News from March 12, 2013

March 12, 2013

Windham-Raymond school switch proposed

The superintendent asks parents if they would be willing to send their kids to a less crowded school.

March 13, 2013

Hospital payment compromise elusive

Lawmakers and LePage make progress but not enough to get the governor to begin signing bills.

March 12, 2013

South Portland elects a new city councilor

Michael Pock wins the vacant District 1 seat by two votes.

March 12, 2013

Scouts survey members on whether to keep gay ban

The questionnaire uses fictional situations to discern where Scouting's membership falls on questions of homosexuality.

March 12, 2013

Maine hospitals: Repayments 'a huge issue'

Capital projects are on hold and layoffs loom as facilities await Medicaid reimbursements.

March 13, 2013

Police say Augusta man threw bleach in woman's face

An Augusta man has been arrested after he allegedly impersonated a police officer and proceeded to heave bleach into a woman's face, police said.

March 12, 2013

To mayor, NYC soda ruling just 'temporary setback'

The city lost no time Tuesday getting started on the next round of the fight after a judge nixed the first-of-its-kind regulation.

March 12, 2013

Staff cuts possible as USM looks to trim $5 million

'We're going to be making some tough decisions' on next year's budget, USM's president says.

March 12, 2013

After death, X Games ends best trick events

Seven weeks after a tragedy on the snowmobile course marred the Winter X Games, ESPN has decided to scrap the best trick competition.

March 12, 2013

First Eimskip ship to arrive in Portland on Wednesday

The 416-foot-long container ship Reykjafoss is scheduled to arrive in Portland harbor at 4 p.m. on Wednesday to deliver containers and truck chassis.

March 12, 2013

Maine Turnpike re-opens northbound lanes

A northbound section of th Turnpike, between West Gardiner and Augusta, has reopened after police shut the road down to remove vehicles that had crashed.

March 12, 2013

Maine attempted murder suspect charged in NH armed robbery

Ronald Baker was charged with attempted murder for an incident in Lebanon, Maine, on Jan. 8.

April 2, 2013

Portland school budget hike of 5 percent proposed

Catch-up pay raises and cost shifting account for more than $3 million of the $8 million in cost increases.

March 12, 2013

Newcastle felon arrested for possession of guns, ammo

Robert Wallace, a convicted felon, is taken into custody without incident.

March 12, 2013

Alleged shooter in Colorado massacre pleads not guilty

James Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding 70 others during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in July.

March 12, 2013

Longtime Portland eatery to close

The Oriental Table on Exchange Street is expected to close at the end of March, and its future is uncertain.

March 12, 2013

Pair pleads guilty in Maine pharmacy robberies

A Maine man and a Canadian woman have pleaded guilty to robbing a pharmacy in Newport twice.

March 12, 2013

Old Orchard Beach residents look to recall officials

 Town councilors meet in closed session as an effort starts to oust the four who 'voted to terminate a good manager.'

March 13, 2013

Big push for gun-data shield at Maine hearing Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Supporters seek privacy protection for concealed weapons-permit holders, but critics fear that public oversight of officials will be compromised.

March 12, 2013

Twinkies buyers: Snacks will return 'by this summer'

Hostess, based in Texas, shut down its plants and stopped making food in November following years of financial struggles.

March 12, 2013

St. Patrick's Day early-opening bill stalls in Maine House

Republicans say the bill, which would allow bars to open three hours earlier this Sunday, is representative of Democrats' misplaced legislative priorities.

March 12, 2013

Portland Harbor Hotel's Ice Bar raises $18K

The beneficiaries are The Trauma Intervention Program of Portland, the Root Cellar, and Share Our Strength of Southern Maine.

March 12, 2013

Cape Elizabeth High wins state chess title again

The team will go on to represent the state in a national tournament.

March 12, 2013

Windham-Raymond superintendent to present $40M budget

Superintendent Sandy Prince will present his proposed budget to the school board on Wednesday.

March 13, 2013

Maine bill would limit ammo magazines to 10 bullets

The proposal faces a fight from gun-rights advocates.

March 12, 2013

Report: Federal health care funds would help Maine

The report says the funds would provide health coverage to as many as 69,500 Mainers, create 3,100 new jobs and stimulate more than $350 million in economic activity.

March 12, 2013

Maine officials to release plan to address dementia issues

More than 37,000 Mainers have Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to grow to 53,000 by 2020.

March 12, 2013

Colo. Legislature approves civil unions for same-sex couples

The vote punctuates a dramatic political shift in Colorado, where voters approved a gay-marriage ban seven years ago. The measure is expected to be signed by the governor.

March 12, 2013

Maine filmmaker to show work at Tribeca

Ryan Spindell, from Portland, was co-director of a film called "The Root of the Problem," which will be shown as part of the festival's short film lineup.

March 12, 2013

Reduced bail denied in alleged Portland gang rape Video clip included

After an attorney for one of the accused men claims the sex was consensual, the judge keeps the bail at $200,000.

March 12, 2013

Police link body found in home to I-95 suicide

Officials did not reveal the connection between the two men and said the details of the case are complicated.

March 12, 2013

Hearing on concealed-carry bill pits Maine sportsmen, ACLU

A big crowd is expected at the 1 p.m. legislative hearing on a bill to permanently shield data on concealed-weapon permits from public inspection.

March 12, 2013

Chicago infant shot 5 times dies; dad in critical condition

Authorities say the father and daughter were shot while he was changing her diaper.

March 12, 2013

US intelligence official: North Korea poses serious threat Video clip included

The sober assessment comes as the communist regime announced that it was "completely scrapping" the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War.

March 12, 2013

New cyber medal production stopped, being reviewed

Lawmakers and veterans have complained that the medal was ranked above medals for those who served on the front line in harm's way, such as the Purple Heart given to wounded troops.

March 12, 2013

NY man sentenced in Maine for counterfeit money

Jamal Bradberry, 36, is sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay $13,000 in restitution.

March 12, 2013

5 US troops die in helicopter crash in Afghanistan Video clip included

The NATO military coalition said in a statement that "initial reports" showed no enemy activity in the area at the time.

March 12, 2013

Maine, NH shipyard workers bracing for cuts

In order to meet required budget cuts, the Department of Defense is telling civilian workers they must take 22 furlough days over the next six months.

March 12, 2013

Senators questioning new medal for cyber fighters

The proposed Distinguished Warfare Medal would rank ahead of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

March 12, 2013

Colo. judge enters not guilty plea for Holmes

The says James Holmes, 25, can change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity later, if he chooses.

March 12, 2013

New center offers help for dogs consumed by fear

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals opens its first Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in New Jersey to treat dogs that have been freed from puppy mills or otherwise abused.

March 12, 2013

U.S. Senate panel ready to OK gun background checks

The Senate Judiciary Committee is also considering a ban on assault weapons and an increase in federal aid for school security.

March 12, 2013

2 Augusta area women face cocaine trafficking charges

Two women, Shenika Boyd, 33, of Manchester, and Kathy Tupper, 48, of Augusta, are facing cocaine trafficking charges after Maine Drug Enforcement Agents conducted property searches on Friday.

March 12, 2013

Winslow Homer studio to open for tours April 2

The studio overlooking the ocean is where Homer produced some of this most notable work.

March 12, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Day care operator’s spouse faces sex abuse charges / Man arrested in robbery of downtown Dunkin Donuts / Deering chess team wins its championship division

March 12, 2013

Black smoke from chapel chimney: No pope yet Several photos included in this story

The cardinals held the first day of the conclave today deeply divided over the problems of the church and who best could fix them.

March 12, 2013

Feature obituary: Nancy Roberge, 68, longtime SMMC nurse



March 12, 2013

Plan to preserve Langlais property, art takes shape Several photos included in this story

 It includes a sculpture park at the late Maine artist's Cushing estate, and giving much of his work to nonprofits.

March 12, 2013

Portland developer seeks flexibility in height restriction

 The four proposed towers in Bayside could each be 165 feet tall in a zone where maximum height now is 125 feet.

March 12, 2013

Many expected to testify on Maine gun-permit data bill

Extra rooms are reserved for the 1 p.m. hearing on the bill to ensure permit-holders' confidentiality.

March 12, 2013

Rough seas uncover shipwreck in York Several photos included in this story

 Little is known about the boat – believed to be at least 160 years old – including how it ended up buried in the sand.

March 12, 2013

Portland-area residents: No tar-sands pipeline Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Most of the people who filled a workshop Monday express fears that include a greater risk of fouled waterways and polluted air.