Maine news

AUGUSTA, Maine - Under a new rule, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services will soon count gambling winnings as income in determining eligibility for the SNAP program, more commonly called food stamps.

“This rule specifically focuses upon food stamp eligibility if you have lottery ticket winnings of $5,000 or more in a calendar month,” says Maine DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew.

LEWISTON, Maine - A new report indicates that more Maine families are taking advantage of new public pre-kindergarten programs.

The report, from the business-led education lobbying group Educate Maine, found that 36 percent of Maine's 4-year-olds were enrolled in public pre-schools, which is more than double the number from a decade ago.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Preble Street homeless resource center in Portland will receive more than $1 million from the federal government to help find people homes and combat human trafficking.

More than $600,000 of the money will pay for transitional services that offer rapid re-housing and supported housing for homeless and at-risk lesbian, gay and transgender youths. The rest of the money will go toward services for victims of human trafficking.

Chellie Pingree

15 hours ago

Part of our Your Vote 2016 series:

Rep. Chellie Pingree (Democrat) represents Maine's First Congressional District on the U.S. House of Representatives.


Chellie Pingree was elected to Congress for Maine's First Congressional District in 2008. From 2003 to 2007, Chellie served as the National President and CEO of Common Cause, a non-partisan citizen activist group. Before that, she served four terms in the Maine State Senate, representing Knox County. She is also a farmer and small business owner.

PORTLAND, Maine — Police say they’ve arrested a man dressed as a tree in Portland for blocking traffic.

The man did not respond to officers when they warned him against obstructing traffic in a busy intersection in the city’s downtown.

WCSH-TV posted video of the man being arrested after he blocked traffic again.

A friend of the man says he was attempting to study the city’s traffic patterns.

The man appeared to be dressed as a pine tree or other type of evergreen.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's Sunday River resort will be without one of its ski lifts this winter.

The Spruce Peak Triple failed - and ultimately fell down - this summer. The resort investigated and found that the lift needed to be replaced. But the resort's communications director, Darcy Lambert, says it didn't make sense to do it right now. She says construction would mean closing a lot of otherwise open terrain during the resort's busiest season.

PORTLAND, Maine - Several southern Maine water utilities now have plans for how they might share water resources in the future.

Norm Labbe, of the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water district, says the plan isn't a direct response to the recent drought.

ELLSWORTH, Maine - Schools in Ellsworth are closed while police search for a suspect in a nearby shooting.

Police said officers responded to a report of a person shooting at a vehicle with several people inside. No one was hurt but the rear window was shattered.

Police were searching Monday for 41-year-old Aaron Wagner of Ellsworth, who's facing charges of reckless conduct with a firearm and aggravated criminal mischief.

ORONO, Maine — A University of Maine professor has died while conducting research in Antarctica.

The university says 50-year-old Gordon Hamilton died Saturday when the snowmobile he was riding hit a crevasse and he fell 100 feet. He had been in Antarctica doing research for the National Science Foundation. His work focused on the role of ice and glaciers in the climate system.

Mark Holbrook

Oct 24, 2016

Part of our Your Vote 2016 series: 

Mark Holbrook is the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for Maine's First Congressional District.


Mark Holbrook holds a PhD in clinical psychology; he has worked as a police officer, teacher, lobsterman, volunteer fireman and commercial diver.

Holbrook was a candidate for Maine House District 50 (2014) and secretary and chairman of the Brunswick Republican Town Committee.

ORONO, Maine-  Enrollment is now open for farmers to sign up for a federally subsidized, pilot drought insurance program designed to protect hay and other forage crops.

Irwin Gratz / Maine Public

BRUNSWICK, Maine-  A number of visitors,  and one Downeaster passenger train, were able to escape Saturday's downpour by ducking into a new rail facility set to go online next month. 

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A species of moth infamous for an itchy, painful rash caused by the hairs of its larvae increased in population and territory in Maine this year and will likely spread even more in 2017.

The browntail moth is an invasive insect that came to New England from Europe just before the turn of the 19th century. The moths begin their lives as caterpillars with poisonous hairs that can cause skin irritation resembling a poison ivy rash.


Parts of Maine are poised to get their first taste of snow this season.

The National Weather Service says the plummeting temperature will cause rain to turn to snow late Saturday and into Sunday in northwestern Maine. Meteorologist Chris Kimball says higher terrain could see 3 to 4 inches, while lower elevations will see only an inch or so of snow.

The rest of the state will see more rain after downpours Friday night into Saturday _ between 1 and 2.5 inches before it ends.

The rain is needed. The federal government says more than 1.2 million residents -nearly all of Maine's population -is dealing with moderate to extreme drought conditions.