NH man indicted on homicide charges in crash that killed Biddeford pastor, wife

By Liz Markhlevskaya, Foster's Daily Democrat on April 23, 2014, at 6:34 a.m.
DOVER, N.H. — Barrington resident John Shaw was indicted last week on four negligent homicide charges, alleging he caused the death of an elderly couple while driving under the influence of alcohol in August. Shaw, 49, of 72 Flower Drive, Barrington, was involved in a two-vehicle collision on Aug. 31, …

Power out for 1,200 in Hancock County after vehicle snaps pole

BDN staff reports on April 23, 2014, at 6:11 a.m.
TRENTON, Maine — About 1,200 were without power early Wednesday morning after a vehile hit a utility pole, Emera Maine reported. The downed pole has closed the road in Trenton between Jordan River Road and Oak Point, the Ellsworth Police Department reported on its Facebook page. Police recommended using Bayside Road …

Hampden council OKs business park development deal

By Dawn Gagnon on April 23, 2014, at 5:25 a.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — Town councilors voted unanimously Tuesday night to put the final development of the Hampden Business & Commerce Park into the hands of a Stillwater-based earthwork company. Sargent Corp., the only respondent to the town’s request this spring for proposals for the final phase of development, had offered …
From the community

Free Showing of A MATTER OF DUTY!

By Duane Belanger on April 23, 2014, at 12:36 a.m.
Tuesday, April 29at 6:15pm Temple Theatre 20 Market Square in Houlton, ME Doors open at 6:15 pm and the film begins at 7:00 pm. This event is FREE and open to the public. The Maine Public Broadcasting Network is proud to tell the stories of Maine soldiers who were deployed …
From the community

The Band Apollo live @ The Wharf

By Toby on April 22, 2014, at 10:09 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, 2014 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Location: The Kennebec Wharf, 132 Water Street, Hallowell, Maine For more information: The Band Apollo’s debut performance at The Wharf, Halowell, on Saturday April 26th, 9:00pm. 21+, No Cover.

Retired nurse sues for $275,000 in Oregon pet duck attack

By Jonathan Kaminsky, Reuters on April 22, 2014, at 7:55 p.m.
OLYMPIA, Wash. — A woman visiting her mother in Oregon is suing her neighbor, seeking $275,000 for pain, suffering and other damages she says were inflicted when a pet duck ambushed her for no apparent reason. Cynthia Ruddell, 62, of Washougal, Wash., was on her mother’s property in Estacada, Ore., …

Seafood study: Up to 32 percent imported to US is caught illegally

By Darryl Fears, The Washington Post on April 22, 2014, at 7:55 p.m.
WASHINGTON — That seafood on your dinner plate is starting to look a little fishy. A new study that examined illegal and unreported marine harvests brought to the United States from around the globe says it maybe shouldn’t be there at all. Up to 32 percent of imported wild shrimp, …
Olympia Snowe

Not much money from Olympia Snowe’s PAC is going to Maine candidates

By Scott Thistle on April 22, 2014, at 7:26 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — When she retired in 2012, U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Republican, rolled about $500,000 of her last campaign war chest into Olympia’s List, a multi-candidate political action committee that’s meant to help moderates and those who seek common ground in politics. But so far the PAC has …
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Found: Northern Maine through the seasons in one beautiful picture

on April 22, 2014, at 7:26 p.m.
It's tough to find a place with more distinct seasons than Northern Maine.
Rep. Drew Gattine, D-Westbrook

LePage vetoes bills to report on welfare misuse probes and refine freedom-of-access law

By Christopher Cousins on April 22, 2014, at 7:03 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to produce annual reports of investigations involving the misuse of public benefits and blamed Democrats for failing to find funding for it. LD 1829 was among three bills vetoed …
The former 99 restaurant at the Bangor Mall will undergo complete remodeling and reopen as Las Palapas, serving Mexican cuisine.

Mexican restaurant Las Palapas in the works near Bangor Mall

By Nick McCrea on April 22, 2014, at 6:51 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The inside of the former Ninety Nine restaurant was shrouded in wood dust Tuesday as crews listening to a Spanish-language radio station worked to convert it into Bangor’s newest Mexican restaurant. Eriberto “Eric” Guzman, 32, who will manage the new restaurant called Las Palapas, said he hopes …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud speaks at an Earth Day press conference on Yarmouth waterfront on Tuesday. He blasted Gov. LePage's stance on renewable energy.

On Earth Day, Michaud takes digs at LePage’s environmental, energy record

By Mario Moretto on April 22, 2014, at 6:33 p.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud on Tuesday took several shots at Republican Gov. Paul LePage regarding the incumbent’s record on energy and environmental issues. Speaking during an Earth Day event organized by the Sierra Club of Maine at the Yarmouth Town Landing, Michaud said LePage has stood …

Michaud blasts LePage for not supporting renewables

By Troy R. Bennett on April 22, 2014, at 6:29 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Michaud, who is running for governor, blasts Gov. LePage for not supporting renewable energy options like wind and solar.
Maine School of Science and Mathematics Executive Director Luke Shorty

National magazine: Maine’s high schools rank among best in the US

By Christopher Cousins on April 22, 2014, at 6:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s education system earned accolades Tuesday from a national publication that says the state has some of the best high schools in the country and that, overall, Maine ties California for high quality high schools. The Maine School of Science and Mathematics ranked best in the state …

Four men arrested on elver charges in two incidents

By Bill Trotter on April 22, 2014, at 6:04 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Two men, a father and a son from Massachusetts, are facing criminal charges after Maine Marine Patrol officers found them with 31 pounds of elvers in their vehicle here over the weekend. In a separate incident, two other men from New York were arrested Saturday in Wiscasset …

Congress takes up food-labeling fight

By Jim Spencer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on April 22, 2014, at 5:56 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The federal government and a number of states are on a collision course over labels for genetically engineered food. A bill introduced in the U.S. House earlier this month would ban states from passing food labeling laws. One that the Vermont Senate passed last week would require labels …
Paul Rudman in 2005.

LePage nominates PUC alternates to overcome stalemate in Poland Spring case

By Darren Fishell on April 22, 2014, at 5:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has nominated three retired judges to serve as alternates on the Maine Public Utilities Commission in an effort to move forward consideration of a 25-year water sales contract between Nestle Waters North America, the owner of Poland Spring, and its Fryeburg water supplier. The …
Brian Knight

Freedom man facing marijuana cultivation, victim tampering and other charges

By Abigail Curtis on April 22, 2014, at 5:55 p.m.
FREEDOM, Maine — Police say a man from Freedom who was arrested and brought to jail last week on a charge of domestic violence terrorizing got into a lot more trouble after he was placed behind bars. Brian Knight, 40, was wanted by the Fairfield Police Department, which had probable …

Crews work to put out brush fire in Waldo County

By Abigail Curtis on April 22, 2014, at 5:14 p.m.
PALERMO, Maine — Firefighting crews worked for about an hour Tuesday afternoon to extinguish a small brush fire off Route 3 in Palermo. The blaze burned about an acre and a half, but “wasn’t a big deal at all,” according to Chief Michael York of the Palermo Volunteer Fire Department. …
Gov. Paul LePage

Anticipating sale of company, union representing FairPoint workers blasts LePage veto of new standards for telecom mergers

By Darren Fishell on April 22, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Officials at the union that represents most employees of FairPoint Communications say telephone and broadband customers remain exposed to the negative consequences of a bad merger or acquisition after Gov. Paul LePage on Friday vetoed a bill setting new standards for such a deal. The bill, LD …
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