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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Maine News for Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Greens focus on local elections
Election 2008: Coming off their convention, Maine Greens emphasize building the party at the local level.

State's FairPoint review didn't look at 911 issues
The Public Utilities Commission is examining that topic separately.

FairPoint admits 911 errors
Problems that caused delays in answering calls should have been fixed weeks ago, an official says.

Bill to pay veterans' college costs set for vote
Thousands of Mainers who did tours after Sept. 11, 2001, would be eligible.

Iraq veteran Summers banking on experience
Election 2008: The Republican used to run a business, and says he can navigate the federal system.

Allen, Ledue debate earmark moratorium
Election 2008: Tom Ledue calls for a one-year moratorium. Rep. Tom Allen calls it a gimmick.

Allen to outside groups: No ads attacking Collins
Election 2008: The Maine Democrat says he wants the Senate race to focus on the important issues.

Board OKs 10.1 percent university tuition hike
Rising fuel, retirement and health care costs are blamed as charges for students rise again.

Tax break needed to finish North Dam Mill project
Doug Sanford hopes to use the city's new incentive to put housing in the old blanket factory.

Earmark system doesn't serve Maine, nation well
Congress appropriates money for local projects without sufficient public review.

Afghan democracy won't survive death sentences for journalists
It will take more than elections alone to create a free country in the Taliban's former home.

RON BANCROFT, Special to the Press HeraldSo, fellow Democrats, we've got a primary coming up In a bow to the inevitable, a long-overdue party switch opens up many new possibilities.

PETER MILLSMaine's caught in an electricity vise
For every penny that out-of-state pressures raise the price of a kilowatt-hour, we lose $120 million.


Time to apologize to allies for damage done by Bush

Bangor Daily News
General Fund surplus tops $45M, analysts say

AUGUSTA, Maine - Legislative analysts say revenue flowing into the state General Fund exceeded projections by $23.2 million in April, bringing a looming surplus with two months to go in the fiscal year to $45.3 million.

Bomb dogs showcase skills at BIA

BANGOR, Maine - Three newest members of the city's Police Department showcased their skills Monday to a captivated audience at Bangor International Airport.

Trustees OK 10% tuition increase

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - The University of Maine System board of trustees adopted a $520.7 million budget Monday for the upcoming fiscal year, which includes an average 10 percent increase in tuition at Maine’s seven university campuses and a $15.7 million cut in personnel and operating costs.

Fire safety stressed in May

BREWER, Maine - May is Electrical Safety Month, and with electrical home fires claiming an average 485 lives each year in the United States, there is one piece of advice that Brewer Fire Chief Rick Bronson is spreading around.

Bangor readies for school budget, primary votes

BANGOR, Maine - Though requests for absentee ballots have been slow to arrive, the June 10 elections are shaping up to be technically trickier than most, city officials said Friday.

Sen. Collins touts bipartisan record

BANGOR, Maine - When time came Monday morning to talk about the specifics of America’s policies overseas, Sen. Susan Collins started off on an issue she has mentioned before and is likely to mention again in the months leading up to the Senate election this fall: bipartisanship.

Lottery winner has plans for $9.8M

LUBEC, Maine - Larry Burns is a character, but he’s now a very rich character.

ClickBack on Cars, Tuition

This week's ClickBack focuses on college tuition, gas prices and gay rights.

Polar Bear Politics

Under court order, the Bush administration this week listed polar bears as a threatened species. In doing so, however, the Interior Department took great pains to note that the listing would do nothing to stop climate change or prevent the melting of sea ice, the very problem that is imperiling the bears.

Vernon DeLong : Targeting farmers for political gain
As a person who works with farmers every day, I take issue with the recent column 'Counter-revolutionaries in Montville' (BDN, May 2), which praised the Montville town meeting vote to ban the planting of genetically modified crops, calling it a 'distant echo of the American Revolution.'

Kennebec Journal
Students at all seven campuses will see higher bills starting in the fall
Maine's full-time public university students will see their tuition bills jump an average of 10 percent starting this fall, the University of Maine System Board of Trustees decided Monday.

Summers draws from experience in GOP Congressional primary
Last in a series of profiles of candidates running in the 1st District Congressional primary races.

Million-dollar grant for kids
AUGUSTA -- Local schools and the Augusta Boys and Girls Club for Teens won a grant that could provide more than $1 million over the next five years to help at-risk youths.

Woman says she was fired for refusing advance; panel agrees
AUGUSTA -- The Maine Human Rights Commission on Monday sided with a woman who claimed she was fired from a Waterville business less than a week after complaining that her boss made unwelcome sexual advances.

Waterville river trail system focus of forum
WATERVILLE -- The public on Wednesday will have a chance to give input on a proposed pedestrian connector from the Hathaway Creative Center to downtown.

On Maine Politics
Allen, Collins weigh-in on 3rd party money 05/19/08


Call centers not ideal, but are good for Maine
Peter Gore lives in the real world, the one where Maine's economy is sagging if not struggling. The one where a "good" job -- and, certainly, hundreds of them -- should not be forsaken.

DAVID B. OFFER : Impeachment wrong response to failed Bush presidency
Three of the six candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Congress in Maine's 1st District and incumbent 2nd District Rep. Mike Michaud have endorsed a proposal that would be silly -- if it was not so wrong, so serious and so important.


Superintendent should focus on Augusta schools
Cony High School is again in trouble with its accreditation.

Christians don't hate homosexuals, but the sin
Do you believe in God, do you believe in Jesus the Christ, some say it is not a proven science, but it is a historical fact in any encyclopedia, just like do you believe in George Washington, and is a historical fact.

Health plan reserve funds could have offset increase
Last week as a state employee, I received two notices from the Division of Employee Health and Benefits.

Sun Journal

Rep. Allen says he'll denounce third-party ads
PORTLAND (AP) - Declaring that his campaign has "no place for the politics of personal destruction," Democratic Senate candidate Tom Allen vowed Monday to denounce any third-party attack ads that personally target Republican incumbent Susan Collins.

Maine woman, 96, still volunteering
WATERVILLE (AP) - Josephine Misunas has thought about retiring from volunteer work at a soup kitchen in Waterville, but friends who work with her won't have any of that.

FEMA to visit Penobscot County
MILFORD (AP) - A federal government mobile disaster recovery center will move through Penobscot County beginning Monday to assist individuals and business owners who were hurt by the floods in late April.

Greens focus on local races
AUGUSTA (AP) - The Maine Green Independent Party is putting a priority on energizing its local and county committees and building party strength in the state's rural areas, the party chair said Monday following its weekend convention.

Study finds General Fund $45M ahead
AUGUSTA (AP) - Legislative analysts say revenue flowing into the state General Fund exceeded projections by $23.2 million in April, bringing a looming surplus with two months to go in the fiscal year to $45.3 million.

UMaine System tuition rising
PRESQUE ISLE - College tuition is going up next year, an average of 10.1 percent at the seven campuses of the University of Maine System.

Turnpike fatality motorist in court
ALFRED (AP) - The daughter of one of the two people killed in a wrong-way collision on the Maine Turnpike expressed frustration Monday as the woman accused of causing the crash walked away from the York County Superior Court.


McCain spreads ruse of global warming cult
In an effort to win over those "moderates" who believe that global warming is about to destroy the planet, Republican presidential candidate John McCain spoke last week at a Portland, Ore., training facility for Vestas Wind Technology. He claimed, "The facts of global warming demand our urgent attention, especially in Washington."

Where are you?
On May 9, local news reported that the price of a barrel of oil had reached $126. Earlier in the day, I had purchased some gas at a local station for $3.64 a gallon. The next day, the price was $3.74 a gallon.

Warming insanity
V. Paul Reynolds' column May 11, "Global warming or insanity?" is definitely the latter - insane.

Values human life
I am writing in support of Margaret Craven's candidacy for the Maine Senate.


Cost of A University of Maine Education on the Rise
Racing car enthusiasts from across New England gathered in Scarborough over the weekend, but the vehicles taking part in yesterday's competition didn't come close to breaking the sound barrier. They also didn't require an oil change. And as Tom Porter reports, their pit crews were made up entirely of high school students.

Training Nurses Close to Home
Wanted: Trained professionals to work in your own community. Great benefits, starting salary: 45 thousand dollars a year. Sounds pretty good. So why is there still a shortage of nurses in Maine? The problem, say those struggling to fill nursing positions, particularly in more rural areas of the state, is not a lack of willing applicants, but a bottleneck in the nurse training system. As Keith Shortall reports, a new effort announced today in Lincoln County is aimed at training nurses close to home.

Insect Scientists Study Decline of Bees
Insect scientists across the world are trying to figure out what's causing a mysterious malady that's killed millions of agricultural honey bees, threatening the food chain on which humans depend. Colony collapse disorder first showed up in US migratory bees about two years ago and has since decimated bee colonies in several states. In colonies afflicted with so-called C-C-D, worker bees suddenly abandon the hive, leaving the queen and larvae to die. While the disorder has yet to show up in Maine, bee experts here say it's likely to be just a matter of time. And so far, no one knows how to stop it.

Electrathon Entertains Race Car Enthusiasts
Racing car enthusiasts from across New England gathered in Scarborough over the weekend, but the vehicles taking part in yesterday's competition didn't come close to breaking the sound barrier. They also didn't require an oil change. And as Tom Porter reports, their pit crews were made up entirely of high school students.

Real ID Opponents Launch Petition Drive
A coalition of groups opposed to the federal Real ID law got together in downtown Portland today to launch a petition-gathering campaign. Their aim is to repeal a state law that bolsters Maine's drivers license requirements and brings the state closer to compliance with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005. The act, say proponents, is designed to stop identity theft and improve national security by establishing new national standards for state-issued driver licenses and other ID cards. Tom Porter has details.


In Lewiston, the primary is the general election

CBS News

Daily Products May Be Harmful
People are exposed to brominated flame retardants in furniture, cars, children's products and even food. But, as Wyatt Andrews reports, the chemicals designed to protect may actually cause