AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislative panel is moving forward with its work to craft a supplemental budget without the help of Gov. Paul LePage.
The Appropriations Committee will hear public testimony starting Tuesday on a range of ideas being examined to fix shortfalls in the state’s $6.3 billion, two-year budget. The hearings are expected to last all week.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The average retail cost of a gallon of gas in Maine is up another 3 cents.
Price-monitoring website GasBuddy.com reports Monday that the price at the pump has risen to an average of $3.58 per gallon in the past week, 14 cents above the national average.
PERU, Maine (AP) — A Peru man is facing charges after a more than four-hour standoff at his home.
Police say 40-year-old Corey Taylor was charged with two counts of domestic violence after surrendering at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A major turnover in Maine sheriffs is expected this year, and some see that as an opportunity to reform the county jail system.
Of the state’s 16 county sheriffs, seven have announced plans to leave office by the end of the year and another seven face re-election.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislative panel is once again examining a bill that would expand Medicaid under the federal health care law and make other significant changes to the state’s program.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Charter School Commission is considering three proposals for new charter schools in the state.
The commission is expected to vote Monday on one charter school and two virtual charter school proposals that were given preliminary approval in January.
ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed an executive order to create a task force that will study the impacts of the invasive green crab in Maine.
NEW SHARON, Maine (AP) — A century-old Maine bridge deemed in danger of collapsing proved tougher than expected when the state tried to demolish it.
The bridge across the Sandy River in New Sharon was built in 1916 but hasn’t been used since the 1990s. The Maine Department of Transportation told New Sharon officials in November that it was in danger of collapsing and that the state would pay to remove it.
PARIS, Maine (AP) — A judge has denied several motions to exclude evidence from the trial of a woman charged with manslaughter for allegedly causing the death of two friends in a West Paris car crash.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine police have arrested a man they say was selling crack cocaine from a home right next door to an elementary school.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested 49-year-old Ronald Gulikson late Wednesday and charged him with two counts of trafficking in scheduled drugs.
BATH, Maine (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to just over five years in prison for trying to kidnap a 2-year-old boy at a Maine park-and-ride lot.
Foster’s Daily Democrat reports, that 30-year-old James Graham of Newmarket, N.H., was convicted in Bath Superior Court of attempted kidnapping and assault and sentenced to five years and three months in prison.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A legislative committee has approved a bill to make changes to the troubled system that provides non-emergency rides to Maine Medicaid patients.
The Portland Press Herald, reports that the Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday endorsed the bill that would terminate the contracts of the state’s three current brokers on June 30, and compel the Department of Health and Human Services to seek proposals for new contracts more friendly to local nonprofits.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 400 athletes from around the world are in northern Maine for a major biathlon event.
The first competitions are kicking off Friday in the weeklong IBU Youth/Junior World Biathlon Championships in Presque Isle. The International Biathlon Union sponsors the event, which features athletes skiing and shooting at targets on snow-covered trails at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle.
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — More than a dozen sled dog teams are gearing up for a 250-mile race across the wilderness of northern Maine that serves as a qualifier for the grueling Iditarod across Alaska.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been sentenced in Maine to four years in prison on heroin charges.
Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old Derek Parker of Gonic, N.H., pleaded guilty in November 2013 to conspiracy to distribute heroin.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — State officials have announced plans to double the size of Portland’s shipping container terminal and link it directly with a rail line to help it compete with other major East Coast ports.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Sabattus man charged with sexually molesting a young girl repeatedly over several years has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison.
Michael Gagnier was sentenced Wednesday in Androscoggin County Superior Court to serve 15 years of a 25-year sentence and 18 years of probation.
BOSTON (AP) — The commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection says proposed restrictions on burning wood are a concern for Mainers.
Commissioner Patricia Aho says stricter emission requirements outlined in a draft rule by the Environmental Protection Administration could be prohibitively expensive in a state that relies on wood for heating.
ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — A celebrity skipper from the reality TV show “Deadliest Catch” is helping to kick off the Maine Fishermen’s Forum.
Keith Colburn from The Discovery Channel show was scheduled Thursday to talk about the differences in crab fishing in the Bering Sea compared to fishing on the East Coast.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A court has ruled that Somerset County can use the revenue it receives for housing federal detainees to help pay the debt for construction of the county jail.