AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has seen an increase in drug-related deaths from 2012 to 2013.
Attorney General Janet Mills said 176 drug-induced deaths happened in the state in 2013, an increase of 13 deaths over 2012.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine energy officials say they are reviewing the impact new rules for cutting carbon dioxide from power plants will have for the state.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan on Monday to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 levels.
NEWPORT, Maine (AP) — The GOP primary in Maine’s northern congressional district is exposing party divisions, much like several other Republican races across the country.
The primary pits Sen. Olympia Snowe’s former chief of staff Kevin Raye as the establishment, moderate Republican running against Bruce Poliquin, a conservative with tea party credentials.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators will hold a meeting in New Hampshire to consider whether there will be a commercial fishing season for northern shrimp in 2014-15.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission scrapped the shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine for 2013-14 for the first time in more than 30 years, after shrimp populations dipped to their lowest recorded levels.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine company that wants to build underwater river turbines as an alternative to diesel generators used in remote villages in Alaska is ready to begin testing a prototype. Ocean Renewable Power Co., based in Portland, says its RivGen Power System was built with backing from the Alaska Energy Authority and the Denali Commission. It’ll be installed in July on the bottom of the Kvichak River to generate power for a community of 50 about 250 miles southwest of Anchorage. Company officials say it will meet half of the community’s electricity needs. The company also is testing units off the Maine coast. The company’s first underwater turbine began delivering electricity to the Emera Maine power grid in 2012.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Average gas prices in Maine have stayed the same for another week.
The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.67 a gallon — down 5.3 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.
ALLAGASH, Maine (AP) — Police say a Westbrook man has died in a weekend motorcycle crash in Allagash.
The Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office says 23-year-old Dana Watts was headed east on Route 161 just before 6 p.m. Saturday when he failed to negotiate a corner and lost control.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A federal trial is beginning this week to determine whether a chemical company responsible for dumping mercury from a closed plant in Orrington will be required to clean contamination from along the banks of the Penobscot River and the mouth of Penobscot Bay.
WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — Summer isn’t officially here yet but Maine residents who heat their homes with wood are already thinking about next winter.
Mark Killinger, owner of Atlantic Firewood, and other firewood dealers say homeowners are calling early and ordering more wood than normal, while memories of last winter’s brutal cold are still fresh.
OXFORD, Maine (AP) — Oxford County’s administrator says repairs to the county’s regional airport may exceed $300,000.
Administrator Scott Cole told the Sun Journal ( ) on Thursday the first item needing to be addressed at the Oxford airport is roof repairs. The airport also needs to comply with state Department of Environmental Protection regulations and it needs repairs to its fuel system.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine Democrats are gathering in Bangor to rally support behind their candidates.
The Democratic convention begins on Friday at the Cross Insurance Center, where Republicans met last month.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 52-year-old Portland woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison after being pleading guilty to her eighth drunken driving offense.
A judge at sentencing Thursday said Kelly Jean Boyer has been “wholly unsuccessful” in treating her alcoholism.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Colorado man convicted of stabbing two other men during a drunken brawl sparked by racial slurs outside a Maine bar has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman who became a national figure in the fight to help survivors of military sexual assault has learned that she will receive $405,000 in retroactive disability benefits.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A judge is expected to issue a verdict in the case of a Maine woman charged with killing her husband in a jealous rage.
The verdict in the case of Roxanne Jeskey of Bangor is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday. Police say Jeskey used weapons that included a box-cutter, plastic baseball bat and pliers to kill her husband Richard Jeskey in 2011. His naked body was found in a bathtub the day after the killing. The medical examiner said he was beaten and strangled.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Southern Maine Faculty Senate says it has identified more than $5 million in potential academic cuts needed to counter an administrative plan that would have laid off a dozen faculty members.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Democrats say they’re concerned about the state’s ability to recoup past payments to a Medicaid consultant group in light of reports that it plagiarized its work.
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Police say a second-grader in Maine has been charged with terrorizing another student for brandishing a jackknife while threatening a younger boy.
RSU 9 Superintendent Tom Ward told the Sun Journal that the incident happened Tuesday morning on a bus on the way to the Mallett School in Farmington.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is appointing deputy finance chief Richard Rosen to serve as acting head of the department.
The Republican governor said Thursday that Rosen will take over for Department of Administrative and Financial Services Commissioner Sawin Millett (SAH’-win MIH’-leht), who is stepping down at the end of the month after spending decades in state government.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler is turning in more than 5,500 signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
On Thursday, Cutler delivered the signatures of Maine voters to the Secretary of State’s office, where they will now be reviewed.