Three bills that would add new restrictions on abortion in Maine face legislative committee reviews.The Judiciary Committee takes up the three bills Tuesday.One of the bills would require a 24-hour waiting period prior to an abortion, except in the case of a medical emergency.An “informed consent” bill would require that information about the risks of abortion be made available by a doctor to a woman seeking an abortion at least 24 hours before the procedure.Also, state health officials would have to develop a brochure describing the risks and alternatives to abortion.A third bill seeks to repeal Maine’s current adult consent law.
The impact of a proposed wind farm in western Maine on the northern bog lemming and Roaring Brook mayfly could threaten the Highland Plantation project.The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife expressed concerns about the planned wind farm’s impact on the two rare species when it submitted comments to the state agency reviewing the developer’s request for construction permits.Maine Today Media newspapers say Sunday that the wildlife department’s report to the Land Use Regulation Commission says the Highland Plantation project is not an appropriate site for the wind development because of the impacts on those and other species, such as spring salamanders, bats and birds.Highland Wind LLC says it was aware of the animals and thought it had taken measures to protect them.(The Associated Press)
Maine’s two senators and congressional leaders are weighing in on the killing of terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden Sunday.Senator Susan Collins released the following statement:”This welcome news is a credit to our intelligence efforts and brings to justice the architect of the attacks on our country that killed nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001.”Senator Olympia Snowe released this statement:â€œ(This) marks an historic and seminal moment for our nation and the world as it has been confirmed that Osama bin Laden â€“ who was responsible for the single deadliest attack on American soil â€“ is dead.”We are all a different people in America as a result of the horrific events of September 11, 2001, that are etched upon the landscape of our consciousness for all time.Â Out of the rubble on September 11th rose our resolve, out of despair grew our determination, and out of the hate that was perpetrated upon us proudly stood our humanity.Â We illustrated in word and deed that the iconic American spirit is stronger and more permanent than any pain or suffering that can be inflicted upon us.Â If the likes of Osama bin Laden laid bare the unimaginable cruelties of which humankind is capable, it also imbued forever within our minds the heights to which the human spirit can rise â€“ even and especially in the face of mortality.â€œThe resilience we recaptured as a country remains pressed upon our national psyche and the memory of the inspirational sacrifices of so many heroic Americans who perished that September morning will forever have a home in our hearts and our prayers â€“ as will all whose lives were tragically cut short by the hands of such ruthlessness.â€œI think about all of the soldiers who willingly joined the military specifically to fight because of what happened on 9-11, and the sacrifices of their families and the lives that have been lost.Â Indeed, we are forever grateful to the brave men and women of our armed forces and intelligence community who have laid their own lives on the line to keep our homeland safe and secure.Â Without their valiant efforts and unwavering dedication, this momentous moment in our nation’s history would not have been possible.â€This statement from Congressman Mike Michaud:â€œAll Americans remember with vivid detail the tragic events of September 11th, 2001.
Authorities confirm to TV5 that a man shot his brother in Dover Foxcroft last night.The call came in around 6:30 from the French Road.State Police say 20 year old Ryan Mayo was shot outside his home.State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland says one man was being questioned in connection with the shooting as detectives attempt to determine the circumstances.
Maine health officials say Lyme Disease cases have increased over the last five years in Maine and occur in all sixteen counties.The bacterial infection, which is carried by the deer tick, is preventable.The four best ways to prevent infection are to wear protective clothing, use insect repellent, perform daily tick checks and use caution in tick habitats.The most common early symptom of Lyme Disease is an expanding red rash within three to thirty-two days after being bitten.May is Lyme Disease awareness month.
Hundreds of people in Brewer put on their walking shoes Saturday for a good cause.Local families led the charge to help little ones who need it.Strolling down memory lane is bittersweet for the Pate family.”56 days in the NICU with Austin is best described as a rollercoaster of happiness and terror all in one.”Their first son was born early, and their second came just as prematurely.
Folks looking for a used bicycle or to sell one could head to the great bike swap in Orono Saturday.It was put on by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.This is the fourth year they have had the bike swap in Orono.Organizers say each year the turn-out gets bigger.” The mission of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine is to make Maine better for bicycling.
Quilts were on display in Bangor Saturday.The Bangor Bear Paws Quilters brought their work to the Sunbury Retirement Village.The organization does a lot of charity work.They meet once a month and share patterns and socialize.Saturday’s quilt show is to raise money for their club.” We use the money we do make for purchasing fabric for quilts that we make for others.”Folks interested in getting involved with the Bangor Bear Paws Quilters can contact Sunbury Village at 990-0864.
It’s the resurrection of Bumstock and it’s happening in Bangor.Saturday was the kick-off of the 2011 Waterfront Concerts series.The Avalanche Tour is an all day event, which is featuring bands Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman, Skillet, Halestorm and Art of Dying.Fifteen local bands are also taking part, performing throughout the day.Waterfront Concerts President, Alex Gray says folks are going to see a lot of diversity in the acts they are bringing to Bangor this year.” We know that the business owners like this, we know that the hotels like this and we know that the shops and restaurants like it.
Saturday was the grand opening of the centinnial commemoration of the Fire of 1911.Funding for the exhibit was raised by the Bangor Museum and History Center.Folks viewing the exhibit can expect to find photographs from the fire, artifacts and fire equipment that was used back in 1911.They will also find a fire mapping project that students from Bangor High School took part.
Folks hit the pavement in Brewer Saturday, all for a good cause.They were taking part in the Multiple Sclerosis walk.Other walks were taking place throughout the state.MS is a neurological disease that affects people in different ways and degrees.About 400 people came out for Saturday’s event.” We don’t want to have to have these walks anymore and people need to be aware and the only way they can be aware is by raising money for funding of research.”Eighty percent of the money will stay locally and the rest goes to research.
Folks had the chance to get rid of unwanted or expired prescription drugs Saturday.The Bangor Police and Penobscot Sheriff’s Department were collecting the medication at two locations in Bangor, Cascade Park and behind the Airport Mall.It’s a free service.And those involved say it’s vital to the public’s safety to offer something like this.This is the second time they have offered this in Bangor and they say the turn out has been tremendous.” Obviously we have a tremendous prescription pill problem in Maine and this is a good way to get them out of your cabinets.
Authorities say a Maine man has died while out ATV riding with two friends.The Maine Warden Service says 50-year-old Glen Lang of Sebago was driving behind two ATVs a little before 8 Friday night.Authorities say Lang attempted to pass his friends but clipped one of the ATVs, lost control, went of the road and struck a tree.Lang died at the scene.