On Thursday parents, lawmakers, scientists, health professionals, as well as public health and environmental activists spoke out against toxic chemicals in consumer products and in favor of Maineâ€™s ground-breaking new law.Â They urged the BEP to adopt important new rules to get the law fully in place and underway, while offering warnings of chemical industry stall tactics designed to delay and derail the law from ever working as it was intended.Â In April 2008, the governor signed into law LD 2048, An Act to Protect Children’s Health and the Environment from Toxic Chemicals in Toys and Children’s Products.
A 42-year-old former science teacher at Mount View Junior High in Thorndike is expected to go on trial on child pornography charges next month.Michael Douglas of Augusta is charged with two counts of possession of sexually explicit materials.
Maine’s Attorney General is investigating allegations of price-fixing among some lobster dealers in the state.Spokeswoman Kate Simmons says the investigation is in the early stages and is expected to last several months.It was launched after the office received a letter signed by more than 50 lobstermen seeking a probe into the conduct of lobster dealers.Investigators are focusing on whether lobster dealers violated the state’s commerce and trade laws.The probe comes as lobstermen continue to suffer from low prices brought on by the recession.
A Canadian company wants to expand a wind power project on Sisk Mountain in Franklin County.A public hearing on the proposal was held in Augusta Wednesday.Trans Canada wants to rezone more than 600 acres to add to an area already zoned for their wind power project.Supporters, like Pittsfield’s state representative Stacy Fitts, say it’s a great opportunity for Maine.Those opposed to the rezoning groups like the Citizen’s Task Force on Wind Power and Friends of the Boundary Mountains say there needs to be more regulation and discussion when it comes to wind power.
Â A Searsport man is in the Waldo County Jail charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault.Police say he shot a man from Frankfort early this morning – and then was shot himself, by a state trooper.Meghan Hayward reports.” What we know is these two men got into a quarrel in the back of a car.
President Barack Obama has signed a bill that allows trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds to travel I-95 north of Augusta.Since 1994, trucks over 80,000 pounds have had to exit I-95 at Augusta and travel on secondary roads through towns and cities, raising concerns about safety and wear and tear on state roads.Sen.
An accident in Old Town Wednesday, sent three people to the hospital.Police say the two vehicles involved were traveling in opposite directions on Route 43 just after 12:00 PM.They say the pick-up truck was trying to make a left hand turn onto Route 116, but the driver didn’t see the car coming, so they crashed head on.Officer Joshua Loring says this can be a tricky intersection.
Maine is ranked as one of the worst states to be an animal abuser.The Animal Legal Defense Fund released the report, finding that our state’s laws regarding animal abuse are strong and have teeth.They point to the fact that Maine has felony penalties for cruelty, neglect and abandonment, and enhanced penalties for repeat abusers.Maine got top marks along with California, Illinois, Michigan and Oregon.States in the doghouse are Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Dakota.
FairPoint’s CEO says they’re looking at growth in Maine, even after filing for bankruptcy in October and facing criticism from state officials.CEO David Hauser came to Bangor to speak to The Action Committee of 50, part of a forum on local economic issues.Hauser says FairPoint is adding customers and looking to expand broadband services in Maine over the next few years.