PORTLAND (AP) — A Maine robotics company is one of four companies competing to build the Army’s next generation of battlefield support vehicles.
The Army wants unmanned vehicles to reduce the burden on soldiers by carrying heavy ammunition and supplies into combat. The Portland Press Herald reports that the Army is expected to order thousands of the units by 2020.
AUGUSTA (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker is sponsoring legislation to reestablish the independent office of advocacy that oversaw services for the developmentally disabled.
Maine Public reports that legislative leaders have approved a review of a bill that could re-establish that office. Lawmakers abolished the office in 2012.
Maine’s high court this week ordered a lower court to explain why potential jail time for any future hate crimes he might commit would be justified for a Turner man convicted of twice ramming into the car of a man he believed was gay.
DEAR ABBY: I’m at a loss as to how to stay in my 21-year marriage. In August, when our twin daughters leave for college, my wife and I will become empty nesters. We haven’t had sex in more than 2 1/2 years, and before that it didn’t happen more than a couple of times a year.
Tick, tick, tick. I knew that time was passing and didn’t need the dial on the toaster oven to remind me of every hypothetical second my bulkie roll would need to turn a golden color for my lunch, several thousand hypothetical ticks down the road.
Oval Office, 10 a.m. Economics advisor (A) enters to talk with the President (P).
A: Mr. President. The numbers are in and the tax cut won’t pay for itself. We’re short $1 trillion that we’ll have to borrow it.
P: That’s down from 1.5 trillion a few days ago.
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” This old chestnut, often attributed to Yogi Berra, has been around a lot longer than that, but seems apropos as we look back at a tumultuous 2017.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass.
East Coast fishermen are turning a wary eye toward an emerging upstart: the offshore wind industry.
PITTSFIELD (AP) — Maine-based construction company Cianbro Corp. says it’s planning to hire 300 workers next year.
The company employs 1,350 people in Maine and is looking for new people in jobs and trades needed for large projects in the state. One job is a federal contract with the U.S. Navy to make improvements at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.
MILLINOCKET (AP) — Police say a Millinocket man shot in his home earlier this week has died from his wounds.
The death of 59-year-old Wayne Lapierre, is now being investigated as a homicide.
Maine State Police say Lapierre died at about 10 p.m. Friday at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
Lapierre was shot Tuesday at his home.
PORTLAND (AP) — The biggest airport in Maine is going to start offering nonstop service to Chicago in the middle of next year.
The Portland International Jetport says American Airlines will start service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport on June 7. American Airlines is the largest carrier at the Portland airport.
PORTLAND (AP) — Forecasters say that long bouts of strong winds across northern New England amounted to blizzard conditions on Christmas Day as some communities reported up to a foot of snow.
Suzanne J.M. Krauss of Brunswick was nominated Thursday by Gov. Paul LePage to serve as director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency.
The Maine Technology Institute recently closed its Maine Technology Asset Fund 2.0 application portal and announced that it received 183 proposals from Maine companies and organizations seeking, in aggregate, $381 million in funding.
The good news for many in the Northeast and Midwest was that it has been a white Christmas. The bad news was that a blizzard swept into parts of New England and bitter cold enveloped much of the Midwest.