Back to Square 1: Portland task force rejects proposal for MLK memorial

A Portland task force rejected a proposal for a memorial to the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., leaving the city’s search for...

Maine rail, trail advocates can’t get on the same track

Since its founding nearly 30 years ago, the East Coast Greenway has sought to create a 3,000-mile bicycle-pedestrian pathway from Key West, Florida, to...

Waiting for a pandemic: Maine prepares for coronavirus

Although Maine by noon Tuesday had no confirmed or presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus disease that has swept across the planet, experts believe...

Portland School Board prepares to vote on body-camera policy

The Police Department and the Portland Public Schools are getting closer to an agreement on the use of body cameras by school resource officers...

Statehouse Report: Bills would enable local-option lodging tax

A local-option sales tax on meals and lodging has long been a legislative priority for Portland and other communities that, in their view, must...

Portland City Council approves financing $18.3M for capital improvements

The Portland City Council on Monday night approved issuing bonds to fund upcoming capital improvement projects. Councilor Nick Mavodones, who chairs the Finance Committee, said...

Portland proposal links marijuana licenses to social justice goals

Portland city councilors will consider proposed rules for retail recreational marijuana shops that will include a complicated scoring matrix to decide who gets a...

Statehouse Report: Legislature weighs new funds for mental health services

The use of county jails to house the mentally ill in Maine has gone from being a perceived crisis to almost a fact of...

Portland’s school renovation vision shrinks as construction costs rise

In 2017, Portland voters approved borrowing $64 million for the expansive renovation of Longfellow, Lyseth, Presumpscot, and Reiche elementary schools. But higher-than-expected construction costs...

Portland panel backs Baxter Woods leash law

Despite nearly an hour of pleas from dog owners to keep things as they are, the City Council's Sustainability and Transportation Committee advanced a...