Top Stories

LePage vs. Mills: Maine High Court Hears Arguments in Dispute

PORTLAND, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage says Maine's Attorney General is interfering with his ability to hire outside attorneys in legal cases in which she declines to represent him, or disagrees with his position.
Read More
Susan Sharon / MPBN

Bill Would Ease Development Restrictions Around Vernal Pools

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Legislature is considering a measure that would ease the way for development near so-called "vernal pools," which provide breeding habitat for frogs, salamanders and turtles.
Read More

State of Withdrawal

In our five-part series, Susan Sharon takes a close look at methadone, and what's really at stake if MaineCare ends coverage for it.

PORTLAND, Maine — A married couple who once lived in Windham have been sent to prison for stealing guns from a neighbor for whom they were serving as caretakers.

Theodore Thomes was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland to serve two years and three months in prison for possession of firearms by a felon.

His wife, Renee Thomes, was sentenced to 30 days in prison for illegally transferring firearms to an out-of-state resident.

Prosecutors say the Thomeses, who now live in the U.S. Virgin Islands, stole three handguns sometime before July 2, 2011.

When House of Cards' third season opens, Kevin Spacey's murderous politician Frank Underwood is fooling the world again.

From the very first scene, he's bringing a presidential motorcade to his tiny hometown of Gaffney, S.C., pretending to honor his father's grave for the press.

"Nobody showed up for his funeral except me, not even my mother," Underwood says in one of those sly asides where he speaks directly to the audience. "But I'll tell you this ... When they bury me, it won't be in my backyard. And when they pay their respects, they'll have to wait in line."

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A Skowhegan man who called himself the "Black Ninja" in a taunting note left behind at the scene of a burglary, has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Jonathan Strickland was sentenced this week after being found guilty of two counts of burglary and two counts of theft in connection with break-ins at a restaurant and the Skowhegan Fairgrounds in October.

Police Chief Ted Blais says surveillance video at the restaurant showed the burglar wearing a black mask, with narrow eye slits, ninja style. He stole money and liquor.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — State police say a 19-year-old woman has died in a crash involving three vehicles on the Massachusetts Turnpike in West Springfield.

Investigators say at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday an eastbound Chevrolet Suburban struck a box truck, causing the Suburban to veer over the median barrier and into the westbound lanes of the highway, where it was struck by a tractor trailer in the high-speed lane.

Back in 2012, something unusual got started in an alleyway in an already tightly developed part of northeast Washington, D.C.

On an 11th-of-an-acre lot next to a cemetery, behind a block of row houses, tiny houses started to go up. And not just one little house in backyard, like you might see in many places. The builders billed this as an urban tiny house community.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Fishery regulators say Maine's lobster fishermen topped 120 million pounds of catch in 2014 - a year when the value of the state's signature crustacean rebounded.

State Department of Marine Resources officials say Thursday that Maine lobstermen caught 123.7 million pounds of lobster last year. The catch represents a slight drop from 2013's 127.8 million pound mark. State records that go back to the 1880s say the last four years are the only years in which lobstermen have topped 100 million pounds of catch.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage says issuing a $65 million bond isn't the right approach to build more senior housing in Maine.

Advocates for Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves' proposal met at the State House Thursday to urge LePage and lawmakers to support the bond that would pay for 1,000 units of energy-efficient senior housing in all 16 counties.

Mal Leary / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine is among about a dozen states considering so-called "revenge porn" legislation, which has already been enacted in 16 states.

The effort seeks to outlaw the dissemination of private, intimate photos or videos to harass or embarrass someone, often when a relationship ends.

Julia Colpitts, executive director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, says the bill is aimed at clearing up a gray area in Maine law.

TUSCON, ARIZONA - A new study indicates that sea levels along the coast of Maine rose rapidly during a two-year period between 2009 and 2010.  

The University of Arizona-led study, done in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found that ocean levels between New York and Newfoundland jumped nearly 4 inches in that period.

Scientists are puzzled by a new image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which found two bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres. The spots are noticeably brighter than other parts of the surface, which looks to be rocky and pockmarked.


Maine Calling Book Club - "The Giver" by Lois Lowry

The Maine Calling Book Club re-convenes to discuss Lois Lowry's classic "The Giver."