April 26, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Joseph Reeve, 26, was issued a court summons on a charge of cultivating marijuana.


LePage signs bill shielding data of gun permit holders

A bill to keep under wraps the names and other identifying information about people with concealed-handgun permits will be signed into law, Gov. Paul LePage said Friday.

The bill was approved Thursday on lopsided votes in the state House and Senate. LePage himself has such a permit.

The bill, L.D. 345, sponsored by Rep. Corey Wilson, R-Augusta, finally passed the Senate and House on Thursday. The bill, which took effect after LePage's signature, makes the names, addresses and birth dates of permit holders confidential. It allows for aggregate statistical data on permit holders, such as gender and town of residence, to be released.

The bill gained momentum from Maine's gun-rights grassroots after a public-records request to the state from the Bangor Daily News for information on all permits was condemned by Republican lawmakers, including LePage. After that, a temporary law was passed making identifying information on permits confidential until April's end. LePage's signature on Friday shielded it permanently.


Waterville doctor cleared of malpractice on newborn

A jury has cleared a Waterville doctor of malpractice in connection with nerve damage in the arm of a baby she delivered.

Dr. Karen Bossie of Waterville Women's Care was cleared Thursday after six-day trial in Kennebec County Superior Court.

Danielle Wentworth of Benton had sued Bossie on behalf of her daughter, who was born five years ago at MaineGeneral Medical Center.

Wentworth's attorney told jurors that Bossie used too much traction in the delivery, which resulted in the girl suffering an injury to the nerves that control one arm.

Bossie's attorney told jurors his client acted properly to deliver the baby during an obstetrical emergency.

A three-member medical malpractice screening panel had previously cleared Bossie of wrongdoing.


Science, math school ranks No. 1 in state, 13th in nation

The Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone is the state's top high school and one of the best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The annual ranking said the magnet school has a teacher-student ratio of 10 to 1, which is smaller than the Maine average, and 100 percent proficiency ratings for students in math and reading.

In addition, the school had a college readiness score of 100, meaning all students took and passed at least one Advanced Placement test, which can earn students college credits.

The magazine ranked the Maine School of Science and Mathematics 13th nationally.

The School for the Talented & Gifted in Dallas was ranked first nationally.

In Maine, Yarmouth High School was ranked second, followed by Falmouth High School, Cape Elizabeth High School and Wells High School.


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