PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's 58 credit unions are enjoying growth in membership, loans and deposits.

The Maine Credit Union League said the state's credit unions added more than 18,000 new members last year and that combined assets grew by nearly $450 million. The report also said outstanding loans topped $5 billion for the first time ever.

All told, the report said savings grew 6.8 percent, and lending increased 9.6 percent.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The new owners of Maine's oldest craft brewery aren't wasting time in making investments.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's governor and fellow Republicans in two other states hope President Donald Trump will be more amenable to banning food stamps to buy soda and junk food than his predecessor.

Saco Bans Plastic Bags

Apr 9, 2017

SACO, Maine (AP) _ Saco is the fourth community in Maine to ban single-use plastic shopping bags.

One Man Dead Following Standoff

Apr 9, 2017

BERWICK, Maine (AP) _ Police say a 25-year-old man shot and killed himself during a standoff with officers in Berwick.

PORTLAND, Maine - The University of Maine School of Law is looking to train more lawyers for the vast rural parts of the state.
The school is launching the Rural Lawyer Pilot Project, which is kicking off with a workshop for attorneys and law students on Saturday. It will be a three-year project to place law students with practitioners in communities that would otherwise suffer from a lack of legal services.

PORTLAND, Maine - Officials with Maine's largest city say the federal Department of Justice has approved the police department to repurpose grant money for the use for a body camera pilot program.
A spokeswoman for the city says the DOJ is allowing Portland to use about $26,000 in unspent Justice Assistance Grant money toward the body camera program.
The city says there are no further details available about the development or implementation of the pilot program.

BANGOR, Maine - Maine Sen. Angus King is among a group of U.S. senators that is launching a new Senate Working Forest Caucus that is designed to protect jobs in the forest products industry.

King, an independent, says he is joining the 11-member caucus to elevate policies that promote and preserve working forests. He says private working forests support more than 2.4 million jobs in the country, including equipment suppliers and transportation workers.

PORTLAND, Maine — A popular television meteorologist in Maine’s largest city is missing.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Tom Johnston from WCSH-TV was reported missing Monday after he failed to return from a weekend event at the Sunday River ski resort.

Old Orchard Beach Police Detective Sgt. David Hemingway said Johnston is considered a missing person, but there’s been no indication that he’s in danger. Johnston’s last social media postings were made on Saturday, when a storm produced heavy snow in parts of Maine.

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MOUNT VERNON, Maine - A soldier who lost all four limbs during an explosion in Afghanistan and went on to start a foundation to help veterans has an announcement: He and his wife are expecting another child.
Travis Mills, of Manchester, Maine, made the announcement to TV talk show host Ellen Degeneres this week. He and his wife, Kelsey, already have a daughter. Now they're going to have a baby boy.

PORTLAND, Maine - Prosecutors have dropped charges against a former high school cheerleading coach in Maine accused of having sex with a teenage student.

Investigators contended Nick Perry had a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student at Bonney Eagle High School. But the district attorney dropped the charges at the request of the alleged victim, who didn't want to go forward.

The 21-year-old Perry coached for only a few months at the school from which he'd graduated in 2014. He was arrested in January, less than 24 hours after resigning.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Sen. Angus King says he is getting behind an effort to force non-dairy products to stop using labels with terms such as milk, yogurt and cheese.

The dairy industry has been pushing against plant-based alternatives to products that traditionally involve dairy products. The National Milk Producers Federation has said it wants the government to clarify the issue for consumers.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Portland and Bangor airport representatives say it's time to regulate ride-booking companies that don't have to pay the same fees as taxi drivers.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Democratic Rep. Richard Farnsworth's bill would allow a municipality to adopt an ordinance governing a transportation network company's operations at an airport.

Taxi companies pay annual fees of $810 at Portland Jetport and up to $450 at Bangor International Airport.

The latest storm to hit New England is bringing the threat of flooding instead of snow.
The National Weather Service has placed flood advisories and watches across the region in anticipation of heavy rain Thursday across the six states.
Flood watches are in effect for much of the region beginning Thursday and running through Saturday.
The rain could be heavy at times.
Meteorologist Eric Schwibs says the ground is saturated with melting snow, and that it won't take much rain to cause river levels to rise.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill that would prohibit discriminating against people based on their beliefs about climate change is up for a hearing in the Maine state capital.

Republican Rep. Larry Lockman says his bill would prohibit the state from favoring or penalizing a person based on how they feel about climate change. It's up for a hearing on Thursday before the Legislature's Committee on Judiciary.