Latest Maine News

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Aug. 18, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

MaineHealth resolves contract dispute with largest insurer

Aug. 18, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's largest healthcare provider has resolved a contract dispute with the largest insurer in the state. The resolution means patients who use Anthem health insurance can keep receiving in-network care at the state's largest hospital, Maine Medical Center...

Deputy arrested on charges of domestic assault in Maine

Aug. 17, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Kennebec County sheriff's deputy accused of assaulting his wife is facing a number of charges, police said Wednesday. The deputy, 29, who has been suspended without pay, did not enter a plea in his initial court appearance on Wednesday. He...

UMaine appoints interim athletic director

Aug. 17, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Samantha Hegmann-Wary, associate athletic director for compliance, will serve as acting athletic director at the University of Maine starting next month, officials said Wednesday. The appointment was announced after the departure of Athletic Director Ken Ralph,...

'River Dave,' banned from New Hampshire site, moves to Maine

Aug. 17, 2022 11:41 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A hermit known as River Dave — whose cabin in the New Hampshire woods burned down after he had spent nearly three decades on the property and was ordered to leave — has found a new home in Maine. David Lidstone, 82, has put in windows and is working on...

Feds: Man defrauded pandemic programs of more than $300K

Aug. 16, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding federal pandemic assistance programs of more than $300,000, which investigators say was spent on trucks, exercise equipment, a big-screen TV and laptop computers. Craig Franck, 40, of Levant, also used some of the...

Airplane part falls from sky, nearly hits man in Maine

Aug. 15, 2022 17:23 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A metal object believed to have fallen from a trans-Atlantic jet came crashing down outside the Maine State House, landing with a loud bang just feet from a Capitol Police worker, officials said Monday. The Federal Aviation Administration was alerted Friday...

Northeastern farmers face new challenges with severe drought

Aug. 15, 2022 00:17 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Vermont farmer Brian Kemp is used to seeing the pastures at Mountain Meadows Farm grow slower in the hot, late summer, but this year the grass is at a standstill. That's “very nerve-wracking” when you're grazing 600 to 700 cattle, said Kemp, who manages...

Some ships push back at rules requiring slowdown for whales

Aug. 13, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators who want to enforce new vessel speed rules to help protect rare whales can expect some pushback from ship operators. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the new proposed rules, which are designed to protect the...

Former presidential yacht to be restored at Maine shipyard

Aug. 12, 2022 15:37 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A private shipyard is preparing for a painstaking stem-to-stern restoration of a floating piece of presidential history. The Sequoia is a 1925 motor yacht that served eight presidents before being sold by President Jimmy Carter in 1977. French...