Maine to issue photo EBT cards

AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Health and Human Services said Friday it intends to move forward with a Gov. Paul LePage plan to put photographs on the state's electronic benefits transfer cards. EBT cards are similar to bank debit cards and are used by the state to issue a variety... 2


LePage outraged that Legislature didn’t fund drug enforcement expansion

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s bill to bolster the state’s efforts to fight drug crimes died early Friday morning because of a lack of funding. LD 1811, An Act to Appropriate and Allocate Funds to Strengthen the State’s Efforts to Investigate, Prosecute and Pun...


LePage heralds drop in Maine's unemployment rate

LEWISTON — Republican Gov. Paul LePage was touting his economic policies again Friday on the heels of the latest unemployment data released by the U.S. Department of Labor. Figures for March show Maine's jobless rate decreased to 5.9 percent, the lowest rate the state has seen since ... 1


Former Passamaquoddy representative charged with poaching elvers in New York

A high-profile member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe is one of eight people who have been charged with felony elver poaching in New York, according to an official with that state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Frederick J. Moore III, a former Passamaquoddy tribal representat...


Crashes kill two people in Vassalboro and Waldoboro

VASSALBORO — Police are investigating two fatal crashes in Vassalboro and Waldoboro that have killed three people. Waldoboro police are investigating a crash on U.S. 1 that killed two people in the commercial section of the town on Friday. State Police also say a woman died in...


Legislative failures to become Maine campaign issues

AUGUSTA — Maine Democrats have fallen short so far in their attempt to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law this year, and Republicans didn't get their wish to overhaul welfare programs, either. But that won't stop them from trying to transform those failures into successes on ...


$50 million bond package goes to LePage

AUGUSTA — A package of six bond bills totaling $50 million sailed through the Legislature on Thursday night en route to consideration by Gov. Paul LePage and voters on the November statewide ballot. The build-up to the end of the legislative session in recent days has focused on Repu...


Marijuana trade show coming to Bangor on Saturday

PORTLAND (AP) — The largest medical marijuana trade show in New England is in Bangor on Saturday.


Dental therapist position approved by Maine Senate

AUGUSTA (AP) — A bill supporters say will increase access to dental care in rural areas of Maine has been approved by the state Senate. The Portland Press Herald ( ) reported that the bill that creates a new type of dental provider, known as a "mid-level dental t...


Portland man faces child exploitation charge

PORTLAND (AP) — A Portland man has been arrested on charges that he made a video of himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl. Paul Henry was ordered held pending a detention hearing at his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Portland on Thursday on a charge of sexual explo...