March 24, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

SOUTH PORTLAND

Police investigate stabbing that left man hospitalized

A 39-year-old man was hospitalized with a stab wound after he was found unconscious in a four-unit apartment building at 25 Palmer St. on Friday night.

Police said the man, who was not identified, was found at the bottom of the common stairway around 11:20 p.m. The stab wound was to the middle torso, police said.

The man was taken to Maine Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police said they talked to several witnesses and the person responsible for the stabbing, whom police did not identify. South Portland Sgt. Steve Webster said no criminal charges were filed.

Webster said the case will be forwarded to the Cumberland County District Attorney.

BANGOR

Bangor Region Chamber backs Medicaid expansion

The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce says it's endorsing an expansion of Medicaid in Maine.

The chamber's board endorsed expansion of the program in a resolution. The federal Affordable Care Act offers states 100 percent funding in the first three years, and 90 percent in the fourth year.

Maine elected officials have not decided yet whether the state will accept the federal offer. Gov. Paul LePage wants the federal government to guarantee 10 years of funding at 100 percent if the state is to accept Medicaid expansion.

Bangor chamber members said that expanding Medicaid, called MaineCare in the state, will help low-income workers obtain affordable health coverage and will likely reduce charitable care costs in the health care system, costs that are often shifted to other payers.

BAR HARBOR

High school students enter Maine State Science Fair

Students from more than a dozen Maine high schools competed in a state science fair that will determine which teams move to the next level in Phoenix.

More than 200 high school students, including some who are home-schooled, were in Bar Harbor on Saturday to attend the Maine State Science Fair at the Jackson Laboratory.

Jackson Lab took over coordination of the state science fair in 2010, and revised the rules to conform to international standards so the winning students could qualify for the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair, the world's largest science fair.

The top three winners of the Maine fair and their mentors will travel to Phoenix in May for this year's INTEL event.

AUGUSTA

Governor says he wants accountability in education

Gov. Paul LePage is calling for an education system with accountability.

In his weekly radio address Saturday, LePage said that by measuring school performance and providing assistance to struggling schools, achievement can be improved.

In the Democratic response, Rep. Gay Grant of Gardiner said that strengthening Maine's public schools is a top priority for her party.

But Grant said Maine schools are facing a serious threat in LePage's proposed budget, which she says essentially cuts funding to schools by nearly $40 million over the next two years.

-- From staff and news services

 

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