A workers compensation overhaul bill that Republicans say brings Maine’s law into line with other states has won initial House passage.Representatives voted 75-71 on Thursday along party lines, with majority Republicans saying the bill makes reforms in a program that’s too generous and subject to abuse.Democrats say the bill is a bad deal for workers.
A veteran Maine state trooper on trial for illegal sexual contact with a girl under the age of 14 has been assaulted in the courtroom.The sheriff’s office arrested 39-year-old William Harrison, of Charlestown, Mass., for assault on Thursday.Harrison is accused of assaulting 46-year-old Gregory Vrooman of Nobleboro just as the jury in Wiscasset was preparing to issue a verdict.
Madison police are warning residents to be careful after a local couple fell victim to common phone scam.Chief Barry Moores says the couple got a call this week from a man purporting to be their grandson saying he had accidentally bumped into someone on the street and caused him to fall down.
According to the National Association of Letter Carriers, a proposed bill could put an end to the way Americans get their mail.As it is written now, Senate Bill 1789 would cut services and eliminate thousands of US Postal Service jobs.Thursday, a group of people rallied outside of Senator Olympia Snowe’s office in Bangor.They were there to ask the Senator to take a closer look at the bill, and vote against it.Retired letter carrier John Curtis says it’s not only postcard and junk mail that you’ll find in your mail box.He says people get things like medication, tax returns, and social security checks through the mail too.The bill is expected to go before the US Senate on Monday.Curtis say depending on the outcome, they may have more rallies in the near future.
It was skating cats and dogs at great skates in Bangor Thursday evening.The Bangor Roller Derby League strapped on their skates to benefit a few of Bangorâ€™s furry friends.The derby girls dressed up in animal costumes to get the crowd aware of the Bangor Humane Society and how anyone can help them win a competition that would earn them $100,000.The humane society is the only shelter in Maine in the ASPCA Rachel Ray 100K challenge.If you would like to find out more information on the challenge, as well as vote for the Bangor humane society, you can log on to savebangorpets.com.If you are interested in learning more about the Bangor roller derby, you can visit bangorrollerderby.com.
Young photographers from all over Maine are showing off their best work this weekend.The Waterville Boys and Girls Club is once again sponsoring kids with cameras.More than 200 photos were entered this year, taken by Mainers aged 18 and under.The photos were judged by three professional photographers on four categories: originality, composition, technical, and impact.Several of the photographs will be sent to a regional competition and hopefully some will qualify for the national event.According to Steve Aucoin of the Waterville Boys and Girls Club, “We do our best to make sure that nothing in this cost any of the kids any money.
The University of Maine’s Graduate students were put in the spotlight Thursday.The University’s Grad Expo is a sharing place for students, faculty and the community.The event features student research exhibits, oral presentations and performances.It was part of Leadership Week to commemorate the inauguration of university President Paul Ferguson.”It’s a chance to see what everyone else is doing because we so often end up being isolated and we like to reach out to the global community too,” said Vice President of Graduate Student Government Kurt Klappenbach.The Grad Expo has been held at the university for fourteen years.
This Monday is the Boston Marathon and a trio of Maine men will be hitting the pavement but their journey isn’t about distance.Dale Lolar, Bob Bryant and Barry Dana are raising money for the Penobscot River Restoration Project.It’s an effort to remove dams on the river and restore it to its natural state.The marathon is extra special for the men for another reason.It marks the 100th anniversary of Andrew Sockalexis’ second place finish in the Boston Marathon.Sockalexis was an Olympian and a member of the Penobscot Indian Nation.”Not only is the river stretches along a lot of non native communities so for them to be able to go out and enjoy the river to have the rive in a cleaner state back to its original intent it’s gonna benefit everybody,” said Bob Bryant.To learn more about their fundraising efforts, you can log onto crowdrise.com/teampenobscotbostonmarathon.
Governor Paul LePage says he won’t sign the budget.LePage says he can’t put his signature on something that largely ignores welfare reform.He says he has major concerns about over-spending within the welfare program.He believes the budget as is puts Maine on the same path it’s been on for 40 years.LePage said he wouldn’t sign the budget but never said he would veto it.