson charges and other unrelated, less serious charges will be dismissed.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to overhaul Maine’s tax code could put some GOP lawmakers in the tough position of now having to throw their support behind an idea they once opposed.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Environmental activists opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline are holding a series of rallies across Maine.
Rallies were scheduled Tuesday in Portland, Auburn, Brunswick, Bangor, Waterville and Wiscasset-Edgecomb as the Republican-controlled Senate planned to move ahead on a pipeline bill despite President Barack Obama’s veto threat.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A former Army marksman charged with shooting two people, including his wife, during a home invasion in Maine has been held without bail.
Gregory Owens, of Londonderry, New Hampshire, was held at his initial appearance Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland, giving him time to hire a lawyer prior to a Jan. 21 bail hearing.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) – An Auburn city councilor was arrested after a disturbance at a club over the weekend, but says he did nothing wrong.
Police say Leroy Walker was arrested late Saturday night after an altercation with another man at the New Auburn Social Club.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) – A Presque Isle man who pulled a gun on a bouncer after he had been thrown out of a bar has been sentenced to seven years on prison.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Two groups opposed to the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Maine are banding together to fight those efforts.
Supporters of Smart Approaches to Marijuana Maine and the Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse on Monday launched a yearlong effort to educate residents about the potential harmful effects of pot on youth and public health.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine lawmakers are coming together for a workshop designed to build bipartisan relationships and improve the Legislature’s productivity this session.
The National Institute for Civil Discourse is hosting the “Building Trust through Civil Discourse” workshop for lawmakers at the Cross Cafe in Augusta on Monday.
OLD TOWN, Maine (AP) – The Whitewater Open Canoe National Championship is being held for the first time on Maine’s Penobscot River.
The Penobscot Indian Nation is hosting the event from July 23 to 26. It’s expected to draw several hundred kayakers and canoeists from as far away as North Carolina and Michigan.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the 74th annual Maine Agriculture Trade Show this week.
The event – hosted by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – is being held Tuesday through Thursday at the Augusta Civic Center. Republican Gov. Paul LePage will attend on the opening day.
BETHEL, Maine (AP) — The Maine Office of Tourism is announcing more than $70,000 in grants for marketing campaigns that range from a moose hunting lottery festival to a crafts weekend.