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Monday, November 24, 2008

Maine News for Monday, November 24, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Gorham senator to help lead cutback effort
Another priority is lowering Maine's dependence on foreign oil, says Majority Leader Philip Bartlett.

Maine AG seeks direct evidence of Standish sign
The state will proceed with a civil action if factual proof is developed of an alleged assassination pool.

Lagging economy whittles gas costs
As travelers prepare for Thanksgiving treks, the price of fuel drops to an average of $1.93 per gallon.

Maine mariners sail the pirate-filled seas
Merchant vessel crews get security training, but may not learn practical tactics for defending against an attack.

Reports: Deer harvest down
Anecdotal evidence from registration stations indicates last winter took a heavy toll on the herd.

Get to Hallowell? Go left
Some say the Augusta suburb tilts progressive because so many state workers live there.

Expect social services, education to be cut again
The governor's first round of cuts focused on areas where the state spends the most.

Piracy thrives when nations struggle with stability
Things can be done to make the seas safer, but over time stable governments are the answer.

LEIGH DONALDSONRepublicans' future hinges on an ideological makeover
Unless the party turns away from its divisiveness and toward diversity, it has little hope.

Bangor Daily News
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Department of Transportation is facing three years of reduced revenues, and lawmakers believe they will have to make cuts deeper than outlined by Commissioner David

LINCOLN, Maine — Penny Nash could feel the difference as soon as she got through the door. “When I walked in, it felt warmer,” Nash, 47, said Sunday.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Paula Abdul fan who was found dead in a car near the Los Angeles home of the pop star she admired is being remembered in Maine by family members who say she

By this point in the hunting season, Dennis Beaulier has typically registered around 100 deer at his Ashland general store. This year, he may not even hit 50 for the entire season.

PORTLAND, Maine — The John Bapst Crusaders won their first football state title in 32 years with a 21-14 victory over Winthrop in the Class C state championship game Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

The Future of Marriage Maine and the nation are likely to become embroiled, yet again, in debate over

Whither the GOP? The Democratic showing in the election — not a landslide but decisive

Put brains and skills to work to solve real problems On the radio recently I heard an economist refer to Sept. 23 as the

Kennebec Journal
Liberal and proud of it: Hallowell flaps its strong left wing
Hallowell state's only city to support keeping the beverage tax on Election Day

Fear of new gun controls leads to increase in sales
WINSLOW -- Sales of semi-automatic weapons and handguns exploded in central Maine and across the country earlier this month as gun enthusiasts predicted the pertinent laws would become more restrictive with the change in the U.S. presidency.

Emergency center, YMCA on Augusta City Council's agenda
AUGUSTA -- Councilors meet tonight to discuss whether the city should keep its own emergency dispatch center or go with the state's Regional Communications Center.

Mainers seem to be buckling up
Part of being a reporter is watching trends. Some reporters pay attention to the economic trends of Wall Street, others are proficient at crime statistics and the luckiest reporters get to track batting averages season-to-season for the Chicago White Sox.

Sun Journal
Maine rail yard rebuilds trains
MILO (AP) - A Maine railroad whose business has long focused on shipping pulp and paper has found a new source of revenue in rebuilding locomotives and rail cars.

Marine recruit an inspiration
LEWISTON - A week ago, Ulysses Milana boarded a plane bound for Marine boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. He was a 23-year-old soft-spoken husband from Lewiston ready to realize a life-long dream of serving his country.

Palin's rhetorical question
Sarah Palin is neither gone, nor forgotten.

Status-of-forces agreement seen as benefit for Obama
Iraq's prime minister just did Barack Obama a huge favor.

Education and the Economy

November 23, 2008 Reported By: Irwin Gratz

Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz talks with Laurie LaChance, President of the Maine Development Foundation about the need to reign in school expenses while maintaining, or increasing educational attainment.

Organic Food Advocates Blast Government Proposal

November 21, 2008 Reported By: Anne Ravana

Local organic food advocates are speaking out and encouraging other Mainers to do the same in response to changes the U.S. Department of Agriculture has put forth regarding rules on genetically modified crops. The new regulations would preempt exisiting state and local regulations related to the presence of such crops.

Mainers Cut Back On Highway Miles

November 21, 2008 Reported By: Josie Huang

Maine is near the top of the list of states that have seen a decline in the number of miles driven during the past year. That's according to the US Department Of Transportation, which reports that Americans drove 10.7 billion less highway miles in September than they did a year earlier. As Josie Huang reports, Maine was third on the list, down 7.5 percent, behind South Carolina and Vermont.

Boat Builders Count On Diversification To Rescue Industry

November 21, 2008 Reported By: Keith Shortall

Maine's high-end boat building industry is trying to weather some rough seas. Orders for new yachts are down, and some yards have been forced to cut their payrolls. But as Keith Shortall reports, Maine boat builders are banking on a diversified approach, and a concept called "coopetition", in their efforts to keep a foothold in what has become an expanding world-wide industry.

Effort Underway To Restore Natural River Flow

November 21, 2008 Reported By: Nancy Cohen

There are more than 19,000 dams in the Northeast. Many are small, dating back to the time when early industry harnessed the power of rivers. But today, environmentalists and government agencies want to restore rivers back to their natural flow for the benefit of both migrating fish and people. As part of a collaboration between northeast stations Nancy Cohen from WNPR in Hartford reports on the debate over taking dams down.