Camden Hills Regional High School students get onto a bus after being dismissed from school Friday afternoon. Maria Libby, superintendent of MSAD 28, part of the Five Town CSD, said Wednesday that the vast majority of parents in her district support starting school later.

More Maine schools are opting for later morning starts

By Alex Acquisto on March 25, 2017, at 7:40 a.m.
Midcoast school districts are considering joining the ranks of others in Maine that have delayed the start of the school day.

The latest Long Creek controversy

on March 24, 2017, at 6:45 p.m.
Tonight, House leaders called off a vote on the health care plan; the head of Long Creek was placed on leave; and strange white stuff appears to be falling from the sky.
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.
Kevin Switzer (front) drives Mizuno around the track during racing action in 2015 at Scarborough Downs.

Scarborough Downs has prospective buyer

By Ed Morin, Maine Public on March 24, 2017, at 5:56 p.m.
There’s a sales agreement in place between the Scarborough Downs harness racing track in southern Maine and a prospective buyer.
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.
Long Creek Youth Development Center on Westbrook Street in South Portland

Head of Long Creek put on leave amid ‘active investigation’

By Jake Bleiberg on March 24, 2017, at 9:08 a.m.
The superintendent of the Long Creek Youth Development Center was put on administrative leave earlier this week, according to multiple informed sources.
Sally Moulton, 67, of Harpswell punches trainer Andy Anderson's glove during a Rock Steady Boxing class in Brunswick which she attends with her husband John who has Parkinson's disease. Rock Steady Boxing is an exercise program adapted to people with the disease.

Parkinson’s patients are fighting back against the disease, literally

By Meg Haskell on March 24, 2017, at 6:06 a.m.
“It’s fun and kind of edgy, and it’s a lot more fun to tell your grandchildren that you’re boxing than telling them you’re going to physical therapy.”

Oil spill bill probably dead in the water

on March 23, 2017, at 6:45 p.m.
L.L. Bean boots have become a Maine icon.

How ‘buying stuff made in Maine’ became cool

By Alex Steed on March 23, 2017, at 5:51 p.m.
When I was a kid in western Maine, I never imagined we’d become a specialty beer capital or be known for well-crafted items beyond the iconic Bean boot.

Charles Dickens did not love Portland

on March 23, 2017, at 4:14 p.m.
Dickens called the food “bad and disgusting.” He even complained about the size of the dishes. They were too small.
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.”
An oil tanker in Casco Bay.

Bill to protect against Maine oil spills likely dead

By Jake Bleiberg on March 23, 2017, at 11:39 a.m.
A bill that would require ships transferring fuel in Maine waters to use protective devices meant to block the spread of oil in the case of a spill is likely dead.
An attorney for the Maine Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday asked representatives of Stored Solar, which operates a biomass energy generator in West Enfield, to respond to allegations that it has not been paying loggers for wood products used to generate energy.

Biomass firm asked to explain financial status after loggers say they were not paid

By Darren Fishell on March 22, 2017, at 7:35 p.m.
Regulators have asked a company receiving state subsidies to explain why loggers supplying the plants report not being paid in more than a month.

Cumberland County Jail investigating suicide attempt

on March 22, 2017, at 6:49 p.m.
Human rights advocate Zainah Anwar of Malaysia will deliver the University of Maine School of Law's sixth annual Justice for Women Lecture, "What Islam, Whose Islam? The Struggle for Women's Right to Equality and Justice in Muslim Contexts," Thursday at the Abromson Community Education Center. On Tuesday, Anwar spoke to students at Deering High School.

Global rights activist in Maine: Trump, Muslim extremists use same strategy

By Beth Brogan on March 22, 2017, at 4:43 p.m.
“There’s a lot of change going on in the Muslim world — new scholarship that upholds equality and justice and the possibility of reform.”
The Cumberland County Jail, where an inmate recently attempted suicide.

Cumberland County Jail investigating suicide attempt by 26-year-old man

By Beth Brogan on March 22, 2017, at 1:53 p.m.
Portland rescue workers treated Dante Majeroni at the jail and en route to Maine Medical Center.

Finally, a place to chuck axes inside

on March 21, 2017, at 6:45 p.m.
Tonight: Portland isn’t on the list of cities not cooperating with ICE; the City Council is deadlocked over the school bond; and a Westbrook gym is encouraging people to throw sharp objects.
Lucas Houk (center) of Portland raises his arms to celebrate on Monday after being honored as the gold medalist in the Men's 5K Cross Country Freestyle event at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

Maine athletes win big at Special Olympics World Winter Games

By Pete Warner on March 21, 2017, at 3:05 p.m.
Lucas Houk of Portland earned a gold medal while competing for Team USA at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.
City Councilor Nicholas Mavodones present a plan to bond $32 million to renovate two Portland elementary schools and seek state funding for renovations at two others.

Portland council deadlocks over $64 million school bond after hours-long discussion

By Jake Bleiberg on March 21, 2017, at 6:47 a.m.
The failure to reach a final decision Tuesday is merely the latest in a long series of delays in addressing facilities needs at the the four elementary schools, which have not had major renovations since they were built 55 to 65 years ago.
Gov. Paul LePage during a press conference at the State House.

LePage seeks to change rules on biomass bailout bill he signed

By Darren Fishell on March 20, 2017, at 7:22 p.m.
LePage has asked the Maine Public Utilities Commission to change the rules for two biomass companies getting $13.4 million in taxpayer subsidies over two years.

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