News from March 22, 2013

March 22, 2013

Palmyra couple plead not guilty in alleged arson

 The pair are charged with setting a fire that damaged their home in Palmyra five years ago.

March 22, 2013

Lawmaker proposes relief for Northeast fishermen

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's bill is co-sponsored by six Democrats plus Sen. Angus King of Maine.

March 22, 2013

Maine student treated after school bus runs over foot

The boy was retrieving a musical instrument from a storage bin under the bus as the driver pulled away.

March 22, 2013

Feature obituary: Charles Tarkinson, 91, first WMTW news anchor

Mr. Tarkinson rose to success from humble beginnings. He grew up in Lowell, the son of Armenian immigrants, and didn't learn English until he was five.

March 23, 2013

Lawyer protests high bail for accused Mass. nanny

Aisling McCarthy Brady Prosecutors say they expect to bring more serious charges in the death of an infant.

March 23, 2013

Maine panel: Raise minimum wage to $8 in 2014

But the 8-5 vote engineered by Democrats will face a challenge in the Legislature and could be vetoed by Gov. Paul LePage.

March 22, 2013

Old Orchard cancels meeting to pick interim manager

Town Clerk Kim McLaughlin said the council did not receive background information on candidates in time for the meeting.

March 22, 2013

Harvard's 1st NCAA win brings 'unexpected pride'

Students shouting on planes. The school president watching in South Korea. Joy on social media: Harvard University officially has basketball fever.

March 22, 2013

Maine hunters take 13 percent more deer

Officials said the larger numbers provide further evidence that the state's deer herd is recovering following harsh winters in 2008 and 2009.

March 22, 2013

New Gloucester crash creates headache for evening commute

Route 100 in New Gloucester is likely to be closed for four to five hours after a car collided with a utility pole.

March 23, 2013

Upfront fee urged for Maine state liquor deal

Democrat Seth Goodall says his bill is the best way to repay hospitals.

March 23, 2013

FAA: 149 control towers to be closed

But these smaller, lighter-traffic airports won't be shut down because of the sequestration cuts.

March 22, 2013

Rockport sex offender charged with assaulting teen

Arthur "Ron" Dodge, 54, is charged with gross sexual assault for an incident that allegedly happened last year at Dodge's home.

March 23, 2013

Portland mayor calls for AG probe of charter school

The mayor also wants the attorney general to look into financial mismanagement and how the commission reviewed its application.

March 22, 2013

Mixup delayed police response to Greene boy's death

Six-year-old Nathan Capponi was playing on his scooter when his father accidentally ran over him with a plow Wednesday.

March 22, 2013

105 US kids died of flu; most didn't get vaccine

All but four of the children who died were old enough to be vaccinated, but 90 percent of them did not get vaccinated, CDC officials said.

March 22, 2013

Portland firefighters to collect items for Sandy victims Saturday

Saturday's effort, dubbed "Maine Helps," will collect tools and supplies to assist people affected by Hurricane Sandy in the New York area,

March 22, 2013

Senate Democrats vote to repeal part of health care law

Maine Independent Sen. Angus King, who caucuses with the Democrats, also voted for repeal of the special tax on medical devices.

March 22, 2013

Cash registers: Going out of business?

Increasingly, stores are turning to smartphones and tablets as a more convenient checkout tool.

March 22, 2013

SAD 6 board to hear Bonny Eagle principal's appeal

Beth Schultz has requested a hearing in front of the school board, which voted last month not to renew her contract.

March 23, 2013

East-west highway foes pursue access to information

Much of a hearing on confidentiality also serves as a forum for criticisms of the proposed $2 billion project.

March 22, 2013

Man arrested for trying to impersonate pilot



March 23, 2013

LePage conference touts school choice, but not all are convinced Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The governor's education conference offers an empowering message, but teachers' unions find fault.

March 22, 2013

Oakland student hospitalized after bus reportedly runs over foot

The Messalonskee Middle School student was taken by ambulance to a Waterville hospital early Friday.

March 22, 2013

Pirates' owner changes his OUI plea to guilty

Brian Petrovek, who had a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, avoids jail time as part of the plea deal.

March 22, 2013

Newtown parents meet with killer's dad Video clip included

Allissa Parker said she told Peter Lanza that there was an opportunity to learn from the killings and his cooperation was vital.

March 22, 2013

Justice Scalia to be keynote speaker at UNH event

Scalia will be the keynote speaker at the annual law school alumni dinner tonight.

March 22, 2013

Bangor woman who stabbed boyfriend to death sent to psych hospital

Gail Judd on Thursday entered her plea to the stabbing death of 47-year-old Michael Drouin in February 2012.

March 22, 2013

Animals living in squalor removed from Wilton home

Court records indicate a majority of the dogs were deemed very thin or emaciated.

March 22, 2013

Obama ending Israel visit with symbolic stops Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Obama lays wreaths at the graves of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995.

March 22, 2013

Byron official faces recall over gun proposal

A petition initiated by a resident says the head of Byron's select board subjected town residents "to ridicule, embarrassment and disrepute."

March 22, 2013

New Yorkers boldly flout law to keep pigs Video clip included

The city's health code forbids keeping them as pets, forcing pig owners to operate in secret, taking the risk that an unhappy neighbor might squeal.

March 22, 2013

High prices expected as Maine elver season begins today

For the next 10 weeks, fishermen will catch the tiny translucent eels, known as elvers, in nets as they swim up coastal rivers and streams.

March 22, 2013

February home sales dip in Maine

The Maine Association of Realtors says real estate agents sold 593 homes last month, down from 624 a year ago.

March 22, 2013

3 dead, including suspect, in Marine base shooting Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The two men and one woman were part of the staff at the officer candidates school on the sprawling base in northern Virginia.

April 2, 2013

Board members to Portland superintendent: Find more cuts

They say the new school superintendent must identify another $1.5 million in budget cuts.

March 22, 2013

Colby announces commencement honorees

In honor of the college's 200th year, all honorary degree recipients are alumni.

March 22, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Police looking for men who robbed, shot cab driver / Two-day yoga festival to feature 30 instructors / Distributor to soup kitchens looking for new warehouse ... and more news from around the state.

March 22, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Looks like LePage is awakening

Dear Governor: You've transformed into a perfectly rational human being. I don't know what happened, but it's nice to have you aboard.

March 22, 2013

Carnival ship plans 8 visits to Portland this year

 Cancellations of cruises on other ships taken out of service are not likely to affect the Carnival Glory.

March 22, 2013

Government funded for six more months

The agreement leaves cuts of $85 billion in place and is reached despite much political posturing.

March 22, 2013

Portland board gets behind taller buildings in Bayside

20130312_MidTown The vote will help support a $38 million high-rise development that will include retail and living space.

March 22, 2013

Gas prices could approach $4 by May

 The laws of supply and demand are working – just not the way motorists in the U.S. would like.

March 22, 2013

Exoskeletons: Giant leap for mankind?

Radi Kaiof walks using an electronic exoskeleton at a development center in the northern city of Haifa As technology improves, they not only help the disabled, but are becoming power-assist devices for others.

March 22, 2013

New spending deal spells mixed news for Maine

Many federally funded programs around the state are still bracing for cutbacks in their budgets.

March 21, 2013

Nobel winner to Portland students: Tap into 'fire within' Video clip included

 A Liberian peace activist tells Maine students that following their passions can change the world.