Stories about Augusta

A woman cycles by the statue of Joshua Chamberlain in front of the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick.

How Joshua Chamberlain’s ghost struck down ranked-choice voting

By Darren Fishell on May 23, 2017, at 3:17 p.m.
The ghost of election chaos past, quelled by former governor and civil war hero Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, figured prominently into the Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s unanimous opinion that ranked-choice voting conflicts with the state constitution.
Dr. Henry Ryan (third from left) is shown a dedication ceremony for a plaque installed in his honor at the state medical examiner's office in Augusta on Oct. 15, 2013, with (from left) former Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Margaret Greenwald, former Deputy Attorney General William Stokes and Attorney General Janet Mills.

Former longtime medical examiner Henry Ryan dies at 78

By Dawn Gagnon on May 22, 2017, at 8:11 p.m.
“Dr. Ryan set the standard for dedication to his profession.”

Greater Gardiner River Festival

By Patrick Wright on May 21, 2017, at 3:20 p.m.
Northbound traffic at the Maine Turnpike toll plaza in West Gardiner.

How much LePage’s plan to end Maine Turnpike Authority could cost drivers

By Christopher Cousins on May 20, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“The idea that the DOT has the money to take care of 109 miles of four-lane highway is not feasible, it’s not rational and it doesn’t make any economic sense.”
Graduates enter the Alfond Arena during the University of Maine's 215th Commencement in Orono.

University of Maine System to get its first tuition bump in six years

By Nick McCrea on May 20, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The flat tuition rate over the past six years has been unusual among Maine’s peer institutions in other states, bucking a trend of increasing education costs across the country.

Chris Thomas King

By boxoffice on May 19, 2017, at 9:31 a.m.
Dakota, the husky pardoned by Gov. Paul LePage

Husky pardoned by LePage may become a sled dog

By Dawn Gagnon on May 18, 2017, at 8:14 p.m.
Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney filed a motion that would let her propose sending Dakota, a 4-year-old female husky, to an animal rescue program in New Hampshire instead of being euthanized.
Republican Sen. Roger Katz of Augusta

Physician-assisted suicide gains Maine Senate OK but is unlikely to be enacted

By Christopher Cousins on May 18, 2017, at 2:18 p.m.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, would legalize an extended process through which a terminally ill patient could end his or her life with the assistance of a doctor.
Toni Richardson, an ed-tech employed by the Augusta School District, filed charges of religious discrimination and retaliation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Augusta ed tech claims she was told not to say, ‘I will pray for you’

By Judy Harrison on May 17, 2017, at 5:47 p.m.
“I was shocked that my employer punished me for privately telling a coworker, ‘I will pray for you,’” Toni Richardson of Augusta said in a press release issued Tuesday.

Pie Sale!

By Josh Parda on May 15, 2017, at 7:35 p.m.
Augusta police Officer Brad Chase surprised 5-year-old Evie on Saturday for her police-themed birthday party.

Officer surprises 5-year-old at her police-themed birthday party

By Alex Acquisto on May 15, 2017, at 11:15 a.m.
Evie, clad in her own tiny police hat and uniform, posed for a picture with Officer Chase behind her birthday cake, which had police-uniform blue frosting, a black frosting tie, handcuffs and caution tape on top.

Opponents say victims’ bill of rights could have unintended consequences

By Steve Mistler on May 14, 2017, at 3:21 p.m.
“To create constitutional rights for victims before the state has proven its case, is to negate the presumption of innocence.”
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage: Drug, alcohol use by pregnant women is child abuse

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 12, 2017, at 5:25 p.m.
“If you’re abusing drugs, if you’re abusing alcohol when you are pregnant, we have to do something. We have to work with you. We have to get you off them,” LePage said.
John Butera

LePage nominates senior adviser to head labor department

By Christopher Cousins on May 12, 2017, at 4:45 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage has chosen a close personal adviser to lead the Maine Department of Labor, nominating John Butera to become its next commissioner.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp on Tour: Portland, ME

By Michelle Tuttle on May 12, 2017, at 11:39 a.m.
Wade Robert Hoover

Maine high court considers if defacto life sentence too harsh in sex assaults on children

By Judy Harrison on May 11, 2017, at 6:10 p.m.
“Twenty-five to 30 years in prison would have been sufficient to meet the goal of public safety,” Scott Hess, whose client is serving a 60-year sentence, told the justices.
A mailer distributed by the Maine Republican party which attacks Democratic state senate candidate Colleen Lachowicz for playing online games. A proposed bill would require such mailings also be sent to the Ethics Commission.

Partisan split effectively dooms effort to better police Maine campaign mailings

By Christopher Cousins on May 11, 2017, at 5:35 p.m.
A bill designed to strengthen Maine’s regulation of political campaign mailings is destined to fail following a Democrat-led partisan 77-72 vote that effectively blocked the measure.
Justin Pillsbury

Court rejects idea that ‘green-eyed monster’ statement unfairly swayed jury

By Judy Harrison on May 11, 2017, at 2:20 p.m.
Attorney Caleb Gannon of Augusta, argued that Assistant Attorney General Donald Macomber’s reference to a “green-eyed monster” that was “uncaged” prejudiced the jury and amounted to prosecutorial misconduct.

Augusta woman admits to stealing cash, gift cards while working at post office

By Judy Harrison on May 11, 2017, at 8:45 a.m.
An Augusta woman admitted Wednesday in U.S. District Court that she took cash and gift cards totaling at least $400 intended as gifts from mail between April 1 and Aug. 1, 2016.

Maine Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority’s regular meeting May 12

on May 10, 2017, at 3:37 p.m.