A commission that will help decide the fate of LURC briefed lawmakers on their progress Thursday.The briefing comes after a series of meetings all over the state to get public input on the future of LURC.LURC oversees around 10-million acres of unorganized territory in MaineMembers of the commission gave the Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Committee some of the ideas they’ve come up with to reform LURC.Some of those ideas include putting wind power projects under the control of the Department of Environmental Protection.
A man from Bangor found not guilty by reason of insanity for stabbing a fellow tenant at a boarding house reported to a psychiatric hospital Thursday to begin serving his sentence.49-year-old Clinton Grubbs was ordered Monday to the Riverview Psychiatric Hospital in Augusta but was initially told a bed wouldn’t be available for two weeks.
Local organizations are trying to warn families of some of the dangers that can be found in their home.As part of lead poisoning prevention week health groups have advertised their concerns along city buses.Bangor’s Community Connector will be using this sign to remind people to check their homes for lead.Other buses in the fleet will carry signs inside.Penquis is one of the groups behind the effort, and say the effects of lead poisoning on kids can be devastating.”Nervous disorders, some of the rise in attention deficit disorder and problems like that ingestion, digestion problems, and it doesn’t take much, just a little bit of lead can ruin a child’s life,” said Michael Bush, Housing Developer for the group.If you’re interested in testing your home for lead, you can contact Penquis for a free testing kit at 973-3500.
A state police safety board has determined that a Maine state trooper could have prevented a crash that sent him to the hospital with minor injuries and caused $10,000 in damages to his cruiser.The board determined that Trooper Jedediah Malcore didn’t take appropriate evasive action when his cruiser just missed hitting two vehicles, veered off the road and rolled over on Aug.
Dozens of ideas have been submitted to Augusta by taxpayers as suggestions of how to save the state money.The suggestions are going through a website set up by a task force who has to find 25 million dollars worth of savings in the general fund to balance next years budget.The task force will give their recommendations to the Appropriations Committee by December 15th.You can still submit your proposal by visiting their website.
Multiple crews responded to a fire call in Plymouth Wednesday morning.Six different towns responded to the scene of a fully involved mobile home fire a little after 1:00 A.M..The initial call said there was smoke showing from the home on the Green Road.When fire fighters arrived it was fully engulfed in flames.According to neighbors, the family made it out of the home safely.Crews from the Plymouth Fire Department were still on the scene as of 4:00 A.M.No cause has been determined yet, but the Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate.
A new survey shows Mainers are feeling worse about the economy now than last spring, and about a third of those polled think it’ll improve in the next year.Critical Insights of Portland interviewed 600 people across the state by phone between last Tuesday and Saturday.A tenth of those responding said the economy is doing better than it was 12 months earlier.
Maine taxpayers are making their feelings known about how the state can save money as they submit their ideas to a government website.Among the more popular ideas are requiring drug tests for all welfare recipients, increasing taxes for everybody making over $250,000, limiting the time to file disability claims and cracking down on Medicaid cheats.Those and dozens of other ideas have been submitted by the public to the Streamline and Prioritize Core Government Services Task Force, which is in the process of finding $25 million in general fund savings to balance the next fiscal year’s state budget.The task force must report its recommendations to the Appropriations Committee by Dec.
Business was booming at the Maine State Chamber of Commerce Awards Ceremony Wednesday night.Recognition was given out to companies and individuals from across the state who have continued to thrive, despite the poor economy.John Ratzenberger was the keynote speaker, a name you might remember from his days as Cliff Clavin on the hit TV series “Cheers.”The Maine State Chamber joined Ratzenberger’s campaign to help create ten million new skilled jobs by 2020.
The billions of dollars needed for the President’s proposed jobs bill add up to nothing more than an old adage for Governor LePage.”If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck,” said the Governor.He says the bill would create nothing more than government handouts.”It’s not a jobs bill.