News from April 10, 2013

April 10, 2013

N.H. group fights bill to allow casino in state

Gov. Hassan supports the gambling proposal and has included $80 million from it in her budget.

April 10, 2013

Winthrop police taser unruly driver four times

A Winthrop man is charged with multiple crimes after police say he hit vehicles, then tried to elude them.

April 10, 2013

Alcohol, speed suspected in fatal Woolwich crash

Sagadahoc County investigators say the victim's car went off the road before hitting a large pine tree.

April 10, 2013

Comeback: Weiner says he may run for NYC mayor

Two years after a Twitter scandal, is this a bold comeback attempt or the height of chutzpah?

April 12, 2013

Hermit didn't grow food, hunt or use fires

Christopher Knight proves to be an unlikely survivalist, having stolen for sustenance rather than hunt, fish or forage for the last 27 years.

April 10, 2013

Red Sox record sellout streak ends at 820 games

It was the longest sellout streak in major pro sports history.

April 11, 2013

LePage proposes $3 million school-oversight office

But the administration says it does not plan to take over failing schools, as mentioned in a document.

April 10, 2013

Nine years after loss, Nader fights Maine campaign tactics

His lawyer tells the Maine Supreme Court on Wednesday that ballot access for third-party candidates must be protected.

April 10, 2013

Biddeford home linked to murders is demolished

The property, once owned by convicted murderer Rory Holland, will become a city-owned park.

April 10, 2013

Exiting Whitehead 'disappointed,' but not surprised

The longtime UMaine hockey coach, who was let go Tuesday, says he's looking forward to being a full-time dad.

April 10, 2013

Corkum named interim head hockey coach at UMaine

Bob Corkum, a former Black Bear, has been an associate head coach under Tim Whitehead for five years. Whitehead was fired Tuesday.

April 10, 2013

Ted Nugent coming to Portland

Nugent, who performed last July on the Bangor waterfront, has booked an August show at Asylum in Portland.

April 10, 2013

Biddeford hires new high school principal

Jeremie Sirois will take over at Biddeford High School this summer.

April 11, 2013

Neighbor: Family believed 'North Pond Hermit' had run off to New York Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Christopher Knight may also have practiced for a year on his family's Albion property before disappearing into the Maine woods alone for 27 years.

April 10, 2013

Rockefeller impostor convicted of cold-case murder

Christian Gerhartsreiter is found guilty 28 years after newlyweds John and Linda Sohus disappeared.

April 10, 2013

LePage won't say whether he'd veto increase in minimum wage

The bill, which would incrementally raise the minimum wage to $9 per hour by 2016, won final House approval Tuesday. In the Senate, lawmakers are still working out the cost of the bill.

April 10, 2013

Deering names new head football coach

Scott Parsons has coached at Fordham University and other colleges.

April 10, 2013

President Obama's budget cuts debt, entitlements

As he strives for 'grand bargain,' the president's $3.8 trillion budget includes both Republican and Democratic ideas, which could anger everyone.

April 10, 2013

Maine may prove lifesaver for threatened bats

 At risk from fungus elsewhere, nine of 30 survive winter in Aroostook.

April 10, 2013

Collins, other Republicans to dine at White House on Wednesday

The president also called the Maine Republican on Tuesday as he lobbied potential swing-vote senators ahead of a Senate vote on gun-control measures.

April 11, 2013

Legislators pass bill to reopen river to alewives

If the governor signs the bill, the St. Croix blockade of the schooling fish could end immediately.

April 10, 2013

Postal Service retreats on eliminating Saturday mail

The agency's Board of Governors notes that Congress passed a spending bill that continues the long-time prohibition against reducing delivery days.

April 11, 2013

Hundreds of Mainers line up for housing assistance Several photos included in this story Video clip included

More than 700 people line up for the first chance in three years to get on a waiting list for federal housing subsidies.

April 10, 2013

Senators strike deal to strengthen gun-buyer background checks

The senators are among the most conservative members of their parties, which gives life to President Obama's proposals.

April 10, 2013

FairPoint to eliminate 90 jobs across Maine, N.H., Vt.

The company is unable to say yet how many jobs will be cut in Maine.

April 11, 2013

Berwick crash kills special-ed teacher Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Amy Harris' two young children also are injured, as is the other driver, an unidentified Biddeford boy.

April 10, 2013

Judge fines cruise line $1.3M for Concordia wreck

A division of Miami-based Carnival Corp. has sought to blame the disaster entirely on Capt. Francesco Schettino, who took the cruise ship off course and rammed it into a reef off the Tuscan island of Giglio on Jan. 13, 2012.

April 10, 2013

2 Texans plead not guilty to drug charges in Maine

They were among four people arrested in Hermon in January when authorities seized 18 pounds of the synthetic drug with a street value of more than $1.2 million.

April 10, 2013

Bangor police investigate stabbing death

Police say they responded to a report of a disturbance in a parking lot and found a man with apparent stab wounds.

April 10, 2013

N.H. flags to fly at half-staff for Thresher victims

The 278-foot-long submarine built at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard sank 50 years ago today, taking the lives of 129 Navy crew members and civilian technicians.

April 10, 2013

Portland event focuses on immigration reform

Maine business and labor leaders are gathering to highlight a recent agreement on a new visa program for guest workers.

April 10, 2013

Maine high court to hear appeal in Nader lawsuit

The lawsuit claims the Democratic Party and others used illegal and malicious tactics to try to keep him off the presidential ballot in Maine and other states in 2004.

April 10, 2013

AARP-Maine appoints state president

In the volunteer role, Rich Livingston will serve as a leader and spokesman for more than 230,000 AARP members in Maine.

April 10, 2013

Concert review: Carrie Underwood blows away Maine crowd

A flying stage, a soaring voice and a pleasing persona transport Tuesday night's crowd to exciting new heights.

April 10, 2013

Maine police chiefs push for stronger gun laws

Two current chiefs and a former one join other law enforcement officials in D.C. to lobby for controls.

April 10, 2013

Pilot texting contributed to fatal helicopter crash

Officials probing the accident approve a safety alert cautioning all pilots about distracting devices.

April 10, 2013

Scientists listening for dark matter, deep in the Earth

 The trick is to capture a dark matter particle among the hail of other bombarding cosmic stuff.

April 10, 2013

Intrepid rescuer ends blind Maine dog's three-day flight

It takes a village – and Facebook, a cellphone and Google Earth – to bring them both home.

April 10, 2013

Portland, S. Portland, Westbrook put housing applicants on unified list

A housing official says a single waiting list means applicants will not have to travel to each city to apply for subsidized housing.

April 10, 2013

Portland's Salt Institute up against big schools in Web contest

"It's a really big deal," says Salt's executive director, Donna Galluzzo. "It's like the Oscars of the Web design world."

April 10, 2013

Obama sends Congress $3.77 trillion spending plan

But instead of moving Congress nearer a "grand bargain," Obama's proposals have managed to anger both Republicans, who are upset by higher taxes, and Democrats upset with cuts to Social Security benefits.

April 9, 2013

Public to consider high-crash intersection options in Westbrook

While the transportation department eyes left-turn lanes or a roundabout, some call for a traffic light.

April 10, 2013

Bipartisan deal on background checks is close

Joe Manchin The Senate's top Democrat has set Congress' first showdown vote for Thursday on President Obama's gun-control drive