Caleb Swanberg, 26, of Caribou speaks with U.S. Sen. Susan Collins during a ceremony recognizing the 2015 Maine Tracks class. The program, a partnership between Tufts University and Maine Medical Center, aims to increase the number of physicians who want to practice in rural areas, especially in Maine.

Medical students celebrate completion of program aimed at shaping rural doctors

By Nick McCrea on May 02, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.
PORTLAND | A group of 34 medical students with dreams of working in rural communities celebrated the next step in their careers Saturday at the University of Southern Maine. The Maine Track Program was created three years ago through a partnership between Tufts University School of Medicine and Maine …
Smoke rises from a two-alarm house fire at 107 Deering Road in Gorham on Saturday. Officials said a grill explosion caused the fire.

Grill explosion causes Gorham house fire

By CBS 13 on May 02, 2015, at 4:14 p.m.
GORHAM — Fire crews are on the scene of a two-alarm house fire at 107 Deering Road in Gorham, reports Portland television station WGME, CBS 13. The call came in before 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Officials said the fire started on a grill on a deck and spread to the house. …

Former Maine drug investigator sentenced to 60 days in jail for ‘reprehensible’ theft

By Beth Brogan on May 01, 2015, at 3:46 p.m.
PORTLAND | A former Portland police officer, drug investigator and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office investigator will serve 60 days in jail and pay $159,000 in restitution after being convicted Friday of felony theft. Bruce Chase, 63, of Naples was convicted of Class B theft and Class D misuse of …
Benjamin Martineau

Portland man facing pair of robbery charges

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 01, 2015, at 1:28 p.m.
A local man was charged Friday in connection with a pair of robberies, according to Portland police Lt. James Sweatt. Benjamin Martineau, 26, is being held at the Cumberland County Jail on unrelated charges, Sweatt said. The two robberies, during one of which Martineau was armed, occurred …
Tourists in Bar Harbor take pictures of the cruise ship AIDA Bella anchored offshore in this Oct. 9, 2013, file photo.

Maine set to get more than 400 cruise ship visits in 2015

By Bill Trotter on May 01, 2015, at 1:25 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | Like the first robin of spring, the arrival next week of the Maasdam in Frenchman Bay will signal the start of Maine’s annual cruise ship season, which is expected to last through early November. The May 7 visit by the Holland America ship, the first to …
Dr. Karen Hover is one of the few doctors in the Bangor area who prescribes Suboxone at the Discovery House in Bangor.

‘A system that doesn’t exist’: Without methadone, patients rely on addiction treatment few Maine doctors prescribe

By Jackie Farwell on May 01, 2015, at 11:49 a.m.
A Bangor recovery center contacted more than 100 doctors across the state with what sounds like a tempting offer. Desperate to help patients waiting months for one form of opioid addiction treatment, staff at the Discovery House promised each physician a bonus of $5,000. Contract with the center to prescribe …
A rendition of what a pedestrian walkway could look like above the busy intersection of Casco Bay Bridge, Broadway and Waterman Drive.

South Portland elevated walkway: A bridge too costly?

By Alex Acquisto on May 01, 2015, at 10:39 a.m.
The city will weigh the feasibility and cost of constructing a pedestrian bridge over the intersection of the Casco Bay Bridge, Waterman Drive and Broadway. Drafting of the Mill Creek Master Plan, which aims to resuscitate the neighborhood aesthetically and environmentally, and to reconfigure zoning to …
The Rev. Michael Seavey from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

Catholic Church leader using popular blog to reach new audiences in Maine

By Dave Guthro, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland on May 01, 2015, at 7:10 a.m.
PORTLAND | “A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give but also to receive. Media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the networks of human communication have made unprecedented advances. The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. …
FairPoint Communications has named Michael C. Reed, a 40-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, as Maine State President.

FairPoint takes battle over landline service to lawmakers

By Darren Fishell on April 30, 2015, at 8:12 p.m.
PORTLAND | FairPoint Communications has about 29,000 landline customers it’s required to serve, regardless of profitability, and the company wants out of that arrangement. Maine’s largest telecommunications provider has helped draft a bill, LD 1302, that seeks to create a way for FairPoint or other obligated phone service providers …
Meagan Gallagher, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (left), and Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation (right), talk with the media in Portland on Wednesday before a gala event celebrating the organization's 50th birthday.

Planned Parenthood head says take ‘politics out of women’s health care’

By Jackie Farwell on April 30, 2015, at 6:41 p.m.
PORTLAND | Fifty years ago, when a group of Vermont women and a local minister founded what would become the northern New England chapter of Planned Parenthood, the birth control pill was new. Approved by federal regulators just five years earlier, the pill would soon revolutionize the lives of …

Planned Parenthood president speaks about the past 50 years of women’s health care

By Troy R. Bennett on April 30, 2015, at 6:39 p.m.
Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation, talk with the media in Portland on Wednesday before a gala event celebrating the organization’s 50th birthday.

Cape Elizabeth councilors veto school budget, call for spending cuts

By Kate Gardner on April 30, 2015, at 10:48 a.m.
In a rare exercise of their veto authority, town councilors Monday rejected the budget proposed by the school board and reduced it by more than $110,000. The Town Council finance committee, comprising the entire council, said it wants no spending increase in fiscal 2016. “I understand …
Gov.  Paul LePage talks about his budget at Ellsworth High School in this April 16, 2015, file photo.

Westbrook official apologizes for LePage ‘assassination’ remarks

By Katie Sampson, CBS 13 on April 30, 2015, at 10:11 a.m.
A Westbrook city councilor is apologizing for comments he made about Gov. Paul LePage “meeting his maker.” It happened at a meeting Tuesday night in Scarborough. Councilor Paul Emery said if LePage “goes to see his maker, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings a bit” and reportedly said …

South Portland seeks legal advice on proposed liquid petroleum gas facility

By Alex Acquisto on April 30, 2015, at 9:02 a.m.
The city will seek a third-party interpretation of the zoning ordinance governing a proposal for a liquid petroleum gas storage facility at Rigby Rail Yard. NGL Supply Terminal Co. submitted the proposal to the Planning Board two months ago. It has since stirred criticism from some …

South Portland school chief: ‘Major concerns’ over budget persist

By Alex Acquisto on April 30, 2015, at 8:54 a.m.
In what may be the last workshop session before the school budget referendum, the School Board met with city councilors Monday night and outlined four problematic aspects of the budget. Despite the issues, however, the board has proposed a budget of approximately $46 million, an increase …
South Portland police are investigating the cause of the death of 47-year-old James J. Gudinas, whose body was found Tuesday on the shoreline of the Fore River in South Portland.

Police identify body found Tuesday in South Portland

By Beth Brogan on April 29, 2015, at 5:04 p.m.
Police on Wednesday identified the body of a man found Tuesday afternoon on the shoreline of the Fore River. Working with the office of the state medical examiner, investigators identified the man as James J. Gudinas, 47, whose address is unknown but who apparently recently stayed …
Mohamud Mohamed

Police seeking third suspect in 2013 Biddeford murder

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 29, 2015, at 2:56 p.m.
A third man is being sought by police in connection with the 2013 murder of a Biddeford man, according to state police. Detectives are seeking the public’s help in searching for Mohamud Mohamed, 21, whose last known address was in Portland, according to Department of Public Safety …
An 18-year-old Standish man was seriously injured Wednesday after his motorcycle hit a deer in Standish.

Standish man seriously injured when motorcycle strikes deer

By Beth Brogan on April 29, 2015, at 1:42 p.m.
An 18-year-old man was seriously injured Wednesday morning when the motorcycle he was riding struck a deer. Wade Kennedy of Standish was operating a Yamaha YZF-R6 at about 7:23 a.m. on Cape Road in Standish when the motorcycle struck a deer crossing the road, according to a …

Leaked poll shows Strimling would beat Brennan in mayoral race rematch

on April 29, 2015, at 1:38 p.m.
WGAN radio and the Portland Press Herald have reported this morning that a private poll conducted of city residents earlier this month is showing renewed public support for Ethan Strimling, even if he says he won’t run for mayor again. The former state senator finished as the runner-up to fellow …
Bangor air can be seen on Wednesday.

Bangor ranks high nationally for clean air as Maine smog gets worse

By Darren Fishell on April 29, 2015, at 1:13 p.m.
Bangor ranked 23rd in the country for its low level of particulate pollutants in the air but dropped from the list of the country’s cleanest cities for ozone, or smog, pollution. The rankings from the American Lung Association show statewide that particle pollution in the air either decreased or remained …
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