Opponents of a newly enacted law that ends Maine’s Election Day voter registration policy will outline the reasons they are challenging the law.Opponents plan a news conference Thursday at the State House.They filed a challenge Tuesday with the secretary of state’s office seeking a people’s veto vote on whether to repeal the law.League of Women Voters of Maine President Barbara McDade says same-day voter registration has been part of Maine elections for 38 years and helped almost 70,000 people participate during the last two general elections.
On Thursday Maine Treasurer Bruce Poliquin will talk about state borrowing, the budget and other financial matters at a press conference as the state prepares to close its books for fiscal 2011.Poliquin will discuss the state’s credit rating, recent sale of $108 million in bonds that had previously been authorized, and the $6.1 billion state budget that was signed Monday by Governor LePage.Proceeds from the bonds sold June 2 will be used to fund highway and railway construction, research and development and other capital projects.Poliquin’s update comes a week before the June 30 end of fiscal 2011.
Governor Paul LePage has signed into law three bills expanding the rights of concealed weapons permit holders in Maine.One of the bills, signed Tuesday, would bar businesses from prohibiting employees who have concealed firearms permits from keeping a firearm in their vehicle, as long as the vehicle is locked and the firearm is not visible.Another bill allows a law enforcement officer from another state to carry a concealed firearm in Maine, provided the officer also has proper police identification.The third bill will allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry weapons in state parks and historic sites.
A Bangor woman is in custody, charged with the murder of her husband.Authorities say they have arrested Roxanne Jeskey,48, of Bangor and charged her with murder.The body of Richard Jeskey was found in an apartment on Ohio Street in Bangor on June 13th.Officials say they expect Roxanne Jeskey to be arraigned Friday morning.The Jeskey family has issued a statement saying they are shocked and sadden by their loss and ask for their privacy to be respected.
It was a police chase by car and foot that landed Christopher Buzzell in jail.He’s facing multiple charges, including an OUI that’s unlike any other Bangor Police have ever issued.”He ran into the river and was mumbling and groaning and going over he didn’t know why he did it,” said Sgt.
Last summer, Janice Watson began seeking treatment for complications with her liver.To get help she had to travel to Connecticut, but thanks to Angel Flight Northeast, she was able to get free air transportation turning what would have been a seven hour drive to just a two hour flight.”It gives us a greater piece of mind both for me, my husband and my family because there’s I’m not travelling alone before and after procedures,” she said.
A New Sharon teen accused of breaking into Nicky’s Cruisin’ Diner in Bangor Tuesday morning is being held on $5,000 bail.Michael Reis, 19, appeared in a Bangor courtroom via video conference Wednesday afternoon.Police say Reis and a 17-year-old Bangor man broke into the restaurant and Reis kicked out the back windows of a police car.
The Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville and Penobscot Bay Regional Chambers of Commerce could be consolidating.Members of the two chambers will vote Wednesday night on whether or not to join forces.Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville’s chamber director tells TV 5 consolidation will be a move forward for the regional economy and will help better serve its members.If the consolidation passes, there are no plans to change any staffing.
Country music singer Andy Griggs will take to the stage in Machias next monthGriggs will be the headliner at the Down East Country Fest, Saturday July 23rd.This is the second year for concert at the Down East Fairgrounds, which features more than half a dozen bands.Tickets for adults range from $20 to $45.
A South Dakota man accused of murdering a homeless man in Bangor five years ago made his first court appearance, Wednesday.Twenty-six year old Kenneth Bruning pleaded not guilty in a Bangor courtroom.Bruning is accused of killing Trevor Sprague in 2006.Sprague’s body was found on fire beneath the Kenduskeag Stream Bridge on Harlow Street.Bruning’s not guilty plea could change within the next sixty days.His attorney, Jeff Silverstein, says they may change the plea based on Bruning’s mental state.”There are some concerns that mental health played some sort of role in whatever the events were because I understand that he does have some mental health issues.
A former social worker from Hallowell has been fined $4,500 and publicly reprimanded for smuggling illegal drugs and pornography, including nude pictures of herself, to an inmate at the Maine State Prison.The Maine Board of Social Worker Licensure sanctioned 34-year-old Jaime Dale Semple Harnett for ethics violations after a hearing last month.
A newly enacted law that ends Maine’s Election Day voter registration policy is being challenged.Opponents say they filed a challenge Tuesday with the secretary of state’s office seeking a people’s veto vote on whether to repeal the law.League of Women Voters of Maine President Barbara McDade says same-day voter registration has been part of Maine elections for 38 years and has helped almost 70,000 people participate during the last two general elections.Supporters of the law say same-day registration overburdens municipal clerks with paperwork as elections are being held.In order for the people’s veto question to go to voters, signatures totaling 10 percent of the votes cast for governor in 2010 must be submitted.(The Associated Press)