April 8, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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The report says UNE’s economic impact has risen by 31 percent in the past three years.

The study was done on UNE’s behalf by the Planning Decisions research and planning firm.

UNE has 8,000 students, including 5,600 who are full-time, and campuses in Biddeford and Portland.

PORTLAND

Court schedules arguments on NOM donor list appeal

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments this week on a national anti-gay-marriage group’s efforts to keep its donor list confidential.

The National Organization for Marriage is appealing a Superior Court judge’s decision refusing to vacate subpoenas issued by the Maine Ethics Commission demanding the names of NOM’s donors in a 2009 gay marriage referendum.

Voters that year overturned a law passed by legislators allowing same-sex marriage in Maine. The National Organization for Marriage donated about $1.9 million in the campaign.

Maine’s campaign disclosure law requires groups that raise or spend more than $5,000 to influence elections to register and disclose donors. NOM says the identities of its donors are shielded by the First Amendment.

Oral arguments before Maine’s high court are scheduled Thursday in Portland.

SOLON

Suspect faces two charges after crash snaps pole in two

Police arrested a Bowdoin man Sunday after he allegedly crashed a sport utility vehicle and fled, leaving his injured passenger behind, according to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.

Using a tracking dog, Somerset County Deputy Sheriff David Cole found Toby Johnston, 35, about 3 a.m. in nearby woods and arrested him on charges of operating under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident, the sheriff’s department said.

The passenger, also from the town of Bowdoin, was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan for treatment of his injuries, police said.

Police said they received a report about 12:44 a.m. that a northbound 2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer left Route 201 at the West Road intersection and hit a utility pole. The impact snapped the pole in two, police said.

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