Maine News

Maine Approves Decrease in WC Loss Costs; $3.5M in Savings Expected

Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa announced last week that the state’s Bureau of Insurance has received, reviewed and approved the National Council on Compensation Insurance’s 2013 loss cost filing proposing a premium decrease of 1.8 percent; resulting in a cumulative …

Earthquake in Maine Rattles New England States

The earthquake that rattled southern Maine was felt in New England states as far away as Connecticut, but caused no apparent damage or injuries. Patrons of a pizza parlor near the epicenter of Tuesday’s quake didn’t know what was going …

French Fries Spark Apartment Blaze in Maine

Fire investigators say a woman making a late night snack of french fries sparked a fire in a Pittsfield, Maine, apartment building that left 12 people homeless. The fire, which started last Saturday night, began when a woman in a …

Maine Motorcycle Death Total Up; 20 Fatalities So Far This Year

The Maine Public Safety Department says the number of motorcycle deaths on the state’s highways is outpacing last year’s figure. The state’s highway death toll so far this year as of Sept. 23 stands at 120, with 20 of those …

Ex-Maine Cheerleader Sues School for Injury Suffered During Practice

A former Poland Regional High School cheerleader has sued her coach and the school district for head injuries she says she received during practice. Olivia Doyer of Mechanic Falls and her parents, Douglas and Roxanne Doyer, filed the lawsuit Tuesday …

Maine State Worker Guilty of Workers Comp Fraud

A state Transportation Department worker has been convicted of stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of workers compensation benefits by doing strenuous activities at his home when he was supposedly too hurt to work. Clinton Ashby III of Pembroke was found …

Maine Regulator Highlights New App That Helps Motorists in Accidents

Maine’s top insurance regulator is highlighting a new mobile application that can help motorists take the guesswork out of auto accidents. Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa said this week that a new “WreckCheck” mobile application from the National Association of …

3 Maine Agencies Included in State’s Annual ‘Best Places to Work’ List

Three independent insurance agencies in Maine have made the state’s seventh annual “Best Places to Work in Maine” list. The list is published by the Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management. It recognizes 42 local businesses …

Report: OSHA Fines Maine Company in Worker’s Death

A news report says an Augusta, Maine, construction company has been cited for violations and fined in the death of an employee after a house collapsed. Morning Sentinel reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Kennebec Home Improvements …

Number of Highway Deaths in Maine Up 50% Over Last Year

Public safety officials say the number of highway deaths in Maine is up 50 percent over last year.The Bureau of Highway Safety says 97 people have died on Maine roads so far this year as of last Friday, August 10. …