July 25, 2013

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The proclamation was sponsored by Republican Sen. James Hamper of Oxford.

It also recognizes the 38 Maine military personnel who became prisoners of war or missing in action and the 245 who were killed during the war.

More than 36,000 U.S. military members were killed and more than 100,000 were wounded in the Korean War.


Wells man arrested in sting for intent to distribute pot

A Maine man is accused of possessing 22 pounds of marijuana in New Hampshire.

Thirty-year-old James Barnes of Wells, Maine, was arrested Tuesday in Dover after police said they conducted a controlled delivery of the drug to him.

The delivery was conducted by the New Hampshire State Police Narcotics and Investigations Unit in conjunction with the Dover Police Department.

Barnes was charged with one felony count of possession with intent to distribute the drug. He is being held on $25,000 cash bail following his arraignment Wednesday morning.

The sting was a result of the state police narcotics unit learning about an incoming delivery from California, according to Foster's Daily Democrat. Police intercepted the shipment and delivered it to Barnes and when Barnes collected it and drove off, he was arrested, the newspaper said.


Coalition urges lawmakers to increase minimum wage

Supporters of a higher minimum wage for Massachusetts workers say they'll go directly to the voters next year if lawmakers don't act first.

The state's current minimum wage is $8 an hour and hasn't been increased since 2008.

A coalition of groups called Raise Up Massachusetts also wants to enact a statewide earned sick time policy.

Senate President Therese Murray has signaled her desire to bring up a minimum wage bill, though she has not yet backed any specific proposal.

Business groups that oppose a higher minimum wage say the added costs could ultimately hurt workers by making Massachusetts less competitive.

Minimum wage supporters say if lawmakers don't act by the ballot question filing deadline of Aug. 7, they'll try to put both issues before voters on next year's state ballot.


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