Maine News

Lights Go Out, Roads Dicey as Wintry Storm Batters Northeast

WARREN, Mass. — The first big wintry storm of the season began dropping what forecasters say could be more than a foot of wet, heavy snow Saturday on parts of the Northeast, making travel treacherous and cutting off power to …

Powerful Winds Buffet New England, Knock Out Power in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine — A powerful storm with gusts topping 60 mph swept across coastal New England, knocking out electricity for more than 100,000 homes and businesses in Maine, officials said Tuesday. Maine recorded gusts of 63 mph (101 kph) in …

Maine Offering Workplace Safety Courses This Month

Maine is offering free classes on workplace safety for business owners and employees this month. The various courses being taught throughout September include scaffolding and fall protection, forklift operator training and construction safety. Most of the courses are being held …

Workers’ Comp Conviction for Maine Man

An Aroostook County jury has convicted a northern Maine man of theft of more than $10,000 in workers’ compensation benefits. Prosecutors said Friday that 63-year-old Stephen Tucker Sr. received more than $45,000 in benefits after injuring his hand awhile working …

Maine Police to Join Nationwide Campaign Against Distracted Driving

A spokesman from the Department of Public Safety says Maine will join in nationwide efforts to reduce auto accidents that result when drivers don’t pay attention to the road. Maine State Police and the Bureau of Highway Safety plan to …

Maine Governor Resists Online Work Injury Database

A proposal from the federal government to make more specific workplace safety data available online could violate individuals’ privacy and embarrass employers and workers, Maine officials said this week. Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is pushing back against the U.S. …

Governor Praises Maine’s Low Insurance Rates

Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration says Maine’s auto and homeowners insurance rates are the lowest in New England and among the lowest in the country. The Maine Bureau of Insurance is pointing to recently released reports from the National Association …

Maine DOT Says Existing Rail Safety Guidelines are Adequate

A rail safety review ordered by Maine Gov. Paul LePage following a train disaster that claimed 47 lives north of the border in Quebec has determined that existing practices are adequate. The Maine Department of Transportation said the scenario of …

Maine Town Can Replace 1 of 3 Destroyed Cruisers

Saco’s police chief says insurance money will only cover the cost of replacing one of the town’s three police cruisers totaled when a Massachusetts woman rammed them during a chase in July. Chief Bradley Paul told the city council Monday …

Accidents Focus Attention on Maine Golf Cart Rules

Two serious accidents involving golf carts – neither occurring on a golf course – are leading to questions about safety and inspection rules for the vehicles in Maine. The Portland Press Herald reports that while golf carts must be registered …