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Monday, April 14, 2008

Maine News for Monday, April 14, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Municipalities plugging budget holes
Officials around Maine are using a variety of methods to deal with tight budgets.

Collins chief of staff to manage Senate re-election campaign
Steve Abbott, Collins' most trusted adviser, has managed her campaigns since 1994.

Law bars coal gasification in Maine, for now
State environmental officials now have three years to adopt emission standards for any plants.

State House Notes: It's not over until

BIW workers hope for calm in union storm
A decision on who runs the local will follow today's hearing on allegations against its leadership.

Organizations that have expressed interest in leasing the former Portsmouth Naval Prison will attend a forum this week in Durham, N.H.

LEIGH DONALDSONIs 'No Child Left Behind' really helping students learn?
Students are all different, and they all (especially inner-city minorities) need individual help and goals.

RAFAEL GALVEZWelcome immigrants, or criminalize them?
Americans shouldn't make harsh judgments about people who only want to live good lives.

ANOTHER VIEW: Stop pretending that state has money of its own to spend
It's time for taxpayers to realize that there are no 'free' transfers from Augusta to anywhere.

Bangor Daily News
Lincoln truckers may join D.C. rally

LINCOLN, Maine - At least 50 Maine trucks will roll on Washington, D.C., April 28 as part of a national rally to protest record diesel prices that many Mainers say are crushing the state’s forest products and hauling industries.

Mount Desert woman cherry blossom queen

WASHINGTON - A student from Maine is the new queen of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which wound down over the weekend in the nation's capital.

Papal visit attracts Mainers

BANGOR, Maine - There's only one reason Susan Moore would ever set foot in Yankee Stadium - to see the pope.

Collins, Sister Norberta to dine in D.C. with pope

BANGOR, Maine - Sen. Susan Collins wasn't invited to a White House dinner with Pope Benedict XVI during his first visit to the United States this week even though she'll be there earlier in the day to welcome him.

Former Maine Gov. Reed the model of moderation

WASHINGTON - Tucked into the southwest corner of the nation's capital near the Potomac River is the home of Maine's oldest living former governor, John Hathaway Reed, who served in the early 1960s.

Debt-Free College

A program that promises great things for Maine's economic future kicked off with the start of the spring college semester. Thanks to a legislative initiative approved last year, college students who incur education loan debt dating from January 2008 will be able to claim a tax credit for loan repayments.

Hunting for Dollars

Finding new ways to pay the bills at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, especially if some of the costs may be passed on to those who don’t hunt, fish or trap, is a perennial issue.

Kennebec Journal

Utility bills coming due Tuesday
AUGUSTA -- Cash-strapped Maine residents who have delayed paying their utility bills through the winter might find themselves without electricity beginning Tuesday when their no-payment grace period expires.

Legislature's last day? It's anyone's guess
AUGUSTA -- The last day of the legislative session is supposed to be Wednesday.

Many questions still remain within troubled largest union at BIW
BATH --About 25 shipyard workers -- some swearing and grumbling in anger -- stood around the union representative, asking about the allegations and investigation that have thrown Bath Iron Works' largest labor organization into turmoil.

Leaving region power grid gives Maine options
It may not be about sex, but a bill just signed by Gov. John Baldacci is certainly all about power and money.

Bridge repair must be priority
Maine's roads and bridges are in rough shape. Some are even in dangerous shape. Anyone who drives across the state, slaloming around potholes and rumbling over the rusty spans that cross streams and rivers knows that.

Sun Journal

Unheard over the screaming
Zealotry negates credibility. See Heath, Mike.

State House shift change
As a class, the workers of this state don't often get the opportunity to speak to their leaders. They have been too busy keeping the power on and bills paid. They have been working in factories to produce goods the public cannot afford. They have been dissatisfied for some time now, but unable to tell their representatives in government in person because there was no time.

An historic mistake
Most people would agree that restoring historic buildings is a worthy goal. But to finance that effort through tax credits to wealthy developers, using money from the state's Housing Opportunities for Maine fund, is short-sighted.

Labor, Human Rights Activists Urge Collins To Oppose Columbia Free Trade Agreement
A Maine-based coalition of labor and human rights groups is calling on Republican Senator Susan Collins to join the rest of Maine's Congressional delegation in opposing the so-called Columbia Free Trade Agreement. The Bush administration has been seeking what's known as "fast track" approval from Congress for the agreement, which would permanently reduce duties on American exports to the South American nation. But critics say it will hurt Maine workers. Barbara Cariddi reports.

Maine Environmental Activists Woo Young Supporters
What do a group of 300 young professionals at a cocktail party have in common? Aside from their interest in jump-starting their careers, raising families and meeting like-minded people, many share a passion for protecting the environment. At least that's the premise behind "TNC Next," the next and younger generation of supporters of The Nature Conservancy. This week the Maine chapter of the conservation organization invited prospective members to a kickoff party at the Ocean Gateway in Portland. As Susan Sharon reports, environmental groups are finding that it's not too hard to engage young people even without the free food and drinks.

Car-pooling Popularity Grows With Gas Prices
With the price of gasoline hitting record highs, Mainers with long commutes are feeling the pinch, and more and more are taking a new look at an old established style of commuting--the car pool. As Murray Carpenter reports, car-pooling and van-pooling are quickly growing in popularity.

Maine Lobster Researcher Leaves No Stone Unturned
While lobstering is so much a part of Maine's identity, and economy, there is much to learned about what the animals need to thrive in their environment. One Maine researcher has been on the case for years, and continues to track the lives of young lobsters as they grow. Barbara Cariddi headed out one recent morning with scientist Diane Cowan, and brought back this report.

Romney to headline GOP convention; Democrats contemplate hosting two keynotes

Mitchell: One of the world’s most influential people?

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