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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Maine News for April 10, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Businesses add to heat generated by plan to increase cigarette tax
State House: Those who sell tobacco products try to galvanize opposition to the added cost.

Bill to aid homeowners OK'd
State House: A measure passes to keep predatory lenders from shady forms of foreclosure purchasing.

Heath proposes law to ban civil unions
The referendum, sought by the head of the Christian Civic League, would also nullify Maine's gay rights law.

UMaine sets sights on going smoke-free
Smoking in buildings and the sale of tobacco are already banned.

Indebted state shows its gratitude
A ceremony honoring 13 former POWs heralds plans for a military museum.

Don't forget the tax form's Clean Election Fund checkoff
One choice at tax time can mean more choices for voters on Election Day.

Without exit strategy, Iraq progress wasted
It will be left to the next president to face up to the need to end the U.S. combat role.

Sen. Beth EdmondsEthics laws really a matter of fairness
While concerns abound, there is no real evidence of widespread abuses by lawmakers.

Bangor Daily News

Penobscot slots bill sent on way to approval

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Senate on Wednesday voted to engross LD 701, the bill that would allow the Penobscot Indian Nation to operate slot machines at its Indian Island high-stakes beano facility.

Baldacci touts wood energy use

ORONO, Maine — Baldacci administration officials said Wednesday that Maine’s vast commercial forests contain enough "waste wood" to heat 150,000 homes and small businesses without reducing fiber supplies to existing mills.

State cuts squeeze job program

BANGOR, Maine - Shortly after 9 o'clock every weekday morning, Esther West is dropped off at work. She uses her red-and-white walking stick to guide herself across the parking lot and into the entrance lobby of Army National Guard Building 255 near Bangor International Airport.

Officials: Gun issue likely won’t appear in Acadia bill

A congressional bill expected to benefit Acadia National Park likely will not contain a controversial provision that would permit people to carry loaded firearms with them when they visit national parks, according to officials who have been following the legislation.

Report: Downeaster train will generate billions

PORTLAND, Maine — A Chicago-based research firm has determined that the Amtrak Downeaster is more than a train ride — it’s an economic engine that will generate billions of dollars in economic impact in Maine over the next 20 years.

League fighting gay rights in Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine - One of the state's most vocal opponents of gay rights has initiated a referendum aimed at banning same-sex marriages or civil unions and prohibiting same-sex couples from adopting children.

Penobscots fear losing oil to resolve

Penobscot Indian Nation officials are afraid they’ll lose the free heating oil agreement they have with Venezuela if Congress approves a resolution condemning the country’s government and deeming it a terrorist group supporter.

Kennebec Journal

School consolidation revise awaiting action
AUGUSTA -- With five days left in this year's legislative session, legislators have yet to take up a bill Gov. John Baldacci pledged to file in an attempt to amend Maine's school-district consolidation law.

Business professor urges more action to boost economy
WATERVILLE -- Maine business expert John F. Mahon likens our current efforts to improve the state's economy to the title of Samuel Beckett's book, "Waiting for Godot."

AUGUSTA Augusta to partner with Georgtown school
AUGUSTA -- The Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to provide superintendent, special education and business office services to the Georgetown school system.

MEDALS GO TO POWS In ceremony at Maine Military Museum, governor pays tribute to veterans who were captured
SOUTH PORTLAND -- Alfred Hills of Old Orchard Beach flew exactly 61/2 bombing missions in World War II.

RICHMOND Selectmen to discuss I-295 project
RICHMOND -- Selectmen meet today to talk with the fire chief about a state proposal to shut down both southbound lanes of Interstate 295 for reconstruction this summer.

Consolidation foes should ditch poison pill
Whether school consolidation will ever happen in Maine is anyone's guess these days.

JIM BRUNELLE : We can't tax or legislate smoking out of existence
In Augusta these days, the motto seems to be: "Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax that guy behind the tree." The guy behind the tree is a cigarette smoker.

Sun Journal

Governor to appeal decision
AUGUSTA (AP) - Gov. John Baldacci will appeal the government's denial of emergency assistance for expenses from the March snowstorm in northern Maine.

Maine looking to invest wisely
AUGUSTA - New legislation restricting state investments to those backed by the U.S. Treasury is aimed at preventing losses such as the one last August when nearly $20 million was never returned to the state.

Former POWs get state medals
SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) - Gov. John Baldacci presented state medals to a dozen former prisoners of war in a South Portland ceremony marking Former POW/MIA Recognition Day.

Baldacci to honor U.S. Army Reserve
AUGUSTA (AP) - Gov. John Baldacci is setting aside a day to recognize a century of service by the U.S. Army Reserve.

Campus launches tobacco campaign
ORONO (AP) - The University of Maine is looking to become tobacco-free.

'Lewiston, but not for long'
Most negative perceptions of downtown Lewiston are unwarranted, but sometimes they seem all too justified.

Maine Senate Endorses Tribal Slots Measure