News from October 15, 2013

October 16, 2013

N.H. governor to seek special session on Medicaid expansion

The decision comes after a study panel recommends opting in to provide health coverage to 49,000 adults.

October 16, 2013

Napoli, Lackey lift Red Sox over Tigers in Game 3 Several photos included in this story

John Lackey outduels All-Star Justin Verlander, and Mike Napoli hits a solo homer to put the Red Sox two wins from a World Series berth.

October 17, 2013

Attempted park closure irks Maine fishermen

The state funds resources at Cobscook Bay State Park but a federal agency has tried to close the area, which it owns.

October 15, 2013

Fitch puts U.S. credit rating on negative watch

The agency cites ‘political brinkmanship and reduced financing flexibility.’

October 15, 2013

Unusual penmanship leads to NH racist graffiti arrest

Raymond Stevens’ distinctive lowercase ‘b’ allegedly gave him away.

October 15, 2013

Maine’s 2nd District candidates raise more than $400,000

The seat is now held by U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who is running for governor.

October 15, 2013

Aaron Hernandez girlfriend accused of throwing out evidence

Shayanna Jenkins was arraigned Tuesday in Fall River Superior Court and released on personal recognizance.

October 15, 2013

Libyan pleads not guilty to terrorism charges

Abu Anas al Libi is accused of helping to plan the U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

October 15, 2013

Maine PUC chairman drops out of Poland Spring water case

His recusal effectively halts review of a controversial contract between Nestle Waters and Fryeburg Water.

October 15, 2013

Two girls arrested in Florida suicide-bullying case

Police arrest 14-year-old and 12-year-old girls in connection to the suicide death of Rebecca Sedwick, 12.

October 16, 2013

Maine, union reach deal on shutdown layoffs

The plan for post-Oct. 17 comes as LePage says he called a civil emergency to nullify the union contract.

October 15, 2013

Statoil leaving Maine for more certain climate

The company, which planned to build a $120 million wind farm, blames its decision on a LePage initiative to reopen bids for offshore wind projects.

October 15, 2013

Ex-San Diego Mayor pleads guilty to 3 crimes

Charges against Filner include false imprisonment and battery in connection to allegations of sexual harassment.

October 15, 2013

Gas leak leads to building evacuations in East Bayside

Firefighters evacuated a nearby apartment building and day care center while the leak was repaired.

October 15, 2013

Two Canadian teens in custody after wild Maine chase

The boy, 16, is charged with eluding an officer, passing a roadblock and aggravated criminal mischief.

October 15, 2013

Roundtable aims to adapt Maine communities for aging population

The event will convene policymakers and private sector investors to help Maine cities and towns meet the concerns of Maine’s growing senior population, including housing, health care, transportation and long-term care.

October 15, 2013

Portland School Board: Seats sought by 6 candidates

Two winners of the Nov. 5 election will fill at-large seats being vacated by current board chairman Jaimey Caron and past chairwoman Kate Snyder.

October 15, 2013

UNH gets $4.3M grant for disability data research

The grant to the Institute on Disability at UNH is intended to improve disability data collection and dissemination.

October 16, 2013

House Republicans cancel vote on debt deal Several photos included in this story

The pressure is now on Senate leaders to end the government shutdown and avoid default.

October 15, 2013

Veterans memorial tree finds new home

The tree was moved from Bar Harbor after there were complaints about the Christian content of the memorial’s plaque.

October 15, 2013

Maine ranked No. 29 in business tax climate index

The Tax Foundation says that Maine ranks near the bottom for corporate taxes, but is in the top 10 states for sales tax rates.

October 15, 2013

New York City fights Airbnb rentals

City officials say that the short-term room rentals undercuts hotels, avoids taxes and threatens safety.

October 15, 2013

Newtown school shooting site being demolished

Contractors have barricaded the Sandy Hook Elementary School property and expect to begin demolition next week.

October 15, 2013

Police find robbery suspect hiding in tree in NH

Police arrested 22-year-old Joseph Reardon following a convenience store robbery.

October 15, 2013

SLIDESHOW: The colors of Maine

The best staff and reader-submitted photos of Maine's beautiful foliage.

October 15, 2013

Alleged pirate kingpin’s dream of stardom hijacked

A sting operation worthy of Hollywood lures him to work on a fake film mirroring his life.

October 15, 2013

Suslovic faces unknown in council re-election bid

Edward Suslovic vs. Gregory Blouin for the District 3 seat on the Portland City Council.

October 15, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Woman, 59, fatally injured in collision with pickup truck / Maine man puts toilets in his yard as protest / Logging truck, train collide at crossing ... and more news from around the state.

October 15, 2013

Daily contact helps Maine soldier be at home in Afghanistan

Every day there’s at least one picture . . .

October 15, 2013

Two running for open at-large seat on Portland Council

Former state Rep. Jon Hinck and businessman Wellington 'Wells' Lyons are vying for John Anton’s seat.

October 15, 2013

Timing could be right at Iran nuclear talks

Negotiations begin Tuesday and a new president could signal a willingness to make a deal.

October 15, 2013

Maine’s breweries simmer during shutdown

Local beer businesses are waiting for federal approvals to move ahead with their plans.

October 15, 2013

Maine’s federal courts to run out of money by Friday

Officials have not said how court system will operate if the shutdown doesn’t end this week.

October 15, 2013

Two Brunswick inns, too much confusion

A federal lawsuit between two local hotels heads to trial.

October 15, 2013

Three vie for Portland City Council seat

The race for a four-year, at-large term pits two political newcomers against veteran Jill Duson.

October 15, 2013

Feature Obituary: Martin Joyce Jr., 84, former Cumberland County sheriff

Mr. Joyce was also a longtime Portland police sergeant and was known for his compassion for the homeless.

October 15, 2013

If no debt deal reached, deep pain for Maine

Because of its relatively high number of federal employees and veterans, and more people who rely on Social Security and Medicaid, Mainers are more vulnerable than many others if the government defaults on its payments.

October 15, 2013

LePage stands alone in taking emergency power

Other governors use different strategies to keep or lay off federally paid state employees, and LePage’s action worries some Maine workers.

October 15, 2013

In Maine, international conference will target arts world

Ten speakers from around the U.S. are expected to share ‘great stories’ at the Orono event Oct. 24-26.

October 16, 2013

Meet the candidates for Portland City Council

Profiles of all the candidates in the November 2013 election for the Portland City Council.

October 16, 2013

Meet the candidates for Portland school board

Profiles of all the candidates in the November 2013 election for the Portland school board.