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Committee’s marijuana regulation bill omits licensing of social clubs in Maine | The Portland Press Herald Committee’s marijuana regulation bill omits licensing of social clubs in Maine
Legislators writing the adult-use rules don't want to allow the pot gathering spots until another state goes first, and also vote not to share cannabis tax revenues with towns.
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
Portland to discuss safe-injection site for drug users | The Portland Press Herald Portland to discuss safe-injection site for drug users
The idea is being studied by other U.S. cities as a way to reduce the risk of overdoses amid a national epidemic of opioid abuse.
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
Cumberland councilor says his comments about diversity and crime weren’t racist | The Portland Press Herald Cumberland councilor says his comments about diversity and crime weren’t racist
During the town council's Feb. 12 meeting, Turner said the town's low crime rate was attributable in part to its lack of diversity.
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
Portland lawyer sues Syrian government over torture and killing of two U.S. soldiers | The Portland Press Herald Portland lawyer sues Syrian government over torture and killing of two U.S. soldiers
F.R. Jenkins, who has won other major lawsuits against Syria over terrorist attacks, says the court cases are 'an important way to achieve some level of accountability for these victims.'
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
Portland councilors generally support policy for police use of body cameras | The Portland Press Herald Portland councilors generally support policy for police use of body cameras
Some at a meeting Wednesday where the policy was rolled out say they want more detail about camera use in schools, hospitals and legal public assemblies.
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
Brunswick adopts resolution welcoming new residents | The Portland Press Herald Brunswick adopts resolution welcoming new residents
Critics of the resolution, however, say the move is a stepping stone toward making Brunswick a sanctuary city.
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
Maine man saves life of ice fishing buddy using technique he saw on TV | The Portland Press Herald Maine man saves life of ice fishing buddy using technique he saw on TV
Gary Croteau had no formal training in CPR when he used it on his 77-year-old friend.
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
Man charged in plot to shoot up Vermont high school had recent ties to Maine | The Portland Press Herald Man charged in plot to shoot up Vermont high school had recent ties to Maine
Jack Sawyer, 18, was living at a residential treatment facility in Morrill, near Belfast, and also was taking a class at York County Community College in Wells
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
Hannaford distribution center workers launch 24-hour strike | The Portland Press Herald Hannaford distribution center workers launch 24-hour strike
Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445 say Hannaford's parent company prefers 'to ship more and more profits overseas instead of investing that success in us.'
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
Lawmakers offer no clarity on Maine’s new graduation guidelines | The Portland Press Herald Lawmakers offer no clarity on Maine’s new graduation guidelines
Students starting with this year's freshman class will have to show proficiency in the subjects they study, but the state still lacks regulations to clarify what's expected of schools, or even what proficiency means.
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
Blast of warmth pushes temperature to all-time record for February | The Portland Press Herald Blast of warmth pushes temperature to all-time record for February
The temperature hit 68 degrees at the Portland International Jetport on Wednesday afternoon. Woo-hoo.
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
Newspapers take Biddeford to court over effort to curb deliveries of free papers | The Portland Press Herald Newspapers take Biddeford to court over effort to curb deliveries of free papers
Companies that deliver unsolicited publications say the city's new rules infringe on their constitutional rights.
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
SWAT team raids South Portland motel, arrests 4 on theft and drug charges | The Portland Press Herald SWAT team raids South Portland motel, arrests 4 on theft and drug charges
The high-risk search warrant was connected to an investigation by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
Waterville man, Lexius Saint Martin, deported to Haiti | The Portland Press Herald Waterville man, Lexius Saint Martin, deported to Haiti
The family's lawyer said a private legislative bill or broader immigration bill could bring him back to the U.S.
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
Rooftop solar customers take loss in PUC decision | The Portland Press Herald Rooftop solar customers take loss in PUC decision
The commission decided that on March 16, solar customers with rooftop systems will begin getting less money for the electricity they send to the grid, a cutoff that had previously been set at April 30.
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
Bar fight leads to charges against man, woman from Skowhegan | The Portland Press Herald Bar fight leads to charges against man, woman from Skowhegan
Paul LeClair allegedly fought with police placing him under arrest, who in turn were allegedly attacked by Kasey Knowles.
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
Maine home prices jumped 5% in January as busy spring sales period nears | The Portland Press Herald Maine home prices jumped 5% in January as busy spring sales period nears
Sales volume was mostly flat last month as a result of low inventory, a broker says, but 3,951 homes were sold in the three-month period ending Jan. 31.
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
Bill would lower bottle deposit for liquor and wine by 10 cents | The Portland Press Herald Bill would lower bottle deposit for liquor and wine by 10 cents
Supporters say lowering the deposits from 15 cents to 5 cents – the deposit on all other returnable containers – would simplify the process, but critics say Maine's system is one of the nation's most successful as it is.
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
Portland council agrees to let Maine Mariners keep city garage parking revenue generated during games | The Portland Press Herald Portland council agrees to let Maine Mariners keep city garage parking revenue generated during games
The Portland Pirates received $45,000 a year in revenue from the Spring Street garage generated during home games.
The Portland Press Herald | February 21, 2018
Firefighters recognized the house burning in Readfield, and now they’re helping the owners | The Portland Press Herald Firefighters recognized the house burning in Readfield, and now they’re helping the owners
Many responding to the Jan. 23 blaze had been there earlier, for a fundraising party for an ill Augusta child.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Scientists say new fishing technology could save whales | The Portland Press Herald Scientists say new fishing technology could save whales
A group wants fishermen to use traps that are brought to the surface using inflated bags rather than ropes.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Sex offender ordinance under consideration in Waterville | The Portland Press Herald Sex offender ordinance under consideration in Waterville
Resident Andrew Ayers asked the city to consider stricter rules about where certain sex offenders may live, mirroring other Maine cities that have done the same.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Rep. Poliquin has no response to Stephen King’s criticism of NRA contributions | The Portland Press Herald Rep. Poliquin has no response to Stephen King’s criticism of NRA contributions
The author urges voters not to support the re-election of the 2nd District congressman.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Albertsons to buy Rite Aid in cash-and-stock drugstore deal | The Portland Press Herald Albertsons to buy Rite Aid in cash-and-stock drugstore deal
Rite Aid operates 15 stores in Maine, all in smaller communities roughly bounded by Waterville in the south, Millinocket in the north and Old Town in the east.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
LePage slams high court justice for failing to resign | The Portland Press Herald LePage slams high court justice for failing to resign
The governor says he made a deal with Associate Justice Joseph Jabar when he reappointed him that Jabar would resign after reaching his 20th year of service so LePage could nominate a more conservative justice to the bench.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Zone for Falmouth housing complex advances | The Portland Press Herald Zone for Falmouth housing complex advances
The proposed contract zone would allow a large residential and commercial development off Route 100 in West Falmouth.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
South Portland commercial greenhouse approved | The Portland Press Herald South Portland commercial greenhouse approved
The goal of the $500,000 project is to provide urban agriculture space for local restaurants.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Aquaculture project in Belfast could lift status of U.S. salmon farming, industry experts say | The Portland Press Herald Aquaculture project in Belfast could lift status of U.S. salmon farming, industry experts say
A Norwegian company is planning a facility that would produce more than 60 million pounds of salmon a year.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Police, drug enforcement officers raid South Portland motel | The Portland Press Herald Police, drug enforcement officers raid South Portland motel
The officers served 'high risk search warrants' and believed drugs might be found, an investigator says.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Maine Mariners would receive some parking revenue under deal with Portland | The Portland Press Herald Maine Mariners would receive some parking revenue under deal with Portland
The agreement, to be voted on Wednesday by the City Council, aims to help Cumberland County keep an anchor tenant for the newly renovated Cross Insurance Arena.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
David Rockefeller’s vast art collection is going up for auction. Here’s a peek | The Portland Press Herald David Rockefeller’s vast art collection is going up for auction. Here’s a peek
Hundreds of choice pieces by Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Hopper, O'Keefe and many others are expected to fetch more than $500 million.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Dunlap receives unprecedented classified briefing from federal officials on election vulnerabilities | The Portland Press Herald Dunlap receives unprecedented classified briefing from federal officials on election vulnerabilities
Maine elections face little risk, the Maine secretary of state says, because it is a low-tech system that uses paper ballots and has no connection to the internet.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Health care costs, starting wage at issue in South Portland Hannaford labor dispute | The Portland Press Herald Health care costs, starting wage at issue in South Portland Hannaford labor dispute
Workers at a South Portland distribution center may go on strike over a disputed contract, compromising a supply network to Hannford supermarkets in New England.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Wind energy industry files suit against LePage administration | The Portland Press Herald Wind energy industry files suit against LePage administration
In a legal challenge filed in Kennebec County, the Maine Renewable Energy Association claims that Gov. LePage violated the state's constitutional separation of powers when he issued a moratorium on new wind turbine permits.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Maine students joining in national walkout to protest Florida shootings | The Portland Press Herald Maine students joining in national walkout to protest Florida shootings
Students from at least five Maine high schools say they plan to walk out of school for 17 minutes on March 14 to protest the gun violence that claimed 17 lives in Parkland, Fla.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Ruling expected this week in 1980 Maine cold case murder trial | The Portland Press Herald Ruling expected this week in 1980 Maine cold case murder trial
Philip Scott Fournier is charged with killing high school student Joyce McLain in East Millinocket.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Colby College hires head of state police as new security director | The Portland Press Herald Colby College hires head of state police as new security director
Col. Robert Williams, who has lead the Maine State Police for the last seven years, will begin as Colby College's security director on March 12.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Nonprofit group homes for intellectually disabled facing a workforce crisis | The Portland Press Herald Nonprofit group homes for intellectually disabled facing a workforce crisis
Low Medicaid reimbursement rates and a rising state minimum wage create turnover and vacancies among staff who provide critical services to disabled adults.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Maine land trusts object to data used by governor to justify latest attack | The Portland Press Herald Maine land trusts object to data used by governor to justify latest attack
Conservation advocates call his claims misleading and say he ignored payments made to host towns in lieu of taxes.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Ex-developer who served prison time remembered as larger-than-life figure | The Portland Press Herald Ex-developer who served prison time remembered as larger-than-life figure
Travis Soule, 53, of Portland died Saturday after suffering a fatal heart attack on a stationary bike, friends said.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
South Portland council bans unhosted short-term rentals in residential zones | The Portland Press Herald South Portland council bans unhosted short-term rentals in residential zones
The City Council approves sweeping rules that give short-term rental operators who don't live on the premises a grace period before the city moves to shut them down in September.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Old Orchard Beach approves purchase of seasonal restroom trailer | The Portland Press Herald Old Orchard Beach approves purchase of seasonal restroom trailer
The Town Council acts in response to complaints that tourists and visitors were relieving themselves on the beach and on private property.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Panel tables discussion on bill to help elderly homeowners avoid foreclosure | The Portland Press Herald Panel tables discussion on bill to help elderly homeowners avoid foreclosure
Gov. Paul LePage is behind the bill, prompted by the eviction of an Albion couple from their home.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Driver, 2 passengers face charges after being pulled over in Arundel | The Portland Press Herald Driver, 2 passengers face charges after being pulled over in Arundel
The driver's license had been revoked and the passengers were wanted on outstanding warrants, the York County sheriff says.
The Portland Press Herald | February 20, 2018
Conditions mixed at some ski areas heading into important week | The Portland Press Herald Conditions mixed at some ski areas heading into important week
It's been an up-and-down season so far because of occasional rain and extreme cold, but there's snow on the ground and non-skiing activities if the weather gets fickle.
The Portland Press Herald | February 19, 2018
As DACA deadline looms, dozens of Maine residents face uncertainty | The Portland Press Herald As DACA deadline looms, dozens of Maine residents face uncertainty
Young undocumented immigrants are worried as the program's expiration date of March 5 nears.
The Portland Press Herald | February 19, 2018
Intersection improvements designed to reduce crashes on Route 111 | The Portland Press Herald Intersection improvements designed to reduce crashes on Route 111
The MDOT's new three-year work plan focuses primarily on the stretch of highway through Arundel and Lyman.
The Portland Press Herald | February 19, 2018
Portland police propose rules for body camera use | The Portland Press Herald Portland police propose rules for body camera use
The policy, aimed at promoting transparency and protecting privacy, may enable a spring pilot program.
The Portland Press Herald | February 19, 2018
Scarborough High principal stays silent on why he resigned | The Portland Press Herald Scarborough High principal stays silent on why he resigned
Principal David Creech says he appreciates the outpouring of community support but offers no explanation for his sudden letter of resignation amid school controversy.
The Portland Press Herald | February 19, 2018
Maine kelp, climate, ocean acidity projects get funding | The Portland Press Herald Maine kelp, climate, ocean acidity projects get funding
The projects at the University of Maine and other institutions will receive a total of nearly $1 million.
The Portland Press Herald | February 19, 2018