Barbara Cariddi en Acadia National Park Deemed 'America's Favorite Place' <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Acadia National Park has been crowned "America's Favorite Place" by ABC's "Good Morning America" program.&nbsp; That's after the program put out a call to viewers to name their favorite place in the nation. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:30:54 +0000 Barbara Cariddi 5187 at Acadia National Park Deemed 'America's Favorite Place' Bear Baiting Question to Top Maine's November Ballot <p>A measure to restrict bear hunting in Maine will be the first question on Maine's statewide ballot in November.&nbsp; That's according to Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, who conducted a drawing today to determine the order of seven questions on the ballot, which voters will weigh in on Nov. 4.<br /><br />The bear initiative asks: "Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety, or for research?"<br />&nbsp; Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:58:34 +0000 Barbara Cariddi 5138 at Marijuana Question Qualifies for South Portland Ballot <p>A South Portland citizen initiative aimed at making recreational marijuana possession legal for adults has qualified for the November ballot.&nbsp; That's according to the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C.-based group which lobbies for reforming marijuana laws. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />"Voters were very receptive during the signature drive," says MPP Political Director David Boyer. "Most people agree law enforcement officials have more important things to do than punish adults for using a substance that is less harmful than alcohol."<br /> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:17:25 +0000 Barbara Cariddi 5136 at LePage: Maine's Able-Bodied Food Stamp Recipients Must Work <p>The LePage administration says it will require able-bodied adult food stamp recipients with no dependents to work, volunteer or enter a job training program in order to continue to receive benefits. Recipients will have three months to comply, says Gov. Paul LePage.<br /> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:48:46 +0000 Barbara Cariddi 5121 at Maine's Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.5 Percent in June <p>Maine's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in June, down from 5.7 percent in May and 6.7 percent a year ago, state Labor Department officials say.<br /><br />Commissioner Jeanne Paquette says the number of jobless Mainers fell by 8,200 to 39,300 over the year.&nbsp; She ways the estimated share of the population employed in June was 61.6, exceeding the U.S. average of 59 percent.<br /><br />Paquette says Maine saw job growth across a number of sectors.<br /> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:05:57 +0000 Barbara Cariddi 4885 at Maine Asylum Seekers Join General Assistance Lawsuit <p>Two women from Burundi living in Maine have joined a lawsuit challenging the LePage administration's rule change that would deny General Assistance to asylum seekers and other undocumented immigrants.<br /><br />The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and Maine Equal Justice Parters filed the complaint against Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew on behalf of Rehma Rebecca Juma and Suavis Furaha, who, advocates say, came to Maine to escape violence in their native country.<br /> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:23:07 +0000 Barbara Cariddi 4831 at Collins Breaks Party Ranks on Hobby Lobby Fix <p>Maine Sen. Susan Collins is among three Republicans who voted in favor of a Democratic-backed measure aimed at dealing with the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.<br /><br />Collins, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Mark Kirk of Illinois, voted in favor of the measure, which fell four votes short of the 60 needed to move forward, according to The Associated Press.&nbsp; The final vote was 56 - 43.<br /><br />The bill would reverse the court's ruling last month that allowed "closely held" businesses whose owners have religious objections to deny women contraceptive coverage.<br /> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:26:20 +0000 Barbara Cariddi 4791 at Statoil Invests $2.5 Billion in Wind Project off Coast of UK <p>A Norwegian company that dropped its plans to build a wind farm off the Maine coast after Republican Gov. Paul LePage intervened in the approval process has invested $2.5 billion in the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Norwich, England, the <strong><a href="">Portland Press Herald</a></strong> reports.<br /> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:10:01 +0000 Barbara Cariddi 4702 at Downeaster Cancels 4 Trains Through Wednesday <p>PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The Downeaster train will cancel four trains through Wednesday as workers replace railroad ties around Durham, New Hampshire.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The canceled trains will be a 9:05 a.m. train from Boston's North Station to Brunswick, Maine; an 11:35 a.m. train from Boston to Portland; a 12:45 p.m. train from Portland to Boston; and a 2:35 p.m. train from Portland to Boston.<br />&nbsp; Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:38:39 +0000 Barbara Cariddi 4652 at Fugitive Found in Gorham Sentenced to Seven Years <p>A man who spent three decades hiding out in the southern Maine town of Gorham after being convicted of three rapes in Massachusetts was sentenced today to nearly seven years in prison. &nbsp;<br /> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:46:19 +0000 Barbara Cariddi 4551 at