News from March 14, 2013

March 15, 2013

Aide contacted talk shows on LePage gun-rights stand

The emails to Fox News and conservative talk-show host Howie Carr show that the administration saw political opportunity in the backlash over requests for public gun data.

March 14, 2013

Welker: No hard feelings toward Patriots

"As free agency kind of went on, I kind of got the feeling that it was time to start looking for other opportunities," said New England's all-time leading receiver.

March 14, 2013

Delay in lynx recovery plan spurs federal lawsuit

Thirteen years after the government listed Canada lynx as a threatened species, advocates asked a judge Thursday to force the government to finish its long-awaited rescue plan.

March 14, 2013

Maine workers' comp insurer will not raise rates

MEMIC could raise rates by 3.9 percent, but it decided against it. "This is the right thing for us to do at this time," its president said.

March 16, 2013

Judge issues no ruling in baby manslaughter case Several photos included in this story

It could be weeks before a judge decides whether 11-year-old girl Kelli Murphy is competent to stand trial.

March 14, 2013

Hearing could determine whether 11-year-old goes on trial

 The Maine girl is charged with killing 3-month-old Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway, and a judge will determine in private if she understands the severity of the charges against her.

March 14, 2013

Cape Elizabeth employees barred from using chewing tobacco

Town Councilors unanimously voted Monday to extend a smoke-free workplace policy to all tobacco products.

March 14, 2013

Gorham schools budget would cut staff, raise taxes

Superintendent Ted Sharp presented his proposed $33.3 million budget to the School Committee on Wednesday.

March 14, 2013

Gorham man gets 8 years for molesting children

 He pleaded guilty to molesting three children at his second home on Sebago Lake last summer.

March 14, 2013

Boston Phoenix to cease publication; Portland Phoenix to continue

The weekly has faced 'significant financial losses,' its publisher says, and, along with a radio station the company owns, is 'no longer sustainable.'

March 14, 2013

Bill would increase Maine minimum wage to $8.50

Opponents warned that increases would have a damaging effect on the economy that would hurt everyone.

March 15, 2013

Out with laptops, in with iPads? Maine schools mull switch

The iPads are cheaper, but some have concerns about functionality issues, including the difficulty of writing at length using touch screens.

March 14, 2013

Pope's partial lung shouldn't affect duties

 The pontiff underwent surgery as a young man to remove "a good part" of an infected lung, and "he's a little bit slowed by it," his biographer says.

March 15, 2013

Vilsack: Good nutrition key to kids', nation's well-being Video clip included

The U.S. agriculture secretary visits Portland to promote proper diet and exercise for young people. "They've got to be on top of their game."

March 14, 2013

Maine bill would allow single-gender classrooms

A Sanford school says keeping boys and girls separate can improve education, but the ACLU says it's unconstitutional and reinforces stereotypes.

March 14, 2013

LeGage resigns as Deering High basketball coach

Dan LeGage has resigned as Deering High boys' basketball coach after 11 seasons and two Class A state championships.

March 15, 2013

Maine plan takes action to address Alzheimer's

The plan calls on state agencies, local businesses and philanthropic groups to make Alzheimer's a priority.

March 14, 2013

General signup for Beach to Beacon 10K set for Friday

In 2012, online registration for the general public was open for just five minutes before all 4,000 slots were filled.

March 14, 2013

Special Maine panel unveils proposals for closing 'skills gap'

The group puts forth a package of bills seeking $11 million for job training.

March 14, 2013

LePage backtracks, will sign St. Pat's early-opening bill

The governor says he will sign the bill that he called "garbage" after it receives bipartisan support in the Legislature.

March 14, 2013

Assault weapons ban joins gun-control bills up for Senate vote Video clip included

Democrats win committee approval, but the proposal faces an uphill battle before the full Senate.

March 14, 2013

Court removes judge from Bulger trial

A federal appeals court finds that the judge's background as a former federal prosecutor could create the appearance of bias against the reputed gangster.

March 14, 2013

Boston man goes to trial in death of Maine woman

Amos "Ace" Don is charged with the August 2009 shooting of Erica Field, 29, of Lewiston, Maine, in a drug-related killing in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.

March 14, 2013

Patriots replace Welker with Danny Amendola

In 2010-11, Amendola led the NFL with 2,364 all-purpose yards, but he's struggled to stay healthy for entire seasons.

March 15, 2013

Pope Francis breaks with tradition, style and formality Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Pope Francis The clear message: He's different from Benedict

March 14, 2013

Maine faces a dilemma as deaths top births

The phenomenon, which could have implications for the economy, is in its second year and verging on a trend.

March 14, 2013

McAuley's Clement named Gatorade basketball player of the year

The 5-foot-8 junior point guard led the Lions (22-0) to their third straight Class A state title earlier this month.

March 14, 2013

Is it a Higgs boson or isn't it?

The subatomic particle that may be key to understanding the creation of the universe has long been elusive.

March 14, 2013

Bangor MD to settle claims for improper Medicaid/Medicare billing

Dr. Robert Grover had informed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services there were problems in billings at his women's health care clinics.

March 14, 2013

Study: Radiation for breast cancer can harm hearts

The study reveals that the potential harm from radiation runs deeper than many medical experts may have realized, especially for women who already have cardiac risk factors such as diabetes.

March 14, 2013

On edge at times, Newtown school tries to cope

"There are reactions to noises, doors slamming, things being dropped have a strong startled response," says Superintendent Janet Robinson. "We're really just trying to have the whole school be as calm as possible."

March 14, 2013

Jury deliberating in ax and cleaver attack case

A Franklin County jury is scheduled to continue deliberating today in the case of Brian Sweeney and Shari Dupree, both charged in connection with the alleged attack last April.

March 14, 2013

Poll finds attitudes shifting among working moms

The shift toward full-time work in the Pew poll coincides with the recession and may have less to do with career ambitions than with financial realities.

March 14, 2013

Sen. King holds videoconference with Fairfield students

U.S. Sen. Angus King speaks with students at Lawrence High School via an experimental videoconferencing format, urging students and educators to embrace 21st century-style learning.

March 14, 2013

Fire at Vt. game bird farm kills 20,000 quails

More than a dozen fire departments responded to the blaze at Cavendish Game Birds, the largest producer of Coturnix quails in New England.

March 14, 2013

US agriculture secretary speaks in Portland about nutrition

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will underscore the importance of proper nutrition and physical activity for the nation's children and for military readiness.

March 14, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Former teacher changes plea, will avoid jail time / Falmouth off-ramp to turnpike to be closed 3 weeks / Fatal fire blamed on careless use of smoking materials ... and more news from around the state.

March 14, 2013

Colorado Legislature moves ahead with new gun laws



March 14, 2013

Lawmakers reject sale of AMHI houses

 The bill aimed at moving patients out of residential areas would have cost the state $2 million a year.

March 14, 2013

Crackdown urged on Jamaican scammers who hit Mainers Video clip included

Sen. Collins helps organize a hearing to draw attention to the thefts from senior citizens, including nearly 200 cases in Maine.

March 14, 2013

Maine Catholics impressed by new pope's 'humility'

 The election of Spanish-speaking Pope Francis is met with excitement and optimism for the church.