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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Maine News for Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Groups to cite poll in renewing push for paid sick days A bill held over in the Legislature would affect companies with 25 or more employees.

Community colleges 'a winning formula' Enrollment rises again as the system fills the need of some Mainers to explore career paths for a low cost.
U.S. senators urge release of heating aid

Retired admiral from Maine urges public to be patient Crises abound in Iraq but progress is being made, says Gregory Johnson.

Giuliani talks tough on borders In his first Maine campaign visit, the GOP candidate for president says illegal immigration must end.

Ron BancroftState does need Streamlining Commission It has become apparent that without some outside evaluation, little or nothing will be done.


KENNEBEC VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE Name change linkedto rising enrollments FAIRFIELD -- The number of students attending classes at Kennebec Valley Community College has increased by more than 30 percent in the five years since the state changed the names of technical colleges to community colleges.

Paid sick leave campaigngetting under way today AUGUSTA -- Supporters of a bill that would require all companies with 25 or more employees to provide paid sick days will launch a four-month campaign today in Portland.

Lax policing of the lakes BELGRADE LAKES -- Members of lake associations throughout the Belgrade Lakes watershed are looking for ways to bolster shoreline code enforcement in an attempt to reduce pollution and maintain property values.

MOOSEHEAD PROPOSALCommission's job: Well-planned development In early November, the state's Land Use Regulation Commission, or LURC, will begin formal public hearings on Plum Creek's proposal to develop subdivisions and resorts in the Moosehead Lake Area. It's a crucial juncture in what has so far been a fiercely contentious process.


DOT worker killed in collisionTuesday, September 25, 2007KOSSUTH TOWNSHIP, Maine - A Grand Lake Stream man was killed and two others injured when a Maine Department of Transportation dump truck collided with a fully loaded logging truck on Route 6 Monday morning, Maine State Police said.

Study: Maine slipping as work changesMonday, September 24, 2007AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine does not have enough workers with the skills needed for the state's emerging economy and is not providing the training and educational opportunities needed to fill jobs that are available today, according to a study given to a legislative panel last week.

Today's Editorial:
The Impeachment TrapVulnerable candidates, multiple scandals, an unpopular war and a slate of competent opponents -congressional Republicans are in trouble for 2008, as many in their own party have pointed out.

Downtown, Extended


Our View
Foreclosures have earned state scrutiny
As subprime mortgages collapsed, and homeowner after homeowner entered foreclosure, the inherent instability of lending vast sums of money to people with questionable credit, or means to repay it, was painfully exposed.


Community Colleges Proud of Growth, But Say New Funding Is Critical
Enrollment in Maine's community college system has grown by 57 percent over the past five years, and systems officials joined political leaders in celebrating the news. However, college administrators say the rapid growth is severely taxing the system's facilities, and they're asking Maine voters to to approve a 15 and a half million dollar bond package on the November ballot. Keith McKeen reports.

New Funding Formula Considered for Maine State Police
The Maine State Police could be looking at a new funding formula pending the recommendation of a special legislative panel that met today at the State House. Curently, about 60 percent of the state police budget comes from the state Highway Fund with the remainder taken from the General Fund. But as A.J. Higgins reports, some lawmakers on the state's Transportation Committee would like to free up more road improvement dollars for the state by forcing the General Fund to assume a larger piece of the pie.

New Plan for East-West Highway (from Morning Edition)
Cianbro Corporation President Peter Vigue talks with local host Irwin Gratz about his plans for a privately-financed highway across central Maine.