When Representative Sharon Treat reviewed the Republican’s proposed health insurance reform, she had concerns.But last month, when the bill came to her on the Insurance and Finance Committee, she says didn’t have the chance to express those concerns.”I’ve actually never seen a bill of this consequence be dealt with so quickly.
Gas prices in Maine are up again.Mainegasprices.com says average retail gasoline prices have risen $.016 per gallon in the past week to $3.97 per gallon.The website says Sunday’s average price was more than a $1.00 higher than it was the same day a year ago and more than $.21 per gallon higher than a month ago.The national average is $3.93 per gallon.
It was a nice start to National Nurses Week for a Waterville nurse, who was recognized at a special ceremony on Monday.Betsy Towner is a nurse at Maine General Medical Center in Waterville and now she can add Daisy Award winner to her resume.The Daisy Foundation was founded by Mark and Bonnie Barnes after they lost their son Patrick to an auto immune disease.
In March a jury found Zachary Carr guilty of murder in the shooting death of John “Bobby” Surles.Now the defense team for Carr has filed a motion seeking a new trial.The motion says the verdict should be thrown out because the state failed to prove Carr acted intentionally or knowingly, and also failed to disprove the theory Carr shot Surles in self defense.Carr’s attorneys also said their client should be given a new trial because one of the witnesses lied on the stand.It’s unclear when Justice Michaela Murphy will rule on the motion for a new trial.
Hearings are scheduled for next week surrounding another proposed wind farm in our state.First Wind has an application to build 19 turbines in Hancock County on Bull Hill.The public hearings will be held May 16th and 17th in Ellsworth at 6pm at the Ramada Inn.The group opposed to this wind farm says it will ruin the views in the Acadia Park region and will be visible from Cadillac Mountain and the Schoodic Scenic Byway and Blackwoods Byway among other places.
Two men from Millinocket accused of beating up a man after breaking into a house say they’re not guilty.Charges against 40-year-old Billy Brannen and 32-year-old Jeremy Sawyer include robbery, burglary and assault.Both pleaded not guilty in a Bangor courtroom.Brannen and Sawyer remain in the Penobscot County Jail.
The future of the Orland Consolidated School is now in the hands of residents.Voters are heading to the polls Monday for a special election.They’re deciding whether to keep the school open, or opt to send local students to another town come fall.In march, the school board voted unanimously to shut down the school.Superintendent Jim Boothby says that would save $329,000 a year.
The trial of a man accused of running down and killing a 20-year-old University of Maine student in January of last year is expected to begin this summer.Lawyers for 23-year-old Garrett Cheney appeared in court Monday in Bangor.The South Berwick native is charged with manslaughter, aggravated criminal drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident.Police say Cheney was driving drunk in orono when he hit and killed Jordyn Bakley of camden.District Attorney Christopher Almy says he expects the trial will begin in June.Almy says there is strong physical evidence in the case that points to Cheney.
Spring cleaning can turn up all sorts of things, including library books that you had long forgotten about.This week is your chance to come clean with them as well.The Bangor Public Library is one of many around the state that are taking part in Food Not Fines week.From Monday until Saturday, folks can bring in those overdue books along with a non-perishable food item, and all will be forgiven.The Fine-amnesty-food-drive, as its called, is coordinated by the Maine State library.All of the food collected in Bangor will be given to Manna Ministries.”If you don’t have the book, if you’re not returning the book, we can’t forgive that because we do have to buy the book to replace it,” says Barbara McDade, director of the Bangor Public Library.
You’ll be doing much more than just eating if you head to a local mexican restaurant Monday night.Miguel’s Restaurant on Hogan Road in Bangor is donating 10% of its proceeds to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor.The organization is also collecting donations of tools it needs to build houses.
The Newburgh Board of Selectmen is scheduled to meet Monday night for the first time since the town’s office staff quit.According to the town’s website, the meeting is Monday night at 7 o’clock at the Newburgh Town Office.On Thursday, town manager Rick Briggs, town clerk Lois Libby and assistant town clerk Jill Gilman handed in their resignations.
Less than a week after voters approved it, the Bangor city council is moving ahead with plans for a new arena.There will be a workshop Monday night to update the architectural contract for the project.That session will get underway at 5:30p.m.It will be held in the city council chambers at City Hall on Harlow Street.City leaders are hoping to break ground on the new arena by July.The city council meeting will follow at 7:30p.m.
Maine’s environmentally oriented Unity College planned to hold its greenest graduation ever on Saturday, with recycled diplomas, composting of food wastes, and one commencement program for each family and each graduate to save paper.Unity says it’s not sure whether Saturday afternoon’s graduation was be the greenest in the country.
Maine State Police say a motorcyclist spotted popping wheelies as he drove down Main Street in Bangor has been jailed for driving at excessive speeds.Twenty-six-year-old Chad Pike, of Bangor, was doing wheelies – raising his front tire up – and going 61 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone when he was stopped by Hashey, who was driving an unmarked police car.Trooper Chris Hashey says he took Pike to jail because he was going at a dangerous speed.
Republicans are filling mailboxes in Senate District 7 with fliers attacking the Democratic candidate as a member of a liberal establishment responsible for Maine’s tax burden and job losses, while Democrats fire back with attacks on the GOP candidate’s personal finances.Republican Louis Maietta Jr.