Former Husson University president William Beardsley has filed paperwork to run for governor on the Republican ticket.Beardsley left Husson December 31st, after leading the school for 23 years.He’ll make a formal announcement about his candidacy later this week.Nearly two dozen people have registered to run for governor.The party primaries are held in June, the general election is in November.
Maine’s anti-tobacco report card has taken a hit.Four years ago, our state was tops in the nation: scoring straight A’s on the American Lung Association’s report card.But last year, Maine scored just one “A.” It was in the category, “protection from second hand smoke.”Maine got C’s in the other three categories: tobacco prevention, helping smokers quit, and cigarette taxes.The lung association’s Ed Miller says the falling grades translate into premature deaths and preventable illnesses.He believes lawmakers should hike the cigarette tax to further discourage smoking.
If you fill out your own tax forms you just might be missing out on some substantial tax credits.As it turns out, thousands of people in eastern Maine are missing out on a key tax credit.It’s called the Earned Income Tax Credit, and it’s available to low-income workers and families.It’s estimated that one in four taxpayers nationwide who is eligible isn’t even aware of the money available to them.
Maine dairy farmers are getting a boost from Hannaford supermarkets.The grocery chain will stock locally produced dairy products, with a sticker that says “keep local farms.”It’s an effort, they say, to help New England’s struggling dairy farmers make more money and stay in business.
Fire fighters spent part of the night battling a fire in Washington.Crews from four departments were called to the Augusta Road around 10:45 Tuesday night.We’re told the homeowner was slightly injured when he escaped from the burning mobile home.He was able to run to a neighbor’s house, where they called 911.Fire fighters were on the scene for about two hours.There has been no word yet on damages or a cause.
A drunk driver who ran over and killed a summer camp counselor in Mount Vernon was sentenced on Tuesday.35-year-old Joseph Rouleau was sentenced to 8 years in jail and four years probation.He pled guilty to manslaughter in December after he struck a deal with prosecutors.21-year-old Corrie Lazar of Seattle, Washington was a college senior working a summer job at Camp Laurel.She was walking when she was struck by Rouleau’s car.Police say his blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.
Forecasting the future of Maine’s economy, that was the topic of a presentation at a business breakfast sponsored by the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.James Breece is the Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Maine System.He says there are a lot of positive signs that our state’s economy is recovering from the recession.
Testimony continued Wednesday in the trial of a Bangor man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend.David Archer is charged with attempted murder.Police were called to Hudson Street in Bangor in April 2008.They say they found a 22-year-old woman who had been stabbed.The woman identified her attacker as her ex-boyfriend, David Archer.Archer’s mother took the stand today.The state played segments from three recorded phone calls that took place between Archer and his mother while he was in jail.The defense then requested all the phone calls be played in their entirety, arguing that pieces of the conversations could lead the jury to think a particular way.Assistant District Attorney Greg Campbell says he was happy with Archer’s mother’s testimony.”She was in a very difficult position, after all this is her son’s 35th birthday and she was asked to come in and testify in the case.
When you think of clothes pins, you most likely think of hanging out your laundry.But one Florida-based artist has taken them to a whole other level in Bangor.Meghan Hayward explains.There’s a large-scale sculpture that will be on display at the University of Maine Museum of Art that’s expected to turn a few heads, it’s made out of clothes pin.” I try to count.