Maine news

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s 2nd District is asking the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs whether Togus VA Medical Center in Maine has adequate backup power, following reports that emergency power had to be brought in during Monday’s storm.

Togus Director Ryan Lilly says that the hospital did request and receive a backup generator from the Maine Emergency Management Authority on Monday, after one of its generators had performance issues and was replaced with a mobile unit.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Maine man has been charged with assault after police say he attacked a 14-year-old boy who pushed his daughter into a river.

Month in Review

Oct 31, 2017

Our panel of editorial page editors reviews the news that made Maine headlines in October. Some of the stories we’ll discuss  include:  Susan Collin’s decision not to run for governor, Governor LePage and his off-again, on-again judicial nominations, and proposed fee hikes at national parks.

Guests:  Greg Kesich, editorial page editor for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

WATERVILLE, Maine — The executive director of a shelter in Maine where two pit bulls disappeared after being ordered euthanized has resigned.

BRUNSWICK, Maine  — Police in Maine say a wrong-way crash involving two cars has killed one man and injured three others.

BANGOR, Maine - A jury has awarded $2 million to a Maine man in a medical malpractice suit against a hand surgeon who operated on him after an accident with a kayak.

Forty-nine-year-old Robbie Nason of Greenbush sued Eastern Maine Medical Center and the surgeon, Timothy Pruchnic. The verdict came on Friday after a week of trial in Bangor.

Nason broke his wrist when a kayak fell on him in July 2013. Nason's attorneys said Pruchnic failed to properly insert a screw into his hand during the surgery, resulting in permanent damage and more surgeries.

Abukar Adan / Maine Public

With hundreds of thousands of customers without power, Maine's utilities are scrambling to restore service.  But Central Maine Power spokeswoman Gail Rice says it could take several days before all of its customers get the lights back on.  Rice spoke with Maine Public's Susan Sharon.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Seafood lovers might see the return of Maine shrimp to fish market counters and restaurants next year if interstate regulators decide the critter's population is strong enough.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine's U.S. senators say a half dozen organizations in the state will receive nearly $200,000 in federal money to grow small enterprises in rural parts of the state.

HEBRON, Maine - A woman was shot and killed on Saturday in the Oxford County town of Hebron, the victim of what authorities are saying looks like a hunting accident. 

WHITNEYVILLE, Maine (AP) - Authorities say a body was found inside a mobile home that was destroyed by fire in Whitneyville and that the death is suspicious.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

WALLAGRASS, Maine — Angry and frustrated with what they say is unfair competition from Canada, nearly 100 Maine loggers and truckers in northern Maine sounded off in a Friday afternoon meeting with Gov. Paul LePage, and the governor has promised to take steps.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

For years, businesses in Maine have feared the coming of the “silver tsunami,” when thousands of baby boomers are projected to leave the workforce, expected to take place over the next few decades.

A federal judge has sentenced a Maine man to two years in prison for illegally trafficking in baby eels.
The judge sentenced Richard Austin, of Waldoboro, after he appeared in a federal court room in Norfolk, Virginia, earlier this week. Austin pleaded guilty in April to violating federal law by selling elvers that he had illegally harvested in Virginia and Massachusetts.

PORTLAND, Maine - The promoter of a popular concert series in Maine is expected to enter a new plea to a domestic violence charge.
Court records show 41-year-old Alexander Gray, of Waterfront Concerts, will enter a new plea during a court hearing Friday. The man previously pleaded not guilty in March to a domestic violence assault charge.
Police say the charge stems from an altercation at Gray's condominium in Portland March 12.