Maine news

The Northeast is bracing for its third nor'easter in fewer than two weeks. The National Weather Service reports Sunday that a southern storm is expected to make its way up the coast causing more snowfall.

The Boston area is predicted to get 6-8 inches while Maine could see more than a foot of snow by Wednesday. New York could see 4-6 inches of snow. Philadelphia could see a few inches by Tuesday's morning commute. Eight inches could fall in West Virginia.

Bangor Daily News

Six months have passed since Gov. Paul LePage’s administration said it would propose legislation to have the state’s public schools take over special education for 3- to 5-year-olds. Yet as the Legislature enters the final weeks of an abbreviated session, the legislation from the executive branch has yet to arrive on lawmakers’ desks.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The state of Maine's community forest program is awarding grants to local governments, non-profit groups and others to develop and maintain strategies that protect the woods.

PORTLAND, Maine —  A pedestrian was killed in Portland as he walked along a section of Congress Street at Blueberry Road on Saturday.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Maine activist who's being sued over his claims that a Haiti orphanage founder is a serial pedophile says he's more determined than ever to make sure victims' voices are heard.

Three Maine bridges will be replaced thanks to a $10.8 million federal grant.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

Of all Maine's export products, one of the most logistically challenging is Homarus americanus. Fresh Maine lobster is now in demand all over the world, but it takes a lot of work to deliver the product to the other side of the planet while it's still fresh. In this installment of It CAN Get There From Here we visit a lobster dealer who's found a way to do it.

Lobster packing is a squeaky affair, but the workers who do it will tell you “you get used to the Styrofoam squeak after a while.”

In The 1880s, Bangor Ran 25 Minutes Ahead Of Its Neighbors

Mar 10, 2018
Bangor Historical Society

At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, Bangor will join the rest of Maine in springing into Daylight Savings Time. But once upon a time — way back in the 1880s — Bangor stubbornly kept itself 25 minutes ahead of the rest of the state all year ‘round.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Friday the Maine Board of Dental Practice voted unanimously to send the case of a Lewiston dentist who is accused of putting patient health and safety in jeopardy to district court. The Board already cleared Jan Kippax of 64 allegations, but more than 100 remain. The hope is that moving the matter to court will bring closure to the high profile case, which involves more than a dozen patients.

BIDDEFORD, Maine - Maine State Police are blaming excessive speed on icy roads for a 14-vehicle pileup on an interstate highway.
Police say no injuries were reported as a result of the chain reaction crash on Interstate 95 in Biddeford reported at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday.

All but one of the vehicles involved, including two tractor-trailers, had to be towed from the scene.
All northbound lanes of the highway were shut down for about 45 minutes, and the highway didn't reopen completely until about 9:45 p.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Local lobstermen and aquaculture operators have been invited to weigh in on the possible redevelopment of South Portland's pier.
City officials say they see an economic opportunity at the Portland Street Pier, particularly in the field of farming shellfish like mussels and oysters. The Portland Press Herald reports a pier master plan concerning design and assessment is expected to be completed in June.

BETHEL, Maine - A school district in Maine will lengthen the school day by an hour for the next month to make up for time lost because of snow days.
David Murphy, superintendent of the Bethel-area school district, says Thursday was his district's ninth school day of the year. WGME-TV reports his district includes four schools and to combat the large amount of snow days, Murphy's district will be extending school days by an hour for the next 25 days.

Consumer Fraud

Mar 9, 2018

It’s Consumer Protection Week. Join us to learn about the latest scams, ways to protect yourself when going online, and where to turn for help if you’re the victim of a scam.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Ricker Hamilton says he welcomes an outside review of the way the agency handles child abuse complaints.

Hamilton says the agency is already taking steps to rectify problems identified by the children’s welfare ombudsman, who has determined that the department’s assessment process has too often failed to move swiftly enough to protect children.

Maine's secretary of state is taking exception to a letter Lewiston Mayor Shane Bouchard sent to new voters who registered at the polls during last year's election.

The Republican mayor wrote last month that registering to vote amounts to a declaration of Maine residency and that it carries additional legal obligations like getting a Maine driver's license and registering cars in Maine. The Sun Journal reports that the letter was sent to 221 people, including Bates College students.