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Maine Maple Sunday celebrates the state’s sweetest treat

Maine’s official day of celebrating sweet, sticky maple is almost here, and producers around the state are getting ready for enthusiastic crowds of maple syrup fans. Josh Knipping of Back Ridge Sugar House in Winterport said Saturday that he had already welcomed scores of people to see his sugarhous


Maine Lawmaker Says Free Menstrual Products Would Make Prison Like 'A Country Club'

A lawmaker in Maine recently suggested that jail would be like “a country club” if incarcerated women were given access to free pads and tampons. State Rep. Richard Pickett (R) made the comments during a hearing last week to advance a state bill that would guarantee free menstrual products in all of


Gov. Mills Announces $5.1 Million Plan to Put New Electric Cars on Maine’s Old Shitty Roads

Augusta – Governor Janet Mills plans to use money secured during her tenure as Maine’s Attorney General to give a break to people looking to purchase electric vehicles for use on Maine’s pock-marked, decrepit roads system.


United Express plane missed runway entirely at Maine airport, report indicates

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says a United Express regional jet didn't slide off a runway in Maine — it missed the runway altogether. A preliminary report Thursday indicates the 50-seat Embraer 145 approached to the right of the runway on an aborted first landing attempt and then


Maine CDC Looking for Several People Who Handled Rabid Bat

The Maine Center for Disease control is trying to locate several people who handled a rabid bat with their bare hands last weekend in Bangor. The Maine CDC says the live bat was found near the Shaw House, a youth shelter, and was passed among several individuals who held it with their bare hands.


NC State vs. Maine open thread / Saturday tourney discussion

The Wolfpack Women’s NCAA opener against Maine will be tipping shortly. Princeton-Kentucky is still wrapping up, so that’ll probably put the Pack’s tip time at 1:20ish. The Tigers gave Kentucky a good run today but it’s gonna be the Wildcats waiting for State in the second round.


‘Axe Women’ logging show makes a pitch for Maine’s forestry heritage

Head to Hilltop Boilers in Newfield for Maine Maple Sunday this weekend and you’ll be in for a treat. Sure, you’ll find the usual syrup and other maple products, farm tours and barnyard animals.


Maine gets $2.3 million grant for opioid crisis

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine has received $2.3 million to target the opioid crisis. The federal government has released $500 million of $1.5 million in state opioid response grants. The remaining $1 billion will be released in September.


Young Mainer taps into maple syrup business just in time for 'Maine Maple Sunday'

ARUNDEL, Maine — With the Maine maple syrup season off to a bit of a late start across the state there is one young Mainer diving into the business. Casey Belanger, 22, started up ’207 Tappers’ on his family’s property in Arundel just in the last few months.


Body of airman killed in Arkansas returned to Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The body of an airman who died while trying to stop an armed robbery in Arkansas has returned home to Maine. A procession escorted the body of 23-year-old Senior Airman Shawn McKeough Jr. from Boston to a Portland funeral home Thursday evening.


Maine’s Muslim community gets show of support in wake of New Zealand attacks

Worshippers headed into Friday prayers at the Maine Muslim Community Center in Portland were greeted by at least two dozen people standing outside to show solidarity a week after a dozens were killed in an attack on two New Zealand mosques.


For the Maine women's basketball team, it's a family affair

RALEIGH, N.C. — Good news and exciting milestones are better when shared with the people you love. The Maine women's basketball team is doing just that this weekend when they play in their second consecutive NCAA Tournament. For the Black Bears, it's a family affair for two reasons.


Maine man arrested after 4-hour standoff in woods

WEST PARIS, Maine — A West Paris man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a 4-hour standoff in the woods, officials with the Oxford County Sheriff's Office said. Officials said detectives with the sheriff's office were investigating Neil Lanteigne, 43, for criminal trespassing and criminal threate


Maine’s February unemployment rate extends streak

Maine continued its streak of historically low unemployment in February, reporting a rate of 3.4 percent. The Maine Department of Labor and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released February workforce estimates Friday. Maine’s rate of 3.4 percent compares with January’s rate of 3.5 percent. Last


Want to Buy a Zoo? Maine Has One For Sale

Have you always wanted a pet otter, ostrich or Bengal tiger, but the pesky tenant’s board or neighborhood association wouldn’t allow it? Your time has come. York’s Wild Kingdom, a Maine-based zoo and amusement park, is up for sale with an asking price of just $14.2 million.


A revived ‘red flag’ bill could prompt the biggest gun control debate in Maine this year

Want to get the Daily Brief by email? Sign up here. A so-called “red flag” bill to allow courts to order a person deemed dangerous to temporarily surrender guns is moving forward again in the Maine Legislature and could be an early flashpoint for conservatives despite a past compromise of sorts on t


Maine House passes bill to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day

The Maine state House passed a bill Tuesday that would change the Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous People's Day. The bill, which still faces a vote in the Senate, was approved by the House with a 88-51 vote, according to Maine Public.


Maine women practice in Raleigh ahead of NCAA Tournament game

The game will mark the second time the two have clashed this season. NC State is down three starters from the squad that squashed Maine back in December, but the enthusiasm for the Wolfpack is still strong down in North Carolina.


Maine man flees police on snowmobile, snowshoes, police say

WEST PARIS, Maine (AP) — Police say a Maine man fired at officers serving an arrest warrant before attempting to escape on a snowmobile, then snowshoes. Oxford County deputies say deputies were investigating 43-year-old Neil Lanteigne for criminal trespass and threatening with a firearm when they re


Bill Would Provide $2.5 Million for Maine Volunteer Firefighter Pensions

Attracting and retaining volunteers to fill the ranks of Maine’s many volunteer fire departments has gotten increasingly difficult, but lawmakers hope a bill to fund a pension program for volunteers could change that.