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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Maine News for Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Rail line proposal panned in Windham
Officials say the Mountain Division line would cost millions and has little chance of being viable. it would be unwise to invest millions in a line to Fryeburg that has little chance of success.

New finance chief takes on budget challenges
Ryan Low takes office and begins the difficult task of crafting a state budget while revenue is flat.

Student numbers continue to shrink
Statewide enrollment falls to 190,000, down 26,000 from a decade ago, with no rebound expected soon.

Work begins on Maine's largest wind farm
The Kibby project's 44 turbines may be powering 50,000 homes by 2010.

Plant idled by high oil prices
The owners of the Millinocket paper mill say they will lay off 200.

Economy remains sluggish
Construction spending hits lowest level in seven years and experts predict further erosion.

Hospitals get out of the baby-publicity business
Some stop collecting information for newspaper use, trying to avoid tipping off potential infant abductors.

Chorus of McCain praise
President Bush and others hail the candidate for his stance on Iraq and courageous votes when he put the country first.

Hard lessons from teachers' contract
Pay increases should be linked to classes teachers teach, not the ones they take.

JOHN W. GRANDYShark tournaments encourage disparaging view of declining species
They teach a lesson that it is a good thing to kill sharks and that science is somehow served by it.

Bangor Daily News
AUGUSTA, Maine — Public school enrollment in the United States will hit an

MACHIAS, Maine — Sarah Gabrielson unpacks the brown paper bag and the

BANGOR, Maine — City leaders are considering a request from Exxon Mobil Oil

MILLINOCKET — It has lost at least $57 million since its June 2004 restart

Hard times hit agency for terminally ill children

That slice of pizza you had for lunch on that busy workday could have made you violently ill. If it had, it didn’t necessarily mean that the corner convenience store where the pizza was made was
Hurricane Gustav thankfully spared the Gulf Coast its full fury. Still, the storm was a crucial test of emergency preparedness in the region devastated by Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent

Federal regulators are finally moving ahead on years late, watered-down rules requiring ocean vessels to slow down in some areas to avoid hitting right whales.

Spending secret security agreement with Iraq is so full of conditions, uncertainties and disagreements that it is impossible to know what it means for the end of the U.S. occupation and the move to Iraqi control.

Kennebec Journal


STEPHEN BOWEN : School consolidation picture not as rosy as state paints
Readers of this newspaper on Aug. 22 were probably surprised to learn that, according to the Maine Department of Education, "half of Maine students" now attend schools in "consolidated districts."

GEORGE SMITH : Words are not dangerous, but zealots, censorship are
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.

Sun Journal
Utility fights back against wire theft
BANGOR (AP) - Bangor Hydro Electric Co. has installed motion detectors and surveillance equipment at several power substations to cut down on the number of copper thefts.

Maine finance chief sworn in
AUGUSTA - Taking over Tuesday as the point person for a state government budget of more than $6 billion, Ryan Low said he sees major financial challenges ahead as work gets under way on the state's next spending package.

Labor Day turnpike traffic down
PORTLAND (AP) - Nearly 731,000 vehicles used the Maine Turnpike during the Labor Day weekend, 2.2 percent fewer than during the same Friday-through-Monday period a year ago, the toll highway's officials said Tuesday.

Maine enrollment shrinks again as school year begins
PORTLAND (AP) - Enrollment at Maine public schools has fallen to around 190,000 students for the new school year, extending a decade-long decline that is expected to continue for several years to come.

Senate candidate's appeal denied
PORTLAND (AP) - Maine's highest court has rejected an appeal by an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate who was denied a spot on the November ballot because she failed to submit enough signatures prior to the deadline.

Politics spark attention deficit
My friends, in these times of struggle and uncertainty, when the future of our very existence seems to tremble on some unseen precipice, I'd like to have a frank conversation with you about the state of things. I'd like to pontificate about the choices we face and how you can best approach them with the well-being of your family in mind. I'd like to share my own views and explore how they dovetail with your own.

McCain helps Obama's experience argument
In his Denver speech, Sen. Barack Obama tried to lay to rest the issue of whether he has the experience to become commander in chief.

Not Your Usual Convention Opener
On "day one" of the Republican convention, most of the action was outside the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, not inside. As delegates tackled dry nomination business and tried to come to grips with the news that Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin's 17-year-old daughter was five months pregnant, thousands of anti-Bush protesters marched through the streets, calling for an end to the Iraq war, better health care and a host of other reforms. Barbara Cariddi was there and has this report.


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