News from March 29, 2013

March 29, 2013

Portland residents face tax hike

The city manager's proposed budget seeks $3.9 million more from property owners.

March 29, 2013

Angus King: Cyberattack threat real

 National security experts warn that 'the next Pearl Harbor is going to be cyber,' the Intelligence Committee member says.

March 30, 2013

Critics: Bills designed 'to kill' Maine charter schools

Hearings on Monday will discuss bills about how charter schools are funded and if they should require voter approval.

March 30, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Man guilty of selling pills, hiding income from SSA / Shipyard union says 14 days of furlough still too many / Packages mailed to Maine held 28 pounds of pot ... and more news from around the state.

March 29, 2013

Battered harbor seal recovering at Conn. aquarium

 The badly injured seal pup was rescued from a Massachusetts beach eight months ago.

March 29, 2013

3 dozen indicted in Atlanta schools cheating scandal

Among those indicted were the ex-superintendent, six principals, two assistant principals and 14 teachers.

March 29, 2013

Gun companies wooed by N.H. conservatives

Efforts to tighten weapons laws also spur politicians in other states to reach out to firearms manufacturers.

March 29, 2013

Portland's Empire Dine and Dance sold, will temporarily close

One of the city’s liveliest music venues has been sold, and when it reopens, it will have returned to its Asian roots.

March 29, 2013

Alexis Wright pleads guilty, will go to jail

 The accused Kennebunk prostitute reaches a deal that will allow her to avoid trial and any felonies.

March 29, 2013

Portland man arrested on sex, assault charges

Portland and Westbrook police are investigating additional allegations against 32-year-old Alvin Lee Weisberg.

March 29, 2013

Yarmouth robbery, chase suspect had looming court date

Dylan Libby was arrested Jan. 27, 2010, for alleged burglary and theft, according to the York County Court Clerk. His final sentencing hearing was scheduled for May 14.

March 30, 2013

Relative of fugitive rapist tipped off authorities

 After hiding for 34 years, convicted rapist Gary Irving will finally pay for his crimes. And one of his relatives made it happen.

March 29, 2013

11-year-old alleged baby killer not competent for trial – for now

Kelli Murphy, of Fairfield, is charged with manslaughter in the July 8 killing of 3-month-old Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway of Clinton.

March 29, 2013

Oxford Casino to be sold for $160 million

Oxford Casino Churchill Downs will pay cash for the 10-month-old casino, whose ownership is faulted for selling to an out-of-state firm.

March 29, 2013

Drone industry worries about privacy backlash Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Success on the battlefield may contain the seeds of trouble for the more benign uses of drones at home.

March 29, 2013

Maine jobless rate unchanged at 7.3%

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 51,700 Maine workers were unemployed in February, down 300 over the year.

March 30, 2013

Two arrested after 28 pounds of pot mailed to Maine

The drugs, with an estimated street value of $85,000, were ultimately bound for Massachusetts.

March 29, 2013

EPA taking aim at auto emissions, sulfur in gas

The EPA says reducing sulfur in gasoline and cleaning up auto emissions would yield billions of dollars in health benefits by 2030. But the oil industry and others are pressing the EPA to delay the rule.

March 29, 2013

Bingham man charged with town garage arson

Brandon L. Sherwood, 29, of Bingham, was charged Thursday night with starting the recent fire that destroyed the town’s public works garage.

March 29, 2013

NH students start petition to restore dodgeball

The petition says it's unfair to ban "human target" games after just a few complaints.

March 29, 2013

After 40 years, Vietnam memories still strong Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam 40 years ago today, and the date holds great meaning for many who fought the war, protested it or otherwise lived it.

March 29, 2013

Fewer furlough days for Maine-NH shipyard workers

Paul O'Connor, president of the Metal Trades Council at the Kittery, shipyard, says submarine maintenance work could fall behind schedule.

March 29, 2013

Congressional inaction could cost college students

The rate for subsidized Stafford loans is set to increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1, just as millions of new college students start signing up for fall courses.

March 29, 2013

Arizona gun proponents launch free shotgun program

The Armed Citizen Project is part of a national campaign to give shotguns to single women and homeowners in the nation's crime-ridden neighborhoods.

March 29, 2013

Skowhegan market burglarized yet again

'It's not fair. I work hard for my money and wish I would have been there to kick his butt,' says owner Louann Barnes.

March 29, 2013

Maine man in custody after alleged home invasion

Police say Donald York Jr., 30, of Knox appeared to be out of control and combative, and may have been on the drug known as bath salts.

March 29, 2013

Film salutes sacrifice of fallen police

The documentary 'Heroes Behind the Badge' will be presented in Westbrook on Friday as part of a fundraising event.

March 29, 2013

Feature obituary: Dr. Russell Abbott, 87, veterinarian, Baptist minister

Mr. Abbott moved to Rockland in the late 1940s and founded the Rockland Animal Hospital, which he operated for 38 years.

March 29, 2013

Prospective LePage rivals back minimum wage increase

All are Democrats, but independent Eliot Cutler and the governor prefer other ways to boost paychecks for low-income workers.

March 29, 2013

Some wins likely for gay marriage

Supporters of gay marriage rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington A nationwide law, no; but Supreme Court justices lean toward other changes that could widen the field.

March 29, 2013

Pope washes, kisses feet of inmates, including 2 young women Video clip included

 No previous pope has ever washed women's feet, and current liturgical rules restrict the ritual to men.

March 29, 2013

Hopes high as shipper starts Maine service

The ship due to arrive Friday holds just 40 containers as direct service from Portland to Europe resumes after 33 years.