News from March 18, 2013

March 19, 2013

Republican leaders: Get rid of Maine caucus

A new report recommends that states like Maine switch to presidential primaries in hopes of involving more voters.

March 19, 2013

Interested parties back Maine work-force investments

The $11 million bill seeks funding for current and new initiatives to increase training for workers.

March 19, 2013

Settlement clears name of charity run's founder

 John Mixon is awarded an undisclosed financial settlement over 'unfounded' claims that he mishandled Run for the Fallen finances.

March 19, 2013

Strong start expected for Maine eel fishing

 Last year, the price reached unprecedented levels. Ultimately, the catch was worth $38 million – an average of just under $2,000 a pound

March 18, 2013

Ice climber upgraded after 70-foot fall in NH

Officials say Eric Scoville fell about 70 feet while climbing alone and un-roped at Frankenstein Cliffs.

March 18, 2013

Maine Lottery drops 'Kwikies' marketing scheme

Some retailers and consumers were concerned that the name was "sexual in nature."

March 19, 2013

Court: Brothers used illegal workers at Maine restaurants

The practices occurred at the Fajita Grill in Westbrook and the Cancun Mexican restaurants in Biddeford and Waterville.

March 18, 2013

UMaine trustees grant tenure to 25 faculty

The board granted tenure to faculty from six of the seven universities, and approved an additional $1 million for a project at UMaine's Memorial Gym.

March 18, 2013

Sheriff's office investigates Boothbay home invasion

One of the victims suffers facial injuries after three suspects make off with cash and jewelry.

March 18, 2013

Maine inmate on trial in death of fellow inmate

Prosecutors say Franklin Higgins struck the man with a vice clamp in the prison workshop on May 24, 2011.

March 18, 2013

Defense: Verdicts in Zumba trial not valid

Lawyers for Mark Strong Sr. says prosecutors never spelled out specifically how Strong's actions promoted prostitution.

March 18, 2013

York County police search for man who fled in handcuffs

Police say Kevin Lawlor, 31, of Standish got out of a cruiser and ran, his hands still cuffed behind his back.

March 19, 2013

FBI: We've solved $500 million Boston art heist

But the thieves can't be prosecuted, it says. It's also offering a $5 million reward for help finding the famous artworks.

March 19, 2013

Small blaze doused on USS Miami

It's the same nuclear sub that sustained $400 million in damage in an arson last spring.

March 18, 2013

Repairs to USS Miami in Maine now uncertain

Workers at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard plan a rally Wednesday against federal cuts that could cause the Navy to cancel the repairs.

March 18, 2013

Panel delays decision on surcharges for Maine lobster licenses

State and lobster industry officials have said the surcharges are sorely needed to boost marketing of lobsters.

March 18, 2013

Maine liquor chief: Up-front fee would cost us

Any bidder would be able to charge for the use of his $200 million, state legislators are told.

March 19, 2013

Best Chef finalist a 'Primo' example of farm to table

The chef/owner of Primo is the only James Beard Award nominee from Maine this year.

March 18, 2013

Maine 'skills gap' bill gets favorable reviews at hearing

While LD 90 gets broad support, the Committee on Maine's Workforce and Economic Future has not yet identified how the state would pay for the various initiatives.

March 18, 2013

Firefighters' quick response helps save Oakland business

A large tree branch fell on wires attached to the building at 85 Water St. and caused an electrical fire Sunday at Oakland Redemption & Discount Beverage.

March 18, 2013

Clinton joins other Dems in backing gay marriage Video clip included

In an online video, she says that gays and lesbians are "full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship."

March 20, 2013

Spring arrives, but it rides in with a bluster Several photos included in this story

 Portland could hit the 100-inch mark for snow this season, as a late-season storm slams Maine.

March 18, 2013

Supreme court rejects appeal over music downloads

A Minnesota woman must pay record companies $222,000 for the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted music.

March 18, 2013

Maine posts 7.3% January unemployment rate

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated 51,700 people in Maine were unemployed in January, down 600 over the year.

March 18, 2013

Obama nominates Justice official to top Labor slot

If confirmed, Thomas Perez would take over several major proposed initiatives, including an overhaul of immigration laws and an increase in the minimum wage.

March 18, 2013

Old Orchard Beach mobile home heavily damaged by fire

No one was injured in the Monday morning fire.

March 18, 2013

Donated painting turns out to be Rembrandt self-portrait

The portrait of the artist wearing a cap with a large white feather was long thought to have been done by one of Rembrandt's pupils.

March 18, 2013

Weapons, explosives found in dorm on Fla. campus

University police were called to the dorm around 12:20 a.m. after a fire alarm went off. While they were on their way to the scene, a 911 call came in about a man with a gun.

March 18, 2013

Charges against adults still possible in Ohio rape case

The head football coach and the owners of a house where an infamous 12-minute video was filmed could still be investigated.

March 18, 2013

11-year-old Mass. girl shot outside sneaker store

The girl was hit in the leg and taken to the hospital. She is expected to survive.

March 18, 2013

2 inmates escape from Quebec jail in helicopter

Quebec provincial police have tracked down the helicopter and captured one of the inmates.

March 18, 2013

Nobel winner to deliver Maine law school lecture

Leymah Gbowee of Liberia will deliver the University of Maine School of Law's second annual Justice for Women Lecture.

March 18, 2013

Maine gas prices falling slowly

Current prices in Maine are a little more than a nickel lower than a month ago.

March 18, 2013

Monitoring your kids on Facebook? That's so 2009.

The smartest apps now enable kids to chat informally with select groups of friends without bumping up against texting limits and without being monitored by parents, coaches and college admissions officers.

March 18, 2013

Heavy snow making its way to northern New England

The National Weather Service says the snow is expected to start late Monday and pick up overnight.

March 18, 2013

Recycling costs on the rise in central, western Maine towns

The Sandy River Recycling Association, which serves 18 towns, will be increasing its fees, in some cases doubling them.

March 18, 2013

Ex-Oklahoma star QB killed in plane crash Video clip included

Steve Davis led Oklahoma to back-to-back national championships in the 1970s.

March 18, 2013

NH House to vote on decriminalizing marijuana

Under the bill, possession of less than an ounce could still be fined up to $100 and those under 18 could be required to attend drug rehabilitation classes.

March 18, 2013

Rockefeller impostor on trial for murder

The prosecution's case is circumstantial, based on a bag of bones and fuzzy memories of San Marino, Calif., residents who knew the defendant.

March 18, 2013

Turnpike's Falmouth spur project starts today

The southbound ramp leading from the turnpike to the spur is scheduled to close for about three weeks beginning today.

March 18, 2013

UMaine trustees to meet today; tenure on agenda

Twenty-five faculty members from across the state are being considered for tenure.

March 18, 2013

Foul play isn't suspected in man's death at Motel 6

Police say the man was a transient who was a guest at the motel but had not been living there on a long-term basis.

March 18, 2013

Boston booms as young workers say no to suburbs

 Developers financed with cheap debt are seeking to profit from a growing work force

March 18, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Windham police looking for would-be Shaw's robber / Maine securities regulators warn about online scheme . . . and more Maine news.

March 18, 2013

Litchfield: Ballots deserve a human touch

 Town officials turn down a free vote-tabulating machine and opt to keep hand-counting.

March 18, 2013

Ohio judge sentences teenagers for rape

Now a grand jury will look into charges against others who received videos and texts but didn’t tell police.

March 18, 2013

Former speaker opposes N.H. Medicaid expansion

Republican Rep. William O'Brien says the governor's plan is too costly and overreaching.

March 18, 2013

Corrections officer's actions to be reviewed

 A legislative committee wants to ensure that use of restraints and pepper spray are the exception.

March 18, 2013

Mother credits neighbor with saving family in Jay fire

 Kevin Moras alerted the third-floor tenant and helped her and two children escape.

March 18, 2013

AG disagrees with LePage over funding shift