The average retail gasoline price in Maine continues its downward slide, but still remains higher than it was a year ago.A survey by the price-watching website MaineGasPrices.com says prices Sunday were 2.6 cents per gallon less than they were a week earlier, averaging $3.37 per gallon.The statewide average was 12.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago, but still 27.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago.Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan says that as 2012 closes in, retail prices might climb slightly higher again.
Governor LePage is expected to unveil a plan this week to close a $120 million deficit in the budget for the state Department of Health and Human Services.While details of the plan have yet to be revealed, LePage said during his weekly radio address Saturday that the state can no longer afford a Medicaid program that provides health insurance to some 19,000 low-income adults who do not have children.LePage says the program which began in 2002 has cost the state nearly $40 million dollars over the past two years.Supporters of the program say it would be wrong to take health coverage away from residents at this time.Democratic leaders have urged LePage to consider balancing the department’s budget by looking for cuts in other agencies.
An arrest warrant turned into a foot chase for Bangor police Sunday.Officers were called to the K-Mart store around 5:30 p.m.They had gotten word that Sean Latham, 25, was inside.The westbrook man had a warrant for Felony Robbery out of Southern Maine.Officers say when they approached Latham, he took off.
More than 17,000 unemployment recipients in Maine could be cut off in the weeks and months ahead as federal emergency extended-benefits programs come to an end.Maine Labor Commissioner Robert Winglass says the state is preparing for expiration of the programs, which provide additional weeks of jobless benefits to workers who exhaust regular state unemployment benefits without finding new employment.Winglass says the Labor Department’s Career Centers are adding workshops and increasing outreach to unemployment recipients.
The owner of a Maine ski area has been hospitalized after being run over by a snow-grooming vehicle.Police say 40-year-old David Beers and another man were trying to make repairs to the snow groomer at Eaton Mountain Ski Area in Skowhegan on Sunday when the 18,000 pound vehicle slipped into gear and rolled over Beers.The victim, who lives in Massachusetts, suffered serious injuries and was flown by helicopter to the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
A portion of the Bennoch Road in Alton was closed for nearly two hours Sunday night, following an accident.Officials say when they arrived on scene the vehicle was up against trees, with two people trapped inside.
An Augusta man has been charged with threatening another city resident at the occupy encampment at Capitol Park.Police say the 27-year-old man is known only as Jarody.Police say he threatened another Augusta resident with a sledgehammer.He’s due in court in January.