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Maine News for Monday, March 21, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Time fades for action on budget
State House: Lawmakers must act before Tuesday to get a balancing plan in place by June 30.

FairPoint to close on phone takeover
Today, Verizon gives up its land line and Web business in the largest telecom deal in the region's history.

STATE HOUSE NOTES: Nonprofit thinks it may have budget solution

Fight over school unions headed for a showdown
Legislators should not approve an attempt to make mischief with the school merger law.

Matthew KillmeierReal ID puts Mainers' privacy at risk
The state should continue to oppose Homeland Security on adopting this unsecure license.

ANOTHER VIEW: Teachers not just laborers, but true professionals
Denying those working to educate the young a chance for self-improvement is a mistake.

Bangor Daily News
DOT OKs lighting up Narrows bridge necklace

BUCKSPORT, Maine - The lights are back on at the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, and they're likely to remain on for a while.

Mainers' food stamp use on rise

AUGUSTA, Maine - One in eight Mainers depends on food stamps to help feed themselves and their families, but the increasing cost of food means the benefit does not go as far as it did just a year ago.

No Pain for Legislators

As the Legislature completed the dirty but necessary job of cutting state spending to close a $190 million revenue gap, a refrain heard at the State House - especially when $65 million was cut from the Department of Health and Human Services - was that legislators should feel some of the pain that will be endured by the poor, disabled and elderly.

Green Lobster For Sale

Few food products are as well 'branded' as the Maine lobster. It’s so well branded, in fact, that disreputable retailers in other parts of the country have tried to sell shellfish that don't even remotely resemble the state's iconic seafood under the Maine lobster label.

'MythBusters' draws more than 2,000 to UM

ORONO, Maine - Are there more germs on your toilet or your computer keyboard? Does Corona beer really contain trace amounts of urine? Will sitting too close to the television screen really ruin your eyes?

Kennebec Journal

Obscure office in budget battle Lawmakers clash over funding for watchdog agency
AUGUSTA -- A tiny fraction of the $190 million budget played an outsized role in debates last week, bringing recognition to a little-known state government office.

Maine's budget clock goes tick tock, tick tock
AUGUSTA -- The state Senate and House are scheduled to be back in session today to continue budget deliberations.

Kevin Mattson redeveloping Augusta's largest building
Kevin Mattson is hard to pin down. Developer of numerous projects in southern and central Maine and even a couple out of state, he is constantly on the go from one location to another.

Editorials: Statewide building code more efficient
"Today, Maine's lack of a uniform statewide building code seriously hinders redevelopment by injecting uncertainty into investors' decision making, consuming time, and making clear guidance from a central source impossible to obtain."

Sun Journal
FairPoint deal OK'd
PORTLAND - FairPoint Communications Inc. becomes northern New England's biggest phone company on Monday after an eleventh-hour tussle with regulators. Customers, however, will barely notice the change.

Obama's Penn State rally draws an estimated 22,000
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - After two days of visiting sports bars and steel plants and bowling badly, Barack Obama got back Sunday to what he does best.

Supporters urge Clinton to keep fighting
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) - Debra Starks has heard the calls for Hillary Rodham Clinton to quit the presidential race, and she's not happy about it.

Lieberman: Party has changed
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman blasted the Democratic Party Sunday as protectionist, isolationist and hyperpartisan.

Our do-nothing government
In response to Kenneth Chance's letter March 25, I also believe the United States has dropped the ball on controlling oil prices.

Hannaford Learns How Breach Occurred
Hannaford Brothers officials say they now know how a massive data breach occurred, exposing four point two million credit and debit cards to fraud. Hannaford has told state officials in Maine and Massachusetts that the breach was caused by new and sophisticated software installed on the servers of each store in the Hannaford chain. Keith McKeen reports.

Forest Industry Fears Consequences of Federal Cuts
President Bush is proposing dramatic budget cuts to federal and state forestry programs that Maine's forest service director says will eliminate 100 years of support for forest conservation. Alec Giffen says he's bracing for a 60 percent reduction in funding next year for landowner stewardship programs, fire suppression and pest management considered crucial to the health of Maine's forests. Forest rangers could be laid off. And as Susan Sharon reports...the cuts could not come at a worse time.

Battle of the Budget Continues
As the battle over the state's $190 million supplemental budget spilled over into its second day in the Maine Senate, Democratic leaders there attempted to convince three of their members to abandon their efforts for a separate budget deal with Senate Republicans. With 18 members to the Republicans' 17, Senate Democratic leaders are well aware that every vote on the budget will count. But as A.J. Higgins reports, they were less sure whether they could count on their fellow Democrats.

Lawmakers Water Down Milk Proposals
Do you ever think about where the milk you buy comes from? (and no I don't mean cows!) Maine legislators today agreed to water down proposals aimed at tightening the definition of milk. The bill was initiated by former state senator, goat farmer and director of the North East States Association of Agricultural Stewardship, Marge Kilkelly. Tom Porter has the story.