The upheaval on Wall Street has forced Maine’s housing agency to raise its rates on the lower-interest loans it provides to first-time home buyers.
MaineHousing’s no-points rate this month has risen to 6.35 percent, up from 5.5 percent a month earlier.
Homicide detectives were back at the scene over the weekend, seeking clues in the slaying of a 52-year-old man found dead Thursday night in his home in Augusta.
Law enforcement officials say they believe Michael Roderick was killed that same day. An autopsy was performed Friday but the cause of death is being withheld.
Fire fighters were called to a mobile home on the Old Waterville Road in Oakland at around 3:30 am.
When crews arrived, the back of the home was engulfed in flames.
Folks in Pittsfield spent this weekend cutting wood, not for themselves, but for those in need.
Christopher Hopkins, headmaster of Maine Central Institute, is collecting firewood for needy families.
About 40 cords of wood have already been delivered.
Maine’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles warns that new identification requirements that take effect next month will mean longer lines for applicants seeking to obtain or renew licenses. The new rules that require applicants to prove they are U.S. citizens or are in the country legally were adopted in response to legislation enacted this year to avert a standoff between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Maine. As of Nov. 15, applicants will have to show up with proper identification, such as a passport or certified copy of a birth certificate. Deputy Secretary of State Cathie Curtis predicts that the new rules will prolong visits to BMV branch offices, causing stress for applicants and employees.
A group seeking to repeal Maine’s school
consolidation law has filed repeal petitions with the secretary of
Lawrence ":Skip": Greenlaw, who chairs the Maine Coalition to
Save Schools, said the group delivered 61,142 signatures Friday.
Plum Creek Timber Co. has accepted regulators’ conditions for its large-scale development plan for the Moosehead Lake region that calls for nearly 1,000 house lots, two large resorts and more than 400,000 acres of land conservation. Now the Land Use Regulation Commission staff will craft additional documents outlining the plan’s implementation. The final Mplan is expected to be put up for final approval early next year. LURC in September gave its approval to Plum Creek’s proposal, including a controversial plan to develop a resort on Lily Bay, an unspoiled area that conservationists wanted left alone. The project has drawn vocal criticism since it was first proposed 3 years ago. Opponents say the development is too large and out of character for the region, while supporters say it will bring much-need economic development to the region.
Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins is urging GOP presidential contender John McCain to stop making automated calls into her state that link Democratic nominee Barack Obama to a 1960s radical. Collins spokesman Kevin Kelley says such tactics have no place in Maine politics and Collins wants the McCain campaign to stop these calls immediately. McCain traveled to North Carolina in advance of a rally today. His campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Collins is being challenged for re-election by Democratic Rep. Tom Allen. She also serves as a co-chairwoman of McCain’s Maine campaign committee. The so-called robo calls refer to Obama’s ties to one-time Weather Underground leader William Ayers. They’re being made not only in Maine, but also Nevada, Wisconsin and other targeted states.
Maine State Police are seeking the public’s help in solving the killing of a 52-year-old man who was found dead inside his home in Augusta. Police say Michael Roderick was found Thursday night by a friend who stopped to visit at his house on Route 17. The state medical examiner’s office has ruled the death a homicide, but police aren’t releasing the cause of death. State police spokesman Stephen McCausland said police are asking motorists to contact them if they have information regarding any cars or people going in and out of Roderick’s driveway on Thursday.
Gov. John Baldacci is taking steps to help Maine’s lobster industry as it suffers through tough times brought on by the world’s economic woes. Baldacci has directed members of his administration to meet with financial institutions and look at other ways to help lobstermen and others in the lobster industry survive the difficult financial times. The prices paid to lobstermen have fallen to as low as $2 a pound in many places, which is about half what they got last year at this time. Industry members say consumer demand is soft and that processors who normally buy large volumes this time of year have their hands tied because of tight credit markets. Baldacci said the situation is creating a crisis for thousands of families and the ":very life blood": of many small towns.":
LINDA DUTIL WAS THE PRESENTER.
SHE’S A REGISTERED NURSE IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM…
DUTIL TRAVELS THE COUNTRY HOLDING THIS TYPE OF PROGRAM…
SHE SHARES PERSONAL STORIES AND EXPERIENCES FROM THE E-R… AND TEACHES STUDENTS IMPORTANT INTERVENTION SKILLS…
RESIDENTS OF HARTLAND ATTENDED A MEETINGTHURSDAY NIGHT TO FIND OUT WHY THEIR TOWN MANAGER WAS PUT ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE…..
MANY OF THEM SAY THEY LEFT DISAPPOINTED…
HARTLAND SELECTMEN MET WITH PEGGY MORGAN THURSDAY… IN PRIVATE….
Skip Greenlaw dropped off the 12 boxes Friday morning.
Now the bureau of elections must verify that the signatures are valid.
Don Cookson, spokesperson for the Secretary of State says that process might not be finished until February.
EVEN THOUGH THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS MORE THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY…A LOT OF MAINERS HAVE ALREADY CAST THEIR VOTES..
DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE JULIE FLYNN SAYS BY WEDNESDAY MORNING, VOTERS HAD REQUESTED MORE THAN 70-THOUSAND ABSENTEE BALLOTS AND HAD RETURNED NEARLY 29-THOUSAND OF THEM.
MAINE IS GETTING 80-MILLION DOLLARS IN HOME HEATING FUNDS…..
THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WILL RELEASE THE MONEY FOR THE LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM… OR LI-HEAP…..
New regulations for scallop dragging are being proposed.
Department of Marine Resources Officials say landings have been down in recent years and the new regulations are a conservation measure.
Fishermen say converting their gear to bigger rings and reducing the number of days they can harvest scallops will be expensive and devastate the industry.
52 year old Michael Roderick was found dead at his home Thursday night.
Police have ruled his death a homicide and are asking for help.
Michael Roderick is described as a man who kept to himself.
Republican candidate Sarah Palin spoke to a crowd of nearly six-thousand people inside a hangar at the airport.
There she told mainers they have a choice – and hopes they’ll take the McCain-Palin ticket to the top on November fourth.
PLANS TO DEVELOP THE ISLAND HAVE BEEN A HOT DEBATE TOPIC FOR MANY YEARS.
WEDNESDAY, STATE LAWMAKERS WERE ASKED TO VOTE ON WHETHER TO ALLOW MAINE COAST HERITAGE TRUST, THE SIERRA CLUB AND THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO DIVIDE UP USE OF THE 941 ACRE ISLAND.