The State House in Augusta stands lighted against the night sky in this 2014 BDN file photo.

With its first bill passed what can we expect from this Maine Legislature?

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 13, 2015, at 6:35 p.m.
AUGUSTA | It sounds bad: After having enacted a single bill since convening six weeks ago, most of the Legislature is in recess through next week. The one enacted bill, LD 138, was probably the most urgent of the session because it affected Mainers’ 2014 tax filings and tax …
A front loader drops snow off a parking garage in Portland on Monday afternoon as the city gets ready for more snow.

Low temperatures, heavy snow to grip state through the weekend

By Christopher Burns and Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 13, 2015, at 8:30 a.m.
GRAY | Keep those shovels within reach and the snowblowers fueled because another weekend storm is descending on the state. Just as much of Maine has begun to dig out from the latest bout of snow, a storm system brewing off the coast has much of New England and …
Adam Earley digs out a sidewalk on Jan. 28 in Portland after a blizzard dumped snow on the city.

Weekend snowstorm upgraded to possible blizzard

BDN staff reports on Feb. 12, 2015, at 6:51 p.m.
CARIBOU | Get the snowblowers and plow trucks ready. Again. The National Weather Service is calling for another major winter storm to dump as much as 16 inches of snow on parts of Maine beginning Saturday and continuing through Sunday. A blizzard watch is in effect for southern and …
State Rep. Ryan Tipping-Spitz, D-Orono.

Seniors vs. business? Line drawn in Maine House debate on tax bill

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 12, 2015, at 5:51 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A Democratic attempt to alter Gov. Paul LePage’s bill to align Maine tax rules with federal ones suffered a quick death Thursday amid assertions that its supporters were attempting to pit Maine’s senior citizens against businesses. Rep. Ryan Tipping-Spitz, D-Orono, who penned the amendment, said he was …
A pedestrian walks down Larkin Street in Bangor as another snow storm hits the region on Monday, Feb. 2.

National Weather Service keeping eye on potential weekend storm

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 11, 2015, at 4 p.m.
GRAY | Just when Mainers thought they’d had enough snow, forecasters are keeping their eyes on a potential weekend storm, according to the National Weather Service’s Gray forecast center. While forecasters are currently focused on a system expected to bring a couple of inches of snow across the state …

Man mugged near Augusta fire station

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 11, 2015, at 2:06 p.m.
A man was allegedly robbed on Tuesday night near the Hartford Fire Station on Water Street, according to police. Augusta Police Lt. Chris Reade said the victim was robbed of his wallet shortly before 10 p.m. The man was robbed by the threat of force by suspects …

Augusta man facing 20 years in connection with Rite Aid robbery

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 10, 2015, at 2:13 p.m.
BANGOR | An Augusta man is facing up to 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty to robbing a Rite Aid in September, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Lance Szady, 26, will be sentenced at a later date. He pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor. …
Casey Andrew Chapman

Maine soldier who died at Fort Hood recalled as ‘free spirit’ who loved to skateboard

By Brad Rogers, CBS 13 on Feb. 10, 2015, at 1:25 p.m.
HALLOWELL | Casey Andrew Chapman, the Army specialist from Chelsea, Maine, who was found dead last Wednesday in his vehicle at Fort Hood in Texas, was remembered as a “free spirit” with a “wonderful smile” by a former high school teacher Monday. The Army continues to investigate Chapman’s death, …

Accused accomplice in Augusta pharmacy robbery pleads guilty

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 09, 2015, at 4:56 p.m.
BANGOR | A Chelsea woman accused of being involved in a holdup at an Augusta pharmacy late last summer waived indictment and pleaded guilty Monday of being an accessory after the fact to a pharmacy robbery. Nicole A. Breton, 21, entered her plea during a hearing at U.S. District …
An Eastern Maine Homecare worker holds a pill organizer during a home visit in 2013. A new proposal in the Maine Legislature would allow terminally ill patients to add experimental medicine to their drug regimens.

Maine lawmaker wants to give terminal patients the right to try experimental drugs

By Mario Moretto on Feb. 09, 2015, at 3:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine could become one of a growing number of states to allow terminally ill patients the right to try experimental drugs before they’re approved by federal regulators for public use. A bill by state Rep. Thomas Longstaff, D-Waterville, would make Maine the latest state to pass such …
A man shovels snow in Belfast Thursday morning.

Southern, coastal counties expecting more snow; Bangor ties snow depth record

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 09, 2015, at 8:47 a.m.
GRAY | Southern and coastal counties were expected to feel the brunt of a snowstorm moving across New England Monday. According to the National Weather Service’s Gray forecast center, several waves of low pressure will track along a front stalled to the south of New England. While heavy snow …

Police searching for Augusta pharmacy robber

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 08, 2015, at 1:50 p.m.
Police continue to search for a man who allegedly robbed a pharmacy late Saturday afternoon. The man, whose face was mostly covered, entered the Rite Aid pharmacy off Bangor Street at 5:41 p.m., according to Augusta police Sgt. Vicente Morris. The man demanded drugs, according to police, …

Two men hospitalized after stabbing in Augusta

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 08, 2015, at 1:46 p.m.
Two men are at MaineGeneral Medical Center, one with a significant chest wound, after a double stabbing Sunday morning. One of the victims is a 27-year-old man from Rockland and the other is a 23-year-old from Augusta, according to Augusta Police Department Sgt. Vicente Morris. Police responded …
Gov. Paul LePage addresses the chamber during the 2015 State of the State address on Tuesday at the State House in Augusta.

Was LePage right to suggest immigrants pose a public health threat in Maine?

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 08, 2015, at 5:45 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The consensus among public health experts regarding Gov. Paul LePage’s comments linking illegal immigrants to the spread of infectious diseases during his State of the State address on Tuesday is that they have seen no data to back up his claims. Officials from the LePage administration have …
Anne Beebe-Center

Rockland area Democrats tap Beebe-Center for special House race

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 07, 2015, at 3:04 p.m.
Former Knox County Commissioner Anne “Pinny” Beebe-Center will be the Democratic candidate for the special election next month to fill the House seat vacated by former Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson. Eighty Democrats from Rockland and Owls Head turned out Saturday afternoon to nominate a candidate for the …
Casey Andrew Chapman, 20, of Augusta.

Military investigating death of Maine soldier at Fort Hood

By CBS 13 on Feb. 06, 2015, at 7:02 p.m.
FORT HOOD, Texas — Officials at Fort Hood said a soldier from Maine has died. According to a statement released by the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office, Spc. Casey Andrew Chapman, 20, was found unresponsive Wednesday in his vehicle at a training area. Chapman, who is from Augusta, entered active-duty …

Residents displaced as 28-unit Gardiner apartment building burns

By CBS 13 on Feb. 05, 2015, at 7:26 a.m.
A large apartment fire is under investigation in Gardiner. The fire started around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at an apartment on Highland Avenue. There are 28 units in the building, but firefighters are not sure how many peopled lived there. One tenant was taken to the hospital for …
An historic house and barn on Hilton Road were destroyed Tuesday afternoon as the Whitefield Fire Department battled the structure fire.

Historic Whitefield home, barn gutted by fire Tuesday

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 04, 2015, at 6:13 p.m.
A historic house and barn on Hilton Road were consumed with flames Tuesday afternoon as the Whitefield Fire Department battled the second structure fire in the town in seven days. First responders on the scene at about 4 p.m. found that flames had engulfed the barn at …
From the community

Income tax check-off helps build library book selections during lean budget times

on Feb. 04, 2015, at 3:25 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Library patrons from communities both large and small have greater access to reading materials thanks to donations received from Maine residents through the Maine Public Library Fund income tax check-off.  The program launched in 2013 as a voluntary donation on schedule C-P on Maine income tax forms …

Two arrested in Augusta disturbance involving gun

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 04, 2015, at 10:28 a.m.
Two men were arrested on Tuesday night after a disturbance involving a gun on Mount Vernon Avenue, according to police. Officers were called to a residence shortly before 9 p.m. when a woman reported some sort of disturbance and several gunshots were heard, according to Augusta police …
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