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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Maine News for Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Food prices put frugality on the menu
As oils run-up ripples into the grocery aisles, Mainers respond by finding ways to cut costs.

133rd faces yet another deployment
The engineering battalion based in Maine is notified of a possible 12-month assignment in Iraq in 2010.

Heavy election turnout expected
Election 2008: Voters will pick candidates for a seat in Congress and who will challenge Sen. Collins.

Activists to woo voters with flurry of petitions
Election 2008: Opponents also will be at the polls as at least six campaigns gather signatures.

Bike-sharing network takes off
The public can borrow the white bikes and then return them for others to use around the city.

Probe leads lawmaker to give up seat
Election 2008: Chris Barstow, under investigation by police, says he won't seek re-election.

State's plan for new span raises concerns
Critics say a fixed bridge would prevent passage for taller boats and hurt the area's economy.

Newspaper offers employee buyouts
Voluntary separation plans are part of the effort to reduce staff as costs jump and revenue slides.
Edward D. MurphyTeens report harassment in workplace

A national energy policy would help Mainers cope
People can take steps to cut their fuel costs, but that's not a substitute for good public policy.

Clinton transcended gender in her drive to be president
The first woman ever to be a front-runner in a presidential primary got in it to win it.

Don't forget that today is Election Day all over Maine
You can still register to vote, and every vote counts in deciding vital races and issues.

RON BANCROFTLife in Maine a celebration of good things
While the state has its problems, they don't negate the things that attract people here.

STEPHEN SEARS, Special to the Press HeraldIs our air healthy to breathe?
Smokescreens established by the Environmental Protection Agency make the answer difficult to see.

Mainers in need deserve access to better care

Bangor Daily News
Medicaid changes delayed

AUGUSTA, Maine — Some cuts in the Medicaid program scheduled for July 1 have been delayed by federal officials and others may be delayed for a year by Congress, saving the state millions of dollars, at least temporarily.

Hannaford breach lawsuits assigned to judge

PORTLAND, Maine - The federal lawsuits filed around the country over the security breach of Hannaford Bros. Co’s computer network have been consolidated and assigned to the District of Maine and U.S District Judge D. Brock Hornby.

Alfond institute to take hiatus

With assets of more than $500 million, the Harold Alfond Foundation is poised to be the largest in Maine and among the largest foundations in the country.

Heavy voter turnout expected today

AUGUSTA, Maine - High energy from this year's presidential race combined with intensely contested congressional races and important local issues are likely to draw an unusually heavy turnout at Maine's polls today, the state's top election official said.

Trucking violations uncovered in sweep

AUGUSTA, Maine — A statewide inspection campaign of more than 3,600 commercial trucks conducted by the Maine State Police last week led to removing 102 vehicles from service for safety violations.

500 guardsmen may go to Iraq

AUGUSTA, Maine - Approximately 500 Maine Army National Guard soldiers were notified Saturday of a possible deployment to Iraq in February 2010, the Guard announced Monday.

ClickBack on Hillary, Gas

This week, ClickBack, the BDN's interactive commentary feature, seeks reader musings on Hillary Clinton, $4 per gallon gasoline, bees, revolutions and the Boston Celtics.

Editorial: Intelligence and Iraq

More than five years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Senate Intelligence Committee has found that the White House knowingly exaggerated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein.

June 10 Letters to the Editor

Kennebec Journal
Voter turnout looks difficult to predict as town clerks see decline in absentee ballot requests
While Maine's secretary of state predicts higher-than-average voter participation in today's elections, town clerks scattered across central Maine say fewer absentee voters may indicate otherwise.

Home invasion suspect moved to different jail
The only man facing charges from a home invasion that left a father and daughter severely injured has been moved to a jail in southern Maine.

Maine Guard unit faces new Iraq tour 133rd Engineer Battalion notified of plans for 2010
AUGUSTA -- About 500 Maine Army National Guard soldiers could be headed back to Iraq in early 2010.

State hits Hannaford on dust
AUGUSTA -- Excessive dust leaving the demolition site of the former Cony High School has earned Hannaford Bros. a violation notice from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Vote there, sign here
AUGUSTA -- Maine voters will be asked to do more than cast ballots in today's primary election, as activists pushing several causes try to collect the signatures they need to force future votes on their issues.

Gardiner Selectmen sound alarm on $21M city budget
GARDINER -- Some city officials say residents' taxes will go up if they support the $21 million school budget on today's ballot.

State issues warning on activity during heat
AUGUSTA -- The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday told residents to take steps to avoid heat-related illnesses as Maine entered a third day of high temperatures.

On Maine Politics
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For carpooling information, as well as tips to save on gasoline and ways to keep warm this winter, go to:

It's time to get serious about carpooling
Here are all of the reasons you haven't been part of a carpool or vanpool up until now:

DAVID B. OFFER : Primary day a good time for some political trivia questions
Today is primary day in Maine. Republicans and Democrats will select candidates to run for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.


People's veto petition is your only way to cut taxes
Some people don't want you to sign the people's veto petition that gives Mainers a chance to vote in November on eliminating the new tax on beer, wine and soda.

Sun Journal

Philanthropist leaves more than $500M in assets
PORTLAND (AP) - The assets of a foundation established more than 50 years ago by philanthropist Harold Alfond are poised to exceed more than $500 million, a sum its chairman says could have a "transformative effect" on Maine.

Couple who stole from fuel company headed to prison
PORTLAND (AP) - A Biddeford couple who pleaded guilty to charges linked to the embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars from a fuel delivery company were sentenced to prison on Monday.

Teenager accused in home invasion involved in jail scuffle
PORTLAND (AP) - An 18-year-old man charged with attacking a father and daughter in a home invasion in Pittston is being held in segregation at the Cumberland County Jail.

Mainers go to polls today
AUGUSTA - High energy from this year's presidential race combined with intensely contested congressional races and important local issues are likely to draw an unusually heavy turnout at Maine's polls Tuesday, the state's top election official said.

Maine Guard battalion on notice
AUGUSTA (AP) - About 500 soldiers in a Maine Army National Guard battalion have been told that they have been identified for possible deployment to Iraq.


Stop grumbling; go vote
There is a single bond issue on the ballot today which, while important, is not likely the big draw for voters.

What will it be like for the next female candidate?
Sen. Hillary Clinton did not win enough delegates to capture the Democratic presidential nomination. The question now becomes: what about the next female candidate? Will it be easier for her because Sen. Clinton broke new ground? Will that next woman run as a liberal Democrat like Clinton, or a conservative Republican in the mold of Margaret Thatcher? Will she get the same attention as Clinton, or will she be like the second man to walk on the moon?


Primary Care Physicians Want Higher Pay Rates
The number of primary care physicians in Maine is on the decline, and as the cost of running a private practice escalates, at least one doctor in Bangor is throwing in the stethoscope. Both he and the Maine Medical Association assert that insurance reimbursement rates are not sufficient to cover the costs associated with running an independent practice. Anne Ravana has more.

Many Fear Old Growth Forest Jeopardized By Development
Sometime in the next 18 months, the Plum Creek Timber Company plans to log a section of forest in Elliotsville Township that some people think should be left alone. That's because this particular area is believed to contain rare "Old Growth" forest, trees that are 200 or more years old and that provide habitat for a wealth of animal and plant species. Plum Creek says it will rely on the advice of independent forest ecologists before any cutting takes place, but that comes as little comfort for people who've visited the area. Susan Sharon has more.

Some Economic Numbers Remain Positive
If you're looking for good news about the economy, there is some, despite last Friday's reported increase in unemployment. Maine's Gross Domestic product climbed 1.3 percent last year. Nationally, GDP grew even in the first quarter of this year. Also, in April, advance estimates of retail and food services, new orders for manufactured goods and building permits were all higher than a year ago. And many retailers reported a better-than-expected May. Morning Edition Host Irwin Gratz talked with Mike Donihue, an economics professor at Colby College about two "R" words: recession and resiliance.

Demand For Wood And Pellets Rising In Maine
This week Red Shield Environmental announced a temporary shutdown of its biomass boiler in Old Town, citing a shortage of wood waste to burn. Even in Maine, with its vast supply of timber, the combination of high diesel prices and a slowdown in new home construction is making it difficult to get wood to market. Couple that with a near-frantic demand for woodstoves and pellet stoves in the face of skyrocketing heating oil prices and some worry that there could be supply issues on the horizon, at least in the short term. Susan Sharon has more.

Times Record

DDG-1000 opponent challenges $2.6B cost estimates (full story)

Senate's Lion faces his greatest fight (full story)

People's veto won't end DirigoChoice (full story)

Monday Meter (full story)