AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is seeking to raise awareness of human trafficking.
The Republican governor will sign a proclamation on Friday that designates next week as “Human Trafficking Awareness Week.”
PARIS, Maine (AP) — A Maine jeweler says a piece of apatite he is cutting is the largest apatite gemstone ever found in North America.
The Sun Journal reports Dennis Creaser of Paris, Maine, says the purple gemstone weighed 65.5 carats when it arrived in his store. A Connecticut mineral dealer hired him to cut the gem after obtaining it when a collector in that state died. The apatite came from Pulsifer Quarry in Auburn, Maine, where it was mined.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s highest court has upheld workers’ compensation benefits for the widow of a Salvation Army worker who died from a heart attack while on a treadmill at home.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine committee has endorsed Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s nominee to the Public Utilities Commission.
The Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee unanimously supported Carlie McLean’s nomination to the board on Thursday.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin has joined GOP colleagues in voting for a bill to tighten federal restrictions on abortions.
The House voted Thursday by a near party-line, 242-179, to permanently bar federal funds for any abortion coverage as anti-abortion activists surged through the city on their annual protest march to the Supreme Court.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the New England Patriots are a “less than ethical” franchise and cemented that reputation with this week’s controversy about the use of deflated balls in the AFC Championship Game.
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — Authorities have determined that no criminal charges will be filed against the driver whose vehicle struck and killed Cape Elizabeth’s former public works director at the town’s transfer station.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine is touting increased access to natural gas as a way to boost his state’s ailing paper production industry.
The 2nd District congressman says the high cost of electricity has contributed to mill closures and job losses in the state’s paper industry, which lost about 1,000 workers in 2014. He used a Wednesday House floor speech to call for “increased production and transportation of natural gas to drive down the cost of electric power.”
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A group that want to implement ranked-choice voting in Maine elections is planning to wait until 2016 before putting its proposal before voters.
The Committee for Ranked-Choice Voting had been considering trying to force a referendum this year, but says it wants more time to educate voters on the proposal’s merits. Thursday is the deadline to submit signatures to qualify for the 2015 ballot.
Cutting edge medical research is happening in Brewer.
Eastern Maine Medical Center Cancer Care hosted an event Thursday to celebrate the completion of the new Translational Research Lab.
Staffers can now store patients’ cancerous tissue samples on site.
A Brewer woman was taken to the hospital after she was struck by part of a car in Bangor Thursday night.
Police say 77-year-old Phillip Guerrette of Washburn didn’t notice a woman trying to cross the intersection of Union and Main Streets in Bangor.
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who sexually molested two brothers under the age of 14 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Jonathan Clark, of Lovell, was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Superior Court after pleading guilty to 10 counts of gross sexual assault.
A distribution center in Central Maine that gets food to thousands of people in need is about to get bigger.
The Good Shepherd Food Bank has been awarded a $1 million grant.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — The four-alarm fire that destroyed an empty Old Orchard Beach motel has been ruled arson.
Sgt. Joel Davis, a state fire investigator, said Wednesday night that the Americana Motel was unoccupied and had no electrical service.
Sixth graders at Rockland District Middle School have been recognized for their ideas behind an app that would help cut down on food waste in the cafeteria.
“The application will help kids make healthier choices and eat all of their lunch,” says Rockland Middle Schooler, Logan Putanansu.
Mainers know how to pronounce Bangor, but proper pronunciation is not quite as obvious for folks from away.
A music video is trying to change that.
Ric Tyler and Adam Osborne of Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications are responsible for the “We Are Bangor” music video.
A Maine bank is taking a stand against homelessness.
Under it’s Hope@Home program, Camden National Bank says they’ll donate one-hundred dollars to a Maine shelter for every mortgage financed through the bank.
State Police say a Carmel man was arrested for drunk driving after causing a three car crash in Bangor Thursday.
It happened at the end of I-395 near Odlin Road around 1:30pm.
There’s a new wireless internet service provider.
It’s called Redzone Wireless and they say they have a plan to provide faster coverage across the state.
“While there is some choice in the more urban areas of the state and along the coast, it’s the residents that are in the more rural areas that are really hurting,” explains President and CEO Jim Mckenna. “Their speeds are better than dial-up, but they’re a long way from where they should be.”
State officials are warning of a new scam targeting the unemployed.
The Department of Labor reports emails are being sent to people who may be looking to file for unemployment.
They claim to be from the “Unemployment Advisory Department”, using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.