News from April 5, 2013

April 5, 2013

Protesters rally against Maine marijuana dispensary Video clip included

Demonstrators say that a recent consent agreement between the firm and the state didn't go far enough.

April 5, 2013

Revised school plan would limit Portland tax hike

A public hearing on the $98 million budget will be held Tuesday. It goes to Portland voters May 14.

April 6, 2013

Gay or straight, marriage is budgetary challenge

20130405_Wedding Maine couples cut corners where they can to emphasize things that are important to them.

April 5, 2013

Tugboat helping damaged ship stay fixed at pier

Crews are inspecting damage to the Harbour Feature after it hit the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.

April 5, 2013

Red Claws beat BayHawks, stay in playoff hunt

Chris Wright scored 23 points and Omar Reed added 20 as the Maine Red Claws remained alive for a D-League playoff spot Friday night.

April 5, 2013

Scott Brown hints at run for New Hampshire seat

Scott Brown The former Massachusetts senator, who was defeated by Elizabeth Warren, owns a home on the Seacoast.

April 5, 2013

Invasive beetle confirmed in NH

 An invasive beetle that has beleaguered 18 other states including Massachusetts and Connecticut has made its way to New Hampshire.

April 5, 2013

Augusta man pleads guilty in Rite Aid standoff

Dylan Karczewski robbed the Augusta Rite store before locking himself inside the bathroom.

April 5, 2013

Vermont bill would let immigrant workers drive

 The state Senate advanced a proposal to let farm workers drive, even if they are there illegally.

April 5, 2013

B.good burger franchise coming to Portland

The new restaurant will serve fast food-style burgers with local ingredients – or, as its motto says, “food made by people, not factories.”

April 5, 2013

Whistleblower sues Rutgers in abusive coach case

Eric Murdock made public the video that led to the basketball coach's dismissal and the athletic director's resignation.

April 5, 2013

Red Sox sellout run will likely end after 10 years

Although Monday's home opener against Baltimore is sold out, an embarrassing 2012 has the longest streak in baseball in jeopardy.

April 5, 2013

Snowe announces support for same-sex marriage

The former Republican senator acknowledges a sea change in society's attitude on the issue.

April 5, 2013

Panel proposes compromise on Maine liquor contract

The committee hopes to craft a new bill that would repay the state's hospital debt using liquor revenue while garnering bipartisan support.

April 5, 2013

FAA delays closing of airport control towers

The Federal Aviation Administration said it needs more time to deal with legal challenges to the closures.

April 5, 2013

N. Korea warns embassies it can't guarantee safety Video clip included

North Korea tells embassies in Pyongyang they may want to evacuate their staff, Russia's top diplomat said Friday.

April 5, 2013

Maine mayors to unveil $85M bond request Monday

The bond package, which would need legislative approval before going to voters, would fund education, research and development, transportation and environmental initiatives.

April 5, 2013

Rutgers basketball scandal brings down AD Pernetti

Rutgers' coaching scandal spiraled deeper Friday, bringing down the popular athletic director and a school vice president while donors threatened to end contributions.

April 5, 2013

Ash borer may have found its way to NH

The Emerald Ash Borer has killed millions of ash trees nationwide since being discovered in Michigan in 2002.

April 5, 2013

LePage signs bill to change domestic-violence programs

The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Emily Cain, D-Orono, directs the Maine Department of Corrections to establish new standards for the state's batterer-intervention programs.

April 5, 2013

Maine delegation urges no shift cuts for Bangor airport

A letter calls upon the FAA to keep the airport air traffic control tower open around the clock.

April 6, 2013

Funding reductions force MPBN layoffs

Up to 10 employees will lose their jobs as state and federal money is cut; 'Maine Watch' is going on hiatus.

April 5, 2013

Gorham kids collect one million tabs for suffering families

The donation, worth about $430, is the culmination of a seven-year effort by students in Sheila McAtee's math classes.

April 5, 2013

Vt. House approves ban on wild boar

Rep. Jim McCullough says wild hogs are an invasive species, reproduce rapidly and are known to cause significant damage

April 5, 2013

Federal judge makes morning-after pill available to all

The morning-after pill currently is available without a prescription only to those 17 and older who can prove their age. Younger teens must get a prescription.

April 5, 2013

U.S. adds only 88,000 jobs, but rate drops to 7.6%

The unemployment rate fell only because more people stopped looking for work, and government cuts will likely hurt more companies with federal contracts in the coming months.

April 5, 2013

Pearson files lawsuit to get OOB job back

Mwanwhile, campaigns to recall all seven Old Orchard Beach town councilors make their final push.

April 5, 2013

Obama seeks deal, proposes cuts to Social Security

Seeking an elusive middle ground, the president makes proposals that will anger both Republicans and Democrats.

April 5, 2013

Shop that sold gun to Newtown mom loses license

Authorities raided the store for undisclosed reasons shortly after the December school shootings in which Adam Lanza killed 20 first-graders and six adults.

April 5, 2013

Father of 4th-grade Mass. rapper cleared of abuse

Videos of the boy dancing suggestively in nightclubs with grown women and rapping about drugs drew international outrage.

April 5, 2013

Lewiston woman: Coat protected me from knife

Adut Adong suffered a gash on her cheek in the attack just after midnight Thursday.

April 5, 2013

NC hospital's new slogan pledges to 'cheat death'

Not everyone likes the new slogan.

April 5, 2013

Former Mass. Sen. Brown not ruling out run in NH

"New Hampshire's like a second home. I was born at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. . . Have a house here. Been a taxpayer for 20 years."

April 5, 2013

Seasoned combat leader takes over Africa Command

Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez served two tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan, including as the No. 2 commander of coalition forces during the 2010 U.S. troop surge.

April 5, 2013

Maine jail cracks down on banana peel smoking

Lt. Jeff Chute of the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn says the peel smoking has been a problem for six or eight months.

April 5, 2013

China kills market birds after flu found in pigeons

Health officials believe people are contracting the virus through direct contact with infected fowl and say there has been no evidence so far that the virus is spreading easily between people.

April 5, 2013

Search crews recount dramatic Calif. hiker rescue

18-year-old Kyndall Jack, who had been missing since Sunday, had no shoes, was having trouble breathing and was severely disoriented from dehydration when she was found Thursday.

April 5, 2013

LePage honors six Teacher of the Year finalists

Gov. Paul LePage and Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen honored the group at a State House ceremony Thursday.

April 5, 2013

Colby College reaches carbon neutral goal

Colby officials say the school has cut emissions by about two-thirds in the past decade.

April 5, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Man gets 10 years for trying to hire killer / Portland voters will vote May 14 on school budget / Poll: Mainers support background checks for guns ... and more news from around the state.

April 5, 2013

Blood tests needed for Maine inmate's cause of death

 As an autopsy is done on the diabetic 35-year-old man, a state official says prisoners get regular health care from a new vendor.

April 5, 2013

Most Americans say pot should be legal, poll finds

The government should not enforce federal drug laws in states where pot is legal, respondents say.

April 5, 2013

Bill Nemitz: A physician tries to heal the violence

He's 78 now – an age when most successful surgeons are enjoying the good life. But not Bob McAfee . . .

April 4, 2013

Bowdoin tennis team sanctioned for unspecified hazing

The men's tennis team will forfeit four games and miss postseason play after 'a case of poor judgement.'

April 5, 2013

Tax credit bill for low-income Mainers clears Senate

A party-line vote sends the proposal to a joint legislative committee.