Maine town and city clerks are not happy with all of the talk by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Maine governor Paul LePage about rigged elections.

Clerks spend a lot of time being trained to conduct elections and they take pride in their work. Lisa Goodwin, Bangor City Clerk and President of the more than 700 member Maine Town and City Clerks Association says it’s insulting to local election officials to have their integrity challenged.

BANGOR, Maine - A group of small businesses owners launched a campaign Wednesday in support of an increased minimum wage, through a series of television ads.

Audio from television ad: "It was important that we paid a living wage because nobody should work full time and have to live in poverty."

That's from an ad featuring business owners Adam Baril and Tony Giambro, who run an auto repair shop in western Maine. Also featured is Michael Landgarten, who owns a clam shack and two other eateries in southern Maine. 

BANGOR, Maine - The application window for small, rural businesses and agricultural operations to apply for an energy grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture has opened, and will close in less than two weeks.

"The demand for solar among Maine's businesses and agricultural producers is just growing by leaps and bounds," says Virginia Manuel, who heads USDA Rural Development in Maine.

AUGUSTA, Maine - State auditor Pola Buckley has notified several state officials, including Gov. Paul LePage and Attorney General Janet Mills, that the state Department of Health and Human Services "improperly managed'' more than $13 million in federal funding.

Westbrook Rep. Drew Gattine co-chairs the Health and Human Services Committee, and believes the transfers may be illegal and that lawmakers should consider tighter controls on agency spending and contracting.

PORTLAND, Maine - More than a year after Maine legislators passed a law regulating the use of drones by law enforcement, most police departments in the state still aren't utilizing the technology.

An informal survey conducted by the Portland Press Herald found that many police officials cited those regulations as the reason for not using unmanned aircrafts in the field.

Cost and a lack of manpower was also said to have played a role in law enforcement's limited use of drones.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Governor's Energy Office says heating prices have risen in the state over the last week and will likely continue to rise.

The office says the average price for heating oil rose 4 cents over the past week to $2.01 per gallon. Kerosene prices have also risen 2 cents to $2.51 and propane prices have increased 2 cents to $2.25 per gallon.

The federal Energy Information Administration says Maine and the other New England states are likely to experience an average winter this year. Heating fuel demand will likely increase and prices will go up.

WATERVILLE, Maine - Waterville's downtown revitalization will get $20 million more in funding from the Harold Alfond Foundation and Colby College.

Officials announced last night that the Alfond Foundation will give $10 million to a special fund for revitalization, as will the college.

Kate Carlisle, director of communications at Colby, says in 1929, when Colby wasn't sure of its future, the community raised the money to help buy the college a new site for its campus.

AUGUSTA, Maine - After the first three months of the budget year, state revenues are more than $32 million above estimates.

State Finance Commissioner Richard Rosen says a good summer tourist season is the reason. “All in all, we are seeing good economic activity that is resulting in revenues coming into the state that are, at the end of the first quarter, running over budget.”

BATH, Maine - The future USS Peralta is back at Bath Iron Works after its initial two-day excursion for builder trials.

The guided-missile destroyer departed from the shipyard on Monday and spent one night at sea before returning to Bath on Tuesday.

The Peralta is the first of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be built at Bath Iron Works since the Navy ended the program, and then restarted it in 2010.

The Peralta is the 65th destroyer in the class. It'll incorporate upgraded radar and missiles for ballistic missile defense.

YORK, Maine - Police say a distracted teenager caused a 10-car pileup last week in Maine.

York police say the 17-year-old driver was using her cellphone when she drove forward through a red light and into the path of a dump truck.

The dump truck swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid the car last Thursday, turning over, crushing several cars and spilling a load of dirt. Several other vehicles crashed.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Watch the debate between incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R) and Emily Cain (D); moderated by Maine Public's Jennifer Rooks.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks during a conference on August 26, 2016.

Governor Paul LePage says Maine’s media is complicit in welfare fraud because it didn’t immediately report on a publicly available federal affidavit that details allegations of welfare and other fraud at a halal grocery in Portland. The case blew into the general public yesterday, when a conservative website first reported it. The situation illustrates the different ways media outlets — including Maine Public Radio — decide to balance the general public interest, against an individual’s right to due process.

It’s that time of year again, when Maine voters who serve in the military, who are living overseas or who just want the convenience of voting early can request an absentee ballot. This year requests for absentee ballots are on pace to top the number in the presidential contest of four years ago and according to reports, more Democrats are requesting them than Republicans.

Contents of a recycling bin at the Casella Waste Systems depot in Vermont
File: AP Photo/Toby Talbot

The process has been going on for more than four years, but Casella Waste Systems and the state moved closer today to getting a decision on their planned expansion of the Juniper Ridge Landfill near Old Town.

PORTLAND, Maine - Elected officials from Portland, Lewiston, Westbrook and North Berwick held a press conference today in support of Ballot Question 2.

The question would add a 3 percent tax surcharge on incomes higher than $200,000 a year. That money would go to fund public k-through-12 education in the state.

Among the measure's supporters is Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling.