Committee Approves Budget Package

Updated 6 years ago

The Maine Legislature’s budget-reviewing

committee has approved a spending package for the current fiscal

year that closes a gap that’s grown to $166 million.

Legislative leaders say the Appropriations Committee voted

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Phone Transition Scam

Updated 6 years ago

The transition from Verizon to Fairpoint gains momentum beginning on Friday, and regulators are warning that some are trying to take advantage of the confusion.

The Public Utilities Commission says that during the complex transition taking place over the next couple of weeks, scammers may try to seek personal information from Maine residents and businesses.

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Augusta Store Robbed

Updated 6 years ago

At around 10:30pm police got a call from the clerk at the Big Apple store on State Street.

He said two robbers were wearing black hooded shirts and handed him a note saying they had a gun and wanted money.

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Kidnapping Arrests

Updated 6 years ago

43-year-old Edwin Duquette was arrested after police received information from the FBI that a 28-year-old man from Massachusetts was being held at a home on Flanders Corner Road against his will.

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Sears Island Development

Updated 6 years ago

The plan was developed by a committee representing diverse interests and approved by the legislature’s transportation committee.

It marks a significant parcel of Sears Island for conservation, and another parcel for potential port development.

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Augusta Family Homeless After Fire

Updated 6 years ago

The fire broke out at around 7:21pm at the home on the Church Hill Road.

The Augusta battalion chief said the fire started in the garage, and spread to the rest of the house.

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Glitch in the System

Updated 6 years ago

Traffic came to a standstill when the lights at a railroad crossing went off. The only problem was, there wasn’t a train in the area.

The malfunction shut down traffic on N. Main and Center St., and prevented people from traveling across the Penobscot bridge.

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Burglary Arrest

Updated 6 years ago

19-year-old Nicholas Newell is being charged with several counts of theft, burglary, and criminal mischief.

State police say they received a call at about 1 o’clock Wednesday morning when the Newcomb Saddle and Gun Shop in Perry was broken into and three handguns were stolen.

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L.L. Bean Wage Freeze

Updated 6 years ago

The Freeport-based company says it is freezing all wages and salaries for the entire workforce in the comming year.

Company spokeswoman Carolyn Beem says the move eliminates the need to terminate 75 to 100 positions.

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Tribal Reps Make the Call

Updated 6 years ago

The Maine House of Representatives added the names of the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes’ representatives to the official roll call board on display in the chamber on Wednesday.

With the change, representatives Wayne Mitchell and Donald Soctomah will have their attendance at legislative sessions noted and entered into the legislative record.

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Guard Deployment

Updated 6 years ago

A send-off ceremony for members of the 286th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24th at Bangor High School’s Peakes Auditorium.

The 82 soldiers will deploy for one year in support of operation enduring freedom.

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Wind Power in Eastern Maine

Updated 6 years ago

Governor John Baldacci joins First Wind officials Thursday afternoon to mark the start of commercial operations at the New Stetson wind project near Danforth.

First Wind says the 38 turbine Stetson windmills will produce the equivalent power needs of 23,500 homes.

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Reed Behind Bars

Updated 6 years ago

William Dana Reed of Orono was sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty in Penobscot County Superior Court last week to attempting to engage in a sex act in a public place.

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Update on Salmonella Outbreak

Updated 6 years ago

&quot:Our investigation still indicates that four Maine people have been infected with the Salmonella strain associated with the national outbreak that has infected nearly 500 people in 43 states,&quot: said Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH, the Director of the Maine CDC. &quot:Fortunately, the affected people in Maine are recovering.&quot:

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Weight Watchers

Updated 6 years ago

Reading packages has never been more confusing, The more we seem to &quot:learn&quot: about nutrition, the more complicated it seems to be to make smart choices in the supermarket, especially when we’re trying to reach and maintain our healthy weights!

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Husson President Steps Down

Updated 6 years ago

Beardsley announced Thursday he’ll leave Husson at the end of 2009. He’s served as president and CEO since 1987. He’s also the CEO of the New England School of Communications.

Beardsley told Husson Board Chair Arthur Fuller in a letter that Husson has momentum and strong leadership and this is a good time for him to hand over the reigns.

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Updated 6 years ago

MPBN announced last month it would close its radio stations in Calais and Fort Kent, as well as its TV station in Calais to save money.

That’s in response to cuts in state and federal funding.

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Collins Secures Seat

Updated 6 years ago

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senate leaders have appointed U.S. Senator Susan Collins to a seat on the oldest and most powerful of Senate committees-the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for approving all federal discretionary funding. Senator Collins’ membership marks the first time that Maine has been represented on this coveted panel since Margaret Chase Smith served on it in 1972.

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More Budget Cuts

Updated 6 years ago

School systems across the state are beginning to feel the impact from cuts in state funding. The city of Augusta has a million dollar gap to fill, which could put teachers out of work, take away sports programs, or possibly close schools. Augusta is struggling to come up with $1M to $1.5M to continue funding schools. Augusta has six schools in the city, there are two that could be shut down to save money. Hussey Elementary and Hodgkins Junior High are on that list. Combined, more than five-hundred students attend those schools. City Manager Bill Bridgeo says closing Hodgkins could close the budget gap. Bridgeo says he’s heard mixed reactions from community members. Some say shutting school doors isn’t the answer. If Hodgkins closed, students could end up going to Cony High where there is room to accommodate them.

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Bucksport Man Out On Bail

Updated 6 years ago

A Bucksport man is free on bail after police say they linked him to a web broadcast showing the sexual assault of a six-year old boy in Michigan. Investigators say 42-year old Elmer Stevens was arrested last friday on charges of criminal solicitation. Authorities in Michigan contacted Maine State Police after allegedly identifying Stevens as one of the web viewers. His laptop was confiscated and police plan to examine the contents before deciding on additional charges. Stevens has been ordered to have no contact with children. He’s due in court in april.

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