Latest Maine state government News

Maine stops use of type of road sealant on travel lanes

Dec. 4, 2019 2:16 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation won't use a road sealant on travel lanes after the product was linked to several accidents in the state. “There are enough questions about its effectiveness and safety on travel lanes that we see no point in restarting the fog seal...

Maine governor nominates 3 women to judicial posts

Dec. 4, 2019 11:55 AM EST

Gov. Janet Mills has nominated three women to Maine judicial posts, she announced Tuesday. The governor nominated Susan Driscoll, of Biddeford, and Jennifer Archer, of Falmouth, to Maine District Court. Mills also selected Judge Valerie Stanfill, of Wayne, to fill a vacancy on Maine Superior Court. The governor's...

Dental bill would eliminate waiting periods for children

Dec. 2, 2019 8:02 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers may approve a bill that would prohibit dental insurers from imposing waiting periods for new pediatric patients. The Portland Press Herald reports the bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Heather Sanborn is expected to go before the Legislature in January. The waiting...

First meeting of Maine Student Cabinet postponed

Nov. 30, 2019 12:07 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The first meeting of Maine’s new Student Cabinet will be delayed until January due to the storm expected on Monday. The state Department of Education recently selected 32 students from different grade levels, backgrounds and areas of Maine to offer advice about the...

Maine man shot in confrontation with trooper

Nov. 27, 2019 11:58 AM EST

THORNDIKE, Maine (AP) — Officials say a man was shot and injured in a confrontation with a state trooper outside the man’s home in Thorndike, Maine. Officials said 33-year-old man was shot twice by a trooper who was called to the home because of a domestic disturbance. Maine Public Safety Department...

Maine governor executive aims to fight climate change

Nov. 27, 2019 9:45 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s governor has signed an executive order requiring the state to step up investing in energy efficiency, renewable energy and emissions reductions. Democrat Janet Mills’ order signed Tuesday is her latest effort to make the state a national leader in combating...

Maine wants feedback on report about PFAS contamination

Nov. 27, 2019 1:56 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine is asking the public to comment on a report about the presence of contamination from long-lasting chemicals in the state. Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, used an executive order earlier this year to create a task force charged with looking into how Maine can reduce...

Official: Deputies acted in self-defense in 2017 shooting

Nov. 26, 2019 6:24 PM EST

MADISON, Maine (AP) — Maine’s attorney general says officers involved in a 2017 fatal shooting of a man who killed three people acted in self-defense. The Kennebec Journal reports Attorney General Aaron Frey announced on Tuesday that a review of a July 2017 shooting between Somerset County police...

Official: Sale of train tracks enhances Maine’s connectivity

Nov. 25, 2019 8:10 PM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine transportation official says the recent sale of hundreds of miles of train tracks could bring improved infrastructure and better connectivity to the state. Nate Moulton, director of freight at the Maine Department of Transportation, tells the Bangor Daily News that one of the...

Maine AG investigates officer involved shooting

Nov. 24, 2019 12:55 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine police say an officer shot and injured a man who was wanted on charges of domestic assault and cruelty to animals. The Augusta Police Department says officers responded to a residence on Sunday morning to locate 27-year-old Augusta resident Robert Farrington, who was wanted by...