A worker from the SEAT factory, under the Volkswagen group, works on an engine of a SEAT Leon car, in Martorell near Barcelona December 5, 2014.  About 700,000 of the 11 million diesel engines involved in the Volkswagen emissions scandal were manufactured by the company's brand Seat, a spokesman for the Spanish unit said on Tuesday, September 29, 2015.  Picture taken December 5, 2014.     REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

Maine to get $5.1 million from Volkswagen emissions settlement

By Dawn Gagnon on March 30, 2017, at 7:47 p.m.
Volkswagen has agreed to pay more than $157 million to 10 states to settle environmental lawsuits filed last year.
Verizon's Bangor call center closed last week.

Verizon eliminates jobs in Waterville one week after closure of Bangor call center

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 30, 2017, at 6:02 p.m.
“We are working with employees to find new positions within the organization or they can choose to receive a compensation package.”

Governor extends ice fishing season in northern Maine to April 16

on March 30, 2017, at 4:43 p.m.
“Extending the ice fishing season in northern Maine will provide anglers throughout the state similar ice fishing opportunities to those in southern Maine.”
Gov. Paul LePage addresses the chamber during the 2017 State of the State address at the State House. LePage is urging legislators to pass a bill that would bring Maine in compliance with federal Real ID standards.

LePage rejects Real ID quick fix, backs bill to comply with federal standards

By Christopher Cousins on March 30, 2017, at 3:54 p.m.
The governor urged legislators to quickly pass LD 306, which would force Maine to become fully compliant with Real ID.
Dakota was pardoned Thursday by Gov. Paul LePage. A District Court judge had ordered the husky be euthanized after it attacked another dog.

LePage pardons dog that was sentenced to die

By Michael Shepherd on March 30, 2017, at 2:54 p.m.
The dog, Dakota, was sentenced to be euthanized after allegedly killing a smaller dog in 2016.
Matthew Mason

Man accused in Ohio homicide found during Augusta bail check

By McCrea and Ricker on March 30, 2017, at 8:56 a.m.
Cheryl Lee Rust, left, receives a lifetime achievement award from Maine Restaurant Association board chair Michelle Corry, and president Steve Hewins Tuesday night at a gala celebration.

Restaurant awards tout chefs and owners from Ogunquit to Wiscasset

By Kathleen Pierce on March 29, 2017, at 6:37 p.m.
Maine eateries Le Garage, Jonathan’s Ogunquit, Union Restaurant and The Red Barn were among the restaurants honored.
The Curiosity Mars rover took this 'selfie'on the surface of Mars on May 11, 2016, before it began traversing part of the Red Planet that research scientists have named "Bar Harbor" and which has several features named after places in the Pine Tree State.

Scientists are naming locations on Mars after iconic Maine towns, landmarks

By Alex Acquisto on March 29, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Ogunquit Beach, Cape Elizabeth, Rockport, Isleboro, Isle au Haut and Mt. Katahdin are all locations in Maine — and now on Mars.
OxyContin, in 80 mg pills, in a 2013 file image.

Maine’s new opiate limits could be targeted in lawsuit

By Michael Shepherd on March 28, 2017, at 6:45 p.m.
Two midcoast men who suffer from chronic pain informed state officials on Tuesday that they intend to sue over a new law that limits opiate prescriptions.
Rear Adm. Steve Poulin, 1st Coast Guard District commander (at podium) honors Sgt. Matt Talbot and Specialist Corrie Roberts (immediate left of Poulin) during a ceremony at the State House. Talbot and Roberts were honored for their role in stopping a runaway lobster boat in October 2015 off the coast of North Haven.

Maine Marine Patrol officers honored for stopping runaway lobster boat

By Christopher Cousins on March 28, 2017, at 5:38 p.m.
Two Maine Marine Patrol officers were honored Tuesday for their attempt to rescue a distressed fisherman off North Haven in 2015.

Maine pols push to keep late campaign contributions hidden until after elections

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on March 27, 2017, at 5:36 p.m.
Last year, candidates, PACs and ballot question campaigns disclosed more than $2.6 million of spending under what’s known as 24-hour reporting.
A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will make for a messy morning commute across Maine Monday.

Snow, freezing rain to make for slick commute across Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 27, 2017, at 6:55 a.m.
The wet snow falling Monday morning will be followed by a light coating of sleet or ice, according to the National Weather Service.
A GameStop store is pictured in Pasadena, California.

GameStop closing at least 150 ‘nonproductive’ stores in 2017

By Dawn Gagnon on March 24, 2017, at 6:22 p.m.
It was not known Friday if any of the company’s 10 stores in Maine will be affected.
Sen. Collins (right) with Joanna Russell, member of BARN Board of Directors and Executive Director of the Northeastern Workforce Development Board

Senator Collins Visits Brewer Organization that Assists Individuals Recovering from Addiction and Their Families

on March 24, 2017, at 3:54 p.m.
In January, Sanford Police and the York County Sheriff’s Office assisted state and federal drug agents in the arrest of two people in the largest heroin drug bust in Maine. The combined street value of the fentanyl laced heroin seized in both Maine and Massachusetts was over $1.8 million.

Maine needs more money to investigate fentanyl deaths

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 24, 2017, at 2:51 p.m.
Of the 378 overdose deaths in 2016, 195 were attributed to fentanyl, up from only nine in 2013.
from left, Sean Geagan, Josh Geagan, Sen. Kimberley Rosen and Richard Rotella.

Bucksport Residents Visit State House

on March 24, 2017, at 1:55 p.m.
Governor Paul LePage attends a maple tree tapping ceremony on a cold day in mid-March. LePage now backs the American Health Care Act and is urging Maine's senators to support it.

LePage now backs GOP health plan, urges support from King, Collins

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 23, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
Earlier this month, LePage sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan which said of the bill, “early signs do not look encouraging.”
Snow is predicted to fall in Bangor on Wednesday.

Cold front brings cooler air, up to 2 inches of snow

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 22, 2017, at 7:38 a.m.
Don’t forget your coat Wednesday. “[The air] will feel like mid-winter, not spring.”
The Maine Warden Service seized five small alligators from an Augusta man Tuesday afternoon.

Five small alligators seized in Augusta

By Danielle McLean on March 21, 2017, at 7:08 p.m.
Yifan Sun, 20, was issued a summons by the Maine game wardens for possessing the alligators, a restricted species in Maine, without a permit.
An aerial view of Portage Lake, one of the gateways to the North Maine Woods and the home of a waterbody some feel could be threatened by open pit mining at Bald Mountain.

Dozens fight back over Maine’s proposed mining rules

By Anthony Brino on March 20, 2017, at 7:52 p.m.
More than 40 citizens, plus additional representatives from environmental groups, voiced their opposition to large scale metal mining.