News from April 26, 2013

April 26, 2013

Panel postpones probe into LePage labor meeting

The committee puts off ordering an investigation into the meeting with unemployment officers.

April 26, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Raid turns up pills, pot, 5-foot iguana, / Maine stalker with shoe camera sentenced / Waterville doctor cleared of malpractice on newborn ... and more news from around the state.

April 26, 2013

Feds OK limited reorganization of Maine job-training program

The feds rejected Gov. LePage's proposal to do away with four regional jobs-training boards, but approved a compromise.

April 27, 2013

Police check complaint about new Biddeford bar

 The chief says police got a report of an underage patron being served at the controversial new saloon, which is owned by a city councilor.

April 26, 2013

Customers tackle robber at N.H. bank

Police said he was tackled by two brothers who had noticed what was happening as they sat in the waiting area.

April 27, 2013

Families get glimpse of 'Whitey' Bulger at hearing Several photos included in this story

James "Whitey" Bulger His lawyers argue they should be able to present a trial defense claiming that a law enforcement official who has since died gave Bulger immunity from prosecution.

April 26, 2013

Old Orchard councilors now all facing recall

The three remaining councilors are notified that petitioners collected enough signatures.

April 27, 2013

Te’o, Smith highlight second-day picks

Manti Te'o San Diego moves up to draft Manti Te’o, and the Jets take West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.

April 26, 2013

Boston bombing survivor spotted suspect in crowd

Jeff Bauman Jr., who lost both legs and some of his hearing, said Tamerlan Tsarnaev 'struck me as odd' and Bauman described Tsarnaev to police.

April 26, 2013

Mosque that suspect attended hosts interfaith service

An assistant imam urges the community to come together in the Boston bombings' aftermath.

April 26, 2013

Man in poison letters case goes into hiding

Everett Dutschke had his home and former business searched in connection with the letters sent to President Obama and other leaders.

April 27, 2013

Maine Democrats offer deal on debt to hospitals

Gov. LePage blasts the proposal, which links repayment of the debt to an expansion of Medicaid.

April 26, 2013

Porpoise found stranded off Brunswick to be released

Noodle was treated for lungworm and gained 15 pounds during rehab.

April 26, 2013

Magazine ranks Limestone magnet school tops in Maine

Yarmouth High School places second in the U.S. News & World Report statewide ranking.

April 26, 2013

Jones called 'greatest country singer of all time'

'Heaven better get ready for some great country music,' said fellow country superstar Alan Jackson.

April 26, 2013

Down East Enterprise sells books division

The Rockport-based publisher will maintain control of Down East: The Magazine of Maine.

April 26, 2013

Pingree rules out run for governor in 2014

Her decision clears the way for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud or former Gov. John Baldacci to enter the race.

April 26, 2013

Former student indicted in Bangor stabbing death

A New York man is charged with killing Thomas Taylor outside an apartment building.

April 26, 2013

LePage signs bill shielding concealed-gun owners

The new law makes the names, addresses and birth dates of permit holders confidential.

April 26, 2013

Boston suspects' mother in terror database

She was tagged along with one of her sons after Russia contacted the CIA with concerns they might have militant leanings.

April 26, 2013

Bomb threat cancels after-school activities at Gorham Middle School

Gorham police and fire officials responded to the written threat at about 2 p.m. It’s not clear where the threat was written.

April 27, 2013

Army Corps solicits comments on Saco beach project

 Plans call for a 750-foot spur on the north jetty and trucking in 365,000 cubic yards of sand.

April 26, 2013

Maine revenue gap expected to worsen

Meanwhile, projections for the current fiscal year are up by $43 million, driven by income taxes.

April 26, 2013

Bath search yields pot plants, iguana

Two roommates face charges of possessing and growing marijuana.

April 26, 2013

Suspicious Kittery bag proves to be harmless

But the public response typifies the heightened vigilance since the Boston Marathon bombings.

April 26, 2013

Officials: Bomb suspects' parents received welfare

The suspects' parents, Anzor and Zubeidat, received food stamps from 2002-2004 and 2009-2011, and Tamerlan's wife also received them for a year.

April 26, 2013

Panel delays decision on investigating allegations against LePage

The governor allegedly pressured unemployment hearing officers to make more pro-business decisions.

April 26, 2013

Controllers to return after flight delays sway Congress

With President Obama's promised signature, the measure will erase one of the most stinging and publicly visible consequences of the budget cuts known as the sequester.

April 26, 2013

Stolen shelter puppy found in Sanford

The West Kennebunk shelter is working with police to charge a woman with stealing Walton.

April 26, 2013

Paintball incident: a threat to Maine senator?

Vandalism is investigated at Dutremble's home, following his key gun-control vote.

April 27, 2013

In Maine, GPS directs driver into deep water

En route to a job interview in Portland, a man must be rescued from a submerged Pontiac Grand Am in Lebanon.

April 26, 2013

Country music legend George Jones dies at 81 Several photos included in this story Video clip included

He had 143 Top 40 hits and won two Grammy Awards in a career that spanned six decades.

April 27, 2013

Urgency grows at Bangladesh factory Several photos included in this story

 Rescue workers find 19 more survivors in the rubble today as the death toll rises to 340.

April 26, 2013

Economy grew at 2.5% last quarter

But most economists say they think the GDP is slowing in the April-June quarter to 2 percent.

April 27, 2013

Plane lands on Maine Turnpike after engine failure Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Warden Dan Dufault sets the Cessna down in a surprisingly good place to land a plane.

April 26, 2013

Auburn police seek pizza shop robbery suspect

Police say a white man in his 20s walked into the Heathco's and Domino's pizza shops on Thursday evening and demanded money.

April 26, 2013

Military ramps up training for new breed of cyberwarriors

Students at the Army, Navy and Air Force academies are participating in elaborate cyberwarfare exercises as the military educates a generation of future commanders in the theory and practice of computer warfare.

April 27, 2013

Boston suspect moved; FBI searches landfill

An FBI spokesman would not say what investigators were looking for at the landfill near UMass-Dartmouth.

April 26, 2013

Maine woman charged with hitting 2 on bikes, fleeing scene

Police say the impact knocked both men to the ground and ripped off the passenger's side mirror and a cover off the car's bumper. The men, both of Sidney, were treated by rescuers for minor injuries.

April 26, 2013

Waterville doctor cleared of malpractice in baby's birth

Dr. Karen Bossie was accused of mishandling the delivery of a girl who suffered a nerve injury in one arm.

April 26, 2013

New law expands turkey hunt to Down East area

Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday signed into law a bill that allows a spring hunt in wildlife management district 27, which is located along the coast.

April 26, 2013

Maine murder suspect silent during first court appearance

Anthony Pratt, 19, is accused of fatally shooting 29-year-old Margarita Scott, whose body was found weeks later outside a Portland motel.

April 26, 2013

Maine Film Office updates crew listings for filmmakers

The online database includes Maine-based producers, camera operators, location scouts, costume designers, makeup artists and script supervisors.

April 26, 2013

Maine work force panel to visit Biddeford

The Joint Select Committee on Maine's Workforce and Economic Future will tour the city's North Dam mill development on Friday.

April 26, 2013

N.H. House tackles lead and loons

Foes fear tighter limits on fishing gear will hurt anglers and the lucrative tourism industry.

April 26, 2013

Bill cites cruelty, seeks to ban horse slaughter

 The plan also would prevent transport of horses through Maine to plants in Canada that would turn them into food.

April 26, 2013

Bangladesh disaster: Factories ignored order to evacuate

Bangladesh mourners The death toll climbs to 275 in the collapse of a building where cracks had been seen in the walls.

April 26, 2013

Motel, neighbors vie to buy buffer zone in South Portland

20130425_Motel Noyes Street homeowners will get the first chance to bid on the sliver of land owned by the city.

April 25, 2013

Dispatches

Man indicted in Bangor stabbing death / New law aims to stem youth suicides / House OKs bill to restore Drugs for the Elderly funding ... and other news from around the state.

April 26, 2013

Rx students to fight waste by tabulating unused drugs

More than 100 UNE pharmacy students have volunteered to catalog prescription drugs that will be collected Saturday in Belfast, Saco and Scarborough.

April 26, 2013

High-tech buoy helping scientists fight algae on lakes

The research on Great Pond in Belgrade will offer early notice of conditions that lead to the blooms.