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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Maine News for Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Public charged up over CMP project
The plan for a major power line expansion has neighbors ready to defend their interests.

Vegas company takes lead on Maine casino
The battle heats up seven weeks before vote

Court told bishop is liable in abuse case
The state Supreme Court must decide whether to hold him liable for a priest's molestation of William Picher.

These special deliveries go smoothly
With attention to critical details, Maine Medical Center moves residents of its birth center and neonatal ICU into the new East Tower.

Goals transcend borders for region's leaders Governors, premiers get power talk
Power grid, transportation issues top list as New England governors meet with Canadian premiers.

House bill would spare Georges Bank from drilling
Details of the Democratic-backed legislation please conservationists, but draw Republicans' criticism.

U.S. to loan AIG $85 billion loan The emergency package wins broad federal support
In return for the loan, the government gets an equity stake of 79.9 percent in AIG.

Scarborough should reaffirm former slots vote
The reasons for turning down a casino then remain just as valid today.

Franklin Arterial can be made to serve the city better
It's likely to remain primarily a route for cars, but there's room for pedestrians and bikes.

Bangor Daily News
BAR HARBOR, Maine — Governors from six New England states and provincial leaders from eastern Canada discussed Tuesday how they might work together to improve regional transportation, energy generation and transmission, and economies.

cal group opts for objective Rx plan
ROCKPORT, Maine — Citing concerns over patient safety and escalating costs, the Maine Medical Association recently endorsed a plan to establish a new medication information program that will provide objective prescribing guidance to thousands of doctors and other health care providers through-out the state.

AUGUSTA, Maine — With tobacco settlement payments on the rise and the state budget in tatters, lawmakers are looking to strengthen oversight of spending in the so-called Fund for a Healthy Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine — Hoping to re-invigorate a stalled campaign, a Las Vegas developer announced Tuesday it will lead the referendum drive for a casino in Oxford County and spend $100 million to make it a reality if state voters give their approval in November.

BANGOR, Maine — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Laurie Dobson’s name will not be on the Nov. 4 ballot as a candidate for U.S. Senate.

In fall 2000, state officials and some of Maine’s business leaders were up in arms about a federal decision to list Atlantic salmon in eight Maine rivers as endangered species.

Financial Free Fall Two of the nation’s biggest financial banks have collapsed. Others are in

Contracting Improvements With the current focus on presidential politics — or personalities — and

Direct democracy and crafting town school budgets I live in Lamoine. This budget season, we learned again the value of direct

Kennebec Journal

Lining up to fight the power
YARMOUTH -- Handsome homes, mature trees and nearby schools make Oakwoods one of this town's more desirable family neighborhoods.

Katz plies mayoral trade in Israel visit
Over lunch in Jerusalem, Augusta Mayor Roger Katz talked shop with mayors from faraway countries including Sierra Leone, Kenya and the Fiji Islands.

AUGUSTA Proposed charter revisions headed for referendum on November ballot
AUGUSTA -- Proposed revisions to the Augusta City Charter are headed for a referendum vote in November.

UMA convocation is Oct. 19
AUGUSTA -- The University of Maine at Augusta plans to usher in a new school year at a campus convocation Oct. 19.

GARDINER City targeting grants for walks, waterfront
GARDINER -- Councilors will hold public hearings to discuss two community grants and a couple of liquor license renewals before tonight's meeting.

County to get new radio links for responders
AUGUSTA -- The Kennebec County Emergency Management Agency will soon be able to communicate via radio with all county municipalities, regardless of radio frequency, thanks to a $15,000 grant.


GEORGE SMITH : Maine's economy so bad it's knocked Iraq war from No. 1 spot
His dour expression fit his depressing prediction that economic disaster looms within the year. "It will be as bad as it was just before World War Two," he lamented.

GORDON L. WEIL, CONSULTANT, AUTHOR AND PUBLISHER, : We should not trust numbers more than words
We all doubt words, but trust numbers. If a candidate promises national health insurance or millions of new jobs, we are skeptical. But if some pollster tells us that one candidate leads another by 48 percent to 41 percent, we think we know who would win the election -- at least if it were held today.

Sun Journal
$100M pledged for casino
PORTLAND - Hoping to reinvigorate a stalled campaign, a Las Vegas developer announced Tuesday it will lead the referendum drive for a casino in Oxford County and spend $100 million to make it a reality if state voters give their approval in November.

'Person of interest' questioned in fire
MILO (AP) - Fire investigators say they have questioned a "person of interest" in a weekend arson fire in Milo that burned a large portion of the town's downtown.

Baby formula scandal spreads in China
BEIJING (AP) - A third baby has died in connection with China's spreading scandal over tainted milk formula and more than 6,200 infants have become sick, Health Minister Chen Zhu said Wednesday.

School consolidation plan going to voters
STRONG - A revised plan that would consolidate 16 communities into one school system has been approved by the state commissioner of education and will go to voters on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Costs may doom dispatch sharing

Discount retail store coming to Jay

Town office closing Sept. 18, 19

Trying to hide what's in plain sight
Gov. John Baldacci has asked Androscoggin County Commissioner Helen Poulin to "verify" her residence, as part of his inquiry into her move from her elected district. She is stonewalling.

Vegas Gaming Firm To Take Over Oxford County Casino Campaign
The troubled campaign to develop a casino in Oxford County has been given a boost from the gambling capital of the US. Today in Portland, the Las Vegas-based Olympia Group announced that it has acquired control of Evergreen Mountain Enterprises LLC, pending approval of Question 2 by Maine voters in November.

Governors and Premiers Discuss Common Issues
Residents of New England and Canada's eastern provinces face an increasingly common economic future that hinges on the region's ability to move goods and people quickly from the Atlantic coast to the American heartland. At the 32nd meeting of the states' governors and provincial Canadian leaders in Bar Harbor today, it became clear that regional infrastructure improvements must be made to increase the flow of of traffic from east to west.

Bailey: Voters were deceived in casino petition process

Legislators: Backer was necessary for casino project to move forward

HD-48: Schools, taxes hot topics in race for open seat

Casino project sold to Vegas company