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Laura Bryer Joins Art Collector Maine As Manager Of The Portland Art Gallery.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:48:44 GMT

Art Collector Maine-a Maine Media Collective affiliated company-announced today the hiring of Laura Bryer as the new manager of the company's Portland Art Gallery. In her role Bryer, who spent the last ten years growing Seal It Insulation Systems into a $2 million per year business, will use her experience developing new systems and processes to streamline operations at this growing Old Port gallery.




Nation's largest student loan servicer fights back as Maine eyes protections

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:37:02 GMT

The nation's largest servicer of federal student loans has lobbied against states' efforts to license student loan servicers in Maine and elsewhere this year as it seeks to become the nation's single servicer of student loans under a plan backed by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. State records reviewed by The Associated Press show Navient Corp. has reported spending at least $44,000 since January on lobbyists in Maine, New York and Washington, states where lawmakers are considering licensing requirements.




Opioids hospitalize nearly 23 Mainers a day

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:37:01 GMT

Emergency rooms in Maine have seen the impact of the nation's opioid crisis more acutely than anywhere but Massachusetts. Data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project reveal that trend and a more detailed look at opioid-related hospital visits by age, sex, location and income levels, showing that lower-income Mainers have higher rates and that rural ER visits are about on par with urban areas.




Maine legislator charged with OUI

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:16:56 GMT

State Rep. Michael G. "Mick" Devin, D-Newcastle, faces a misdemeanor charge of operating under the influence after his arrest in Damariscotta late Tuesday. Damariscotta Police Officer Jim Dotson responded to a complaint of a vehicle driving erratically at 10:20 p.m., according to a press release from the Damariscotta Police Department.




Maine lawmakers seem too busy arguing to pass a budget

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:16:55 GMT

The Legislature will breeze past its scheduled adjournment on Wednesday because of the two-year budget impasse, but things got testy on Tuesday about what seemed like everything but the budget. In the House of Representatives, Republicans attacked Democrats for supposedly not backing police.




Fresh from the farm: Maine takes lead in - food sovereignty' movement

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:16:54 GMT

Ken Robbins finishes up work Tuesday evening at River Valley Farm in Canton, which he owns with Carole Robbins, his wife. Carole Robbins said she has heard about the new food sovereignty law, but they plan to keep selling their beef the way they have been, after inspection.




5 Hot Summer beach reads

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:54:19 GMT

Synopsis Angel wondered if her story with Saunders was just beginning... or ending. He'd seemed so distant lately, caught up in, you know, books.




$325 loafers could bring shoe manufacturing back to Maine

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:52:04 GMT

The company only has 10 people on its payroll currently, four of them part-time. The company works out of a former wool mill in the center of town, and most of the equipment is hand-me-downs from other plants.




Spike delivers murky take on Stephen King's 'Mist'

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:01:09 GMT

Alyssa Sutherland stars as Eve Copeland, a mother desperate to protect her daughter, in Spike TV's THE MIST, based on a story by Stephen King. THE MIST premieres on Spike starting Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT.




Maine BMV unveils new video to help prepare road test applicants

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:43:18 GMT

Road test applicants now have a chance to view the entire process before their test date, in a new video offered on the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles website. "What to Expect During the State of Maine Class C License Road Test" features driver license examiners from throughout the state, guiding an applicant through the process.




Maine is spending more on health care per capita than most other states

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:25:09 GMT

Maine spends more on health care per person than most other states, according to a new federal study that shows wide variation across the country. Maine spent $9,531 on health care per capita in 2014, the 11th-highest amount in the nation.




Maine man pleads guilty to illegal trafficking in baby eels valued at $375K

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:17:49 GMT

A 38-year-old Woolwich man pleaded guilty on Friday to illegally trafficking in poached elvers - juvenile American eels - in 2012. Michael Squillace pleaded guilty to violating the federal Lacey Act, which prohibits interstate transport or transactions of any species of fish or wildlife illegally harvested or handled in any state.




Maine 4-H grows through volunteers

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:17:48 GMT

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H in Washington County is looking for adults who have a talent or interest that they are willing to share with young people. Planning is underway for 4-H special interest clubs that will begin in the next three to six months.




Opioid hospitalization increasing, Maine among top 10 states

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:59:27 GMT

The coast-to-coast opioid epidemic is swamping hospitals, with government data published Tuesday showing 1.27 million emergency room visits or inpatient stays for opioid-related issues in a single year. The 2014 numbers, the latest available for every state and the District of Columbia, reflect a 64 percent increase for inpatient care and a 99 percent jump for emergency room treatment compared to figures from 2005.




Maine's food sovereignty law touted as nationwide first

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:40:31 GMT

With a stroke of his pen, Gov. Paul LePage last week enacted landmark legislation putting Maine in the forefront of the food sovereignty movement. LePage signed LD 725, An Act to Recognize Local Control Regarding Food Systems , Friday legitimizing the authority of towns and communities to enact ordinances regulating local food distribution free from state regulatory control.




As adjournment looms, Maine lawmakers have plenty of vetoes but no budget

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:19:11 GMT

Wednesday marks the statutory adjournment date for the Legislature, which means that's the day that was set months ago for lawmakers to wrap up their work. To go beyond that day will require a vote of the Legislature, a routine matter which that threatens to trigger a government shutdown on July 1, this Legislature has completed most of its workload, according to the Office of Policy and Legal Analysis.




Attorney General Mills satisfied with Maine standards for ruling shootings by police 'justified'

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:17:49 GMT

Attorney General Janet Mills said she's concerned with the dramatic rise in the number of people shot to death by Maine law enforcement officers this year but is satisfied with the standards her office uses in deciding whether fatal force was "justified." Twice as many people have been fatally shot by Maine police so far this year as in all of 2016 and 2015 combined.