PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Negotiations between FairPoint and two unions representing striking workers in northern New England are continuing with the help of a federal mediator in Washington, D.C.
Top leaders from both negotiating teams met on Sunday for mediated talks, the first discussions in more than a month. Another session was scheduled for Monday.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Maine police say they have arrested a 33-year-old Lewiston woman in connection with an arson that left 12 people homeless.
Police say Jackie McBurnie set fire to her apartment on New Year’s Day. The fire was extinguished with minor damage, and followed 10 hours later by a second fire that destroyed the apartment building. Police say the arson charge stems from the first fire, but added McBurnie is likely to face an additional arson charge for the second fire.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Auburn’s statue of Edward Little, one of Maine’s oldest pieces of public artwork, is getting a makeover.
Alan Manoian, the city’s economic development specialist, tells the Sun Journal that more than $17,000 has been raised to return the statue to its original gold-bronze color.
WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — A Maine farm is extending an invitation to residents who don’t know what to do with their discarded Christmas tree.
Hillary Knight, the barnyard manager at Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook, says the farm’s goats are more than happy to eat the trees.
KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Two New Hampshire residents have been arrested in heroin trafficking charges in Maine, including a man police say may be responsible for two recent overdoses.
Police say 29-year-old Jeffery Ansello and 44-year-old Angela Whiting, both of North Hampton, New Hampshire, were arrested Saturday in Kittery at a U.S. Route 1 convenience store.
KITTERY, Maine (AP) — A ceremony is scheduled to mark the start of construction at an aging bridge that connects New Hampshire and Maine.
The 70-year-old Sarah Mildred Long Bridge connects Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine. It is rated structurally deficient.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine regulators are asking fishermen and others to log information about the health of the smelt fishery.
The state Department of Marine Resources plans to give volunteers a logbook to record information about fish harvested by themselves and any companion during each outing.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is preparing to show off a new building that will house state health and labor offices in South Portland.
LePage said the 75,000-square-feet building will bring the Cumberland County Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor offices under the same roof. Officials say that will make it easier for clients to receive assistance from both departments.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Old Bug Light Foundation is giving Portland Trails $100,000 over three years to grow and maintain its 70-mile trail network in Maine’s largest city.
Portland Trails is a nonprofit urban land trust that maintains Portland’s trail network. Representatives from the group say they will use the money to launch new fundraising strategies, build its endowment fund and purchase equipment. Portland Trails Executive Director Kara Wooldrik says the money will help “secure the future” of the trail network.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s 2015 ice fishing season is beginning with state officials reminding fishermen to renew their licenses and exercise caution on the ice.
State officials say many bodies of water all over the state are open for ice fishing, but not all of them are safe because of thin ice. Officials also advise that fishermen consult with the state law book about regulations governing specific bodies of water. Some bodies of water are subject to restrictions such as what kind of lures can be used.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — Officials are preparing to launch a new smoking cessation program in northern Maine.
The “Beat-the-Pack” program will begin on Wednesday at the East Wing Building on the campus of the Aroostook Medical Center’s A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital in Presque Isle.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine wildlife officials are conducting their annual moose population survey to get an idea of the herd’s population.
Three state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists are flying over parts of the state to do population surveys and get an idea of the number of males, females and calves. The data collected in the survey inform the decisions state officials make about moose management methods, such as the number of hunting permits to issue.
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — An Avon man will serve three years in prison following his sentencing in a case that law enforcement officials say concerns one of Franklin County’s largest drug selling operations.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston fire displaced a dozen people when it badly damaged an apartment building.
Authorities say the fire was reported at 1:40 a.m. Friday and was under control about 40 minutes later. There were no reports of injuries. Police say firefighters were concerned about the building’s close proximity to other apartment buildings on the street. The building that burned is a 2½-story apartment building.
One lane of a section of I-95 Northbound is now reopened because of an accident involving a tractor trailer just north of exit 109 in Augusta.
It happened around 10:00 Sunday night according to State Police.
ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — Maine’s blueberry harvest for 2014 has surpassed 100 million pounds and will likely become the second-biggest on record.
UMaine blueberry specialist Dave Yarborough tells WSNX-FM that cool, wet weather are best for a blueberry crop, that’s what we had last summer. He says pollination was another factor, noting that 75,000 beehives were brought to Maine to assist.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 1,700 striking workers are hoping for a breakthrough when negotiators from two unions and FairPoint Communications meet for the first time in more than a month.
The Piscataquis County Sheriff’s office is searching for a truck involved in a hit and run in Sangerville Saturday evening.
Officials say a man in his 40’s was hit on Pleasant Street in Sangerville around 7:00 p.m. He was air-lifted from a local hospital to Bangor. Deputies say he’s in stable condition.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine residents hoping to get a ranked-choice voting initiative on the ballot are making their final push to collect signatures.
More than 100 volunteers will be working to gather as many as 6,000 signatures across Maine on Saturday and Sunday.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland officials say authorities in Minneapolis, Minnesota have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the murder of a city resident in 2014.
A local U.S Marshals Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Abdirahman Haji-Hassan on Dec. 19. He is charged with being a fugitive from justice in connection with the killing of Richard Lobor on Nov. 21 of last year. Police have said the killing occurred at an apartment in the city.