In 2016, Maine voters approved Question 4, a measure that incrementally increases Maine’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020 before indexing future wage increases with inflation. However, few voters knew at the time what was buried inside the referendum: The elimination of Maine’s tip credit.
Another MLK Day has been celebrated and once again the full message he strove to convey was conveniently cherry-picked to ignore its fundamental revolutionary call to arms. That call wasn’t just about equality for “people of color.” It wasn’t just about a war on poverty.
In 1533, England’s King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife, Anne Boleyn, who later gave birth to Elizabeth I.
In 1890, reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) of the New York World completed a round-the-world journey in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes. The United Mine Workers of America was founded in Columbus, Ohio.
EASTPORT (AP) — Maine fishing regulators say they have shut down a few areas to scallop fishing, including parts of the state’s most fertile scalloping ground.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources says it has shut down Johnson Bay and Eastport Breakwater in the Cobscook Bay area. Cobscook Bay is the most important fishing area for Maine scallopers.
PORTLAND (AP) — Maine fishing regulators say they have awarded the right to fish for valuable baby eels via a lottery system for the first time in five years.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Colorado Rep. Jared Polis are leading a bipartisan push urging President Donald Trump to reinstate an Obamaera policy discouraging federal prosecutors from targeting individuals involved in the marijuana trade in states that have legalized the drug.
AUGUSTA (AP) — The backers of a failed multi-million dollar campaign to build a third casino in Maine are suing the state ethics commission over a $500,000 fine.
SURRY (AP) — The Maine fire marshal’s office has identified the woman found dead after a fire in her home in the town of Surry.
Officials said the victim was 66-year-old Cathy Pinkham. The state medical examiner’s office confirmed the identity.
ALFRED (AP) — The trial of a man charged with causing a Maine woman’s fatal heart attack by frightening her during a burglary attempt has been pushed back.
Court officials say Carlton Young’s trial has been moved to March 19. It had been scheduled to begin on Wednesday.
HARRISON (AP) — An earthquake has been recorded in Maine for the fifth time in a week.
The U.S. Geological Survey confirms a magnitude 2.3 earthquake struck around 2 a.m. Wednesday. The earthquake was centered near Harrison, and multiple people reported shaking.
CAMDEN (AP) — A popular restaurant owned by an eight-time James Beard award semifinalist has permanently closed after 15 years in operation.
PORTLAND (AP) — A prominent Maine startup advocate has resigned from his post at a business accelerator after admitting he acted inappropriately toward two female colleagues.
BRUNSWICK — No one was hurt in a two-car crash on Pleasant Street Wednesday morning.
Brunswick police were called to the crash in front of Dunkin’ Donuts at 104 Pleasant St., at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday.
DRESDEN — An emergency culvert repair will necessitate a two-day detour on Route 127 in Dresden starting today until Friday, according to the Maine Department of Transportation. The culvert is 1.3 miles south of Route 197 and 1.5 miles north of Indian Road. The two-day detour will take motorists onto Indian Road to Route 128 for approximately 3.8 miles.