Illinois governor accused of brash plot to get rich
Rod Blagojevich of Illinois tried to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder, the FBI says.
Phone calls swamp state jobless centers
Thousands of calls are cut off or abandoned in past week
Banker: Recovery starting to work
But the missteps that led to today's problems were years in the making, TD Banknorth's CEO says.
Planned influx of refugees debated
Some predict a strain on social services. Others say Iraqis uprooted by a U.S.-led war deserve our help.
Portland delegation suffers power shortage in Legislature
After enjoying leadership roles for many years, the lawmakers seek slots to protect the city's interests.
Domestic violence deaths more than double over 2007
Maine health care workers are urged to look harder for signs of domestic violence and sex abuse.
Cianbro to use old factory for training
The former show factory will be a central training facility in the town where Cianbro Corp. was born.
Species battles back on Penobscot
Researchers use sonar to reveal a growing population of shortnose sturgeon wintering in the river.
Judge won't block cleanup of mercury
But more appeals are likely concerning an order to remove tainted soil at Orrington landfills.
A crisis bright spot: Cost of oil, gas falls DOE slashes energy demand forecast
Crude slides to about $42 a barrel, and a 2009 forecast predicts demand will fall by 450,000 barrels a day.
Toy Fund: Lobstermen's families try to ride out financial storm
The global recession eats into demand and earnings, forcing some Mainers to seek the toy fund's help.
The bailout bill now being discussed may not be enough to rescue the Big Three.
As the state gets older, Maine will have to be creative to keep and attract older workers.
Where are all the socialists? Here, there and everywhere
While some work within mainstream politics, others prefer to influence issues in their own groups.
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Brewer Automotive Components plans shutdown
Small-Business Boost A loan program unveiled last week fills an important void by targeting money to
Insurance Reform The country’s health insurance industry was praised last week for joining the
Cruelest lies often told in silence Today is a pretty important anniversary. Sixty years ago the world’s
Recognizing economic human rights Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
More aid for older Mainers sought
AUGUSTA -- Advocates for the elderly plan to expand legislation requesting an additional $1 million for aid programs, despite state budget shortfalls.
Gardiner gets $25,000 grant for playground
GARDINER -- The city recently received $25,000 toward the cost of a new playground on Gardiner Common.
CHINA: Voters to elect new school unit
CHINA -- On Feb. 3, voters will elect the town's two members of the Regional School Unit 18 board of directors and decide at least four and maybe six local questions -- and they won't have as long as usual to do it.
Cryptozoologist to speak at UMA
AUGUSTA -- Researcher and author Loren Coleman, who has written 30 books on Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster and other animal mysteries, will speak at the University of Maine at Augusta on Saturday.
Cianbro eyes expansion in Pittsfield
PITTSFIELD -- The Cianbro Corp. plans to purchase the former San Antonio Shoe factory off Waverly Avenue for use as its central training center.
Thinking beyond themselves
AUGUSTA -- Two St. Michael School sixth-graders decided on a whopper of a good deed this holiday season: They donated all their birthday presents to the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers.
State expands struggle against domestic abusers
Seventeen Mainers have been killed so far this year by their spouses, ex-spouses, partners or ex-partners. That's more than twice the number of domestic violence-related homicides in 2007.
GEORGE SMITH : Lucky us! We're expected to bail out the nation's stalled economy
Get out there and spend, you miserly peasants! Don't you know it's Christmas, the season of giving and getting, when retailers count on as much as 50 percent of their annual sales?
PAMELA M. PRAH : States' budget gaps balloon to $97 billion
Still reeling from high gas prices this summer and plummeting retirement savings this fall, Americans will soon be feeling the pinch in other ways -- from increased tuition to potentially higher taxes, as states try to close some $97 billion in budget gaps over the next two years.
5 poisoned by CO in Maine
SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) - Carbon monoxide poisoning is being blamed for the hospitalization of five people who lived in a duplex in South Portland.
Probe finds air toxins around Maine schools
Two northern Maine schools are in toxic hot spots and several tri-county schools are located in areas likely to have poisonous chemicals and cancer-causing agents in the air, according to an investigative report by USA Today.
Estimate on pilfered pills increases to 6,000
In parks, battle of the butts
Lewiston's city council is on the right track with its concern about cigarette butts and dog waste in city parks. The presence of both turns what should be a community asset into an impromptu trash dump.
Obama finds comfort in lessons from Lincoln
Barack Obama has been accused of hubris and arrogance for his continuing references of identification with Abraham Lincoln, who by the measure of many was the greatest of all our presidents.
Panel Reviews Use Of Deadly Force In Cases Involving Mentally Ill
A new report recommends that law enforcement officers in Maine be given more information about people with mental illness who could pose a danger to the public. The findings of a task force convened by Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe propose, among other steps, a change in state law that would require mental health workers to disclose pertinent information to police.
December 9, 2008 Reported By: A.J. Higgins
As Maine's statistics on domestic violence-related deaths surge to new levels, a coalition of medical violence prevention professionals is calling for earlier detection of the signs of domestic violence and sexual assault.
December 9, 2008 Reported By: Josie Huang
In November, the country lost more than a half million jobs, the biggest monthly cut in 34 years. Maine has not been immune. To date, employers have slashed 4,000 jobs over the course of the year, according to the State Department of Labor.
December 9, 2008 Reported By: Anne Ravana
An increase in home gardening and a desire to save money have prompted a surge in the popularity of old-fashioned root cellars. Root cellars aren't just a place to throw a bag of potatoes. In fact, maintaining proper temperature and moisture levels is a tricky science.
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