News from May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013

Both sides deadlocked on hospitals, Medicaid

 Democrats and Gov. Paul LePage remain at odds over whether the issues should be separated.

May 24, 2013

Maine man zooms in on Bruins, fans

 Maxx Coombs, of Brunswick, is getting an up-close view of the Boston Bruins' run in the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs.

May 24, 2013

Maine Omnibus Energy Bill cleared by committee

The bill aims to support expanding natural-gas pipelines and fund energy-efficiency efforts.

May 25, 2013

Immigration reform effort falls short, Leahy says

The Vermont senator says Republicans vowed to scuttle the bill if it included his amendment, which protects gay couples who can't marry.

May 24, 2013

Lawmakers step up pressure on military footwear Several photos included in this story

If members of the armed forces are required to buy American-made products, it could benefit Maine's New Balance factories.

May 24, 2013

Pulitzer-winning reporter Haynes Johnson dies at 81

He covered the civil rights struggle in the South and became a 'profiler of the country' as a columnist.

May 25, 2013

Panel would have N.H. hospitals join managed care network

The state's efforts to set up a managed care system for Medicaid clients have stalled.

May 24, 2013

No. 1 Black Bears face No. 2 Binghamton tonight

The University of Maine needs a victory to force a winner-take-all game in the America East tournament Saturday night.

May 24, 2013

LePage: From now on, only I will testify

The unusual directive to his department heads is seen as the latest move in ongoing clash between the governor and lawmakers.

May 24, 2013

Summer travel forecast: Better, but no blowout 


Those with money are taking more extravagant vacations, but a large swath of the population is staying close to home.

May 24, 2013

Netflix revives 'Arrested Development'

The first three seasons of the comedy were being watched by so many subscribers that Netflix knew another season would be well-received and would likely lure new subscribers, too.

May 25, 2013

Toronto mayor: I don't smoke crack

Rob Ford says the media is out to get him as he addresses a video that allegedly shows him smoking crack cocaine.

May 24, 2013

Maine murder suspect not competent to stand trial

William Hall of Bangor is due to be tried Aug. 26 on charges he threw a man out a window to his death in 2011, but the trial will be postponed unless he is found competent by Aug. 2.

May 24, 2013

USM wins opening game of baseball championship, 2-1

They play again Saturday at the championships in Wisconsin.

May 25, 2013

UMaine to offer hockey coaching job to Gendron

Red Gendron, a former Black Bear assistant and current Yale associate head coach, is the choice.

May 24, 2013

Black Bears lose to Binghamton, 10-2

The University of Maine baseball team heads into an elimination game this afternoon against Stony Brook.

May 24, 2013

Message changed on TV outside LePage's office

The governor continues to work out of his residence Friday.

May 24, 2013

Lawyer wants documents in Maine teen's death sealed

Kyle Dube's lawyer cites threats made against his client and concerns about Dube's right to a fair trial.

May 24, 2013

UMaine's offshore wind buoy is ready for real test - in the ocean

The system will be used to track wind speeds at the height of offshore wind turbines to determine the suitability of sites for wind farms.

May 24, 2013

BIW lays keel for new destroyer

The laying of the keel marks a milestone in the construction of a ship. The keel unit is a 4,400-ton backbone of the ship.

May 24, 2013

LePage signs bill requiring Maine organ donation checkoff box

The optional $2 donation would fund education about organ donations.

May 24, 2013

Tuition increase approved for Maine's community colleges

In-state rates at Maine's two-year schools have risen 7 percent in the last five years, compared with a 29 percent increase at the state’s four-year universities, according to a report.

May 24, 2013

Kennebunk receives highest Standard & Poor's rating

Kennebunk is the only town in Maine to receive a AAA rating, according to town officials.

May 25, 2013

Maine Senate approves bill requiring exercise in schools

The bill would require public schools to provide at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day for elementary school students.

May 24, 2013

Maine bill seeks to protect US loggers' jobs



May 24, 2013

Shuttle bus accident sends 18 to Atlanta hospitals

At least two people are in serious condition after a collision between a hotel shuttle bus and a tractor-trailer near Atlanta's airport sends 18 to the hospital.

May 24, 2013

Diversion of Pakistani plane further rattles British public

Fighter jets intercept a plane from Pakistan that was allegedly threatened by two British passengers.

May 24, 2013

Maine bill would protect children in leased parks

The Maine State Legislature has approved a bill allowing municipalities to prohibit sex offenders from living within 750 feet of certain state parks and fields.

May 24, 2013

Washington state bridge collapse caused by oversized load

No one is seriously injured, but the bridge is used by an average of 71,000 vehicles a day, so its collapse will cause a major disruption in trade and tourism.

May 24, 2013

Maine sports star guilty on child-porn charge

Authorities say Dana Wilson, who works as a disc jockey, had videos of young girls engaged in sexual behavior on his computer.

May 24, 2013

Another strong hurricane season on horizon

The six-month hurricane season begins June 1, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates a 70 percent chance of 13 to 20 named storms.

May 24, 2013

Maine officials warn of vacation scams

Attorney General Janet Mills says to be wary of "you won a free vacation" notices that ask for upfront fees.

May 24, 2013

Maine state police gear up for busy weekend

Troopers will be looking for speeders and drunken and aggressive drivers, and they're also enforcing seat belt and texting laws.

May 24, 2013

Maine, Boston hospitals collaborate on cancer care

Officials at Central Maine Healthcare say the partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital will provide "fast, seamless care."

May 24, 2013

I-5 bridge collapse survivor: 'You hold on' Video clip included

It was not known what caused the collapse of the bridge about 60 miles north of Seattle but investigators were talking late Thursday to a commercial truck driver whose rig was believed to have struck the structure.

May 24, 2013

Military memorial ceremony set at Maine State House

Four identification tags bearing the names of servicemen and women who died during overseas operations will be added to the Battlefield Cross today.

May 24, 2013

VIDEO: Buzz the Fuzz in Gorham

Gorham police officers get their heads shaved to raise money for the Special Olympics; the chief even gets a temporary mohawk.

May 24, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Maine music teacher nominated for Grammy / Lisbon man gets four years for Social Security fraud / Drivers asked to watch out for rare turtles ... and more news from around the state.

May 24, 2013

Was Boston bomber linked to best friend's murder?

Investigators scrutinize a 2011 triple slaying that left Tamerlan Tsarnaev's boxing partner dead.

May 24, 2013

New England Dispatches

Lawyer who used daughter to make porn is sentenced / Tree-killing beetle found in 5 percent of NH trees / Abuse claim unfounded, so priest reinstated ... and more news from around the region.

May 24, 2013

Maine views mixed as Boy Scouts end gay ban

Some called it a positive stand against discrimination, others say the Boy Scouts shouldn't address issues of sexuality.

May 24, 2013

Senate passes privacy bill for cellphone users

Civil libertarians support the measure. Opponents say it would make police investigations harder.

May 24, 2013

King, Collins report substantial assets

 The financial disclosure statements from Maine's senators show both are well-off financially, with King worth as much as $26 million.

May 24, 2013

Bill Nemitz: LePage's tempest in a TV-gate

Dear Governor: Is all this absurdity really your attempt to pull our attention away from a serious public-policy issue?

May 23, 2013

Kittery man arrested on child-porn charges

Jermany Scott Claus, 39, allegedly requested nude images of a juvenile girl in Tennessee.

May 23, 2013

Maine keeps E-ZPass heavy-user discount program

The turnpike has sufficient revenues to continue the popular program that benefits frequent commuters.

May 23, 2013

Atop Mount Washington: Extremely cool museum

 Interactive exhibits in a new museum will highlight the mountain's fierce winter weather.