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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Maine News for Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Illinois governor accused of brash plot to get rich
Rod Blagojevich of Illinois tried to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder, the FBI says.

Phone calls swamp state jobless centers
Thousands of calls are cut off or abandoned in past week

Banker: Recovery starting to work
But the missteps that led to today's problems were years in the making, TD Banknorth's CEO says.

Planned influx of refugees debated
Some predict a strain on social services. Others say Iraqis uprooted by a U.S.-led war deserve our help.

Portland delegation suffers power shortage in Legislature
After enjoying leadership roles for many years, the lawmakers seek slots to protect the city's interests.

Domestic violence deaths more than double over 2007
Maine health care workers are urged to look harder for signs of domestic violence and sex abuse.

Cianbro to use old factory for training
The former show factory will be a central training facility in the town where Cianbro Corp. was born.

Species battles back on Penobscot
Researchers use sonar to reveal a growing population of shortnose sturgeon wintering in the river.

Judge won't block cleanup of mercury
But more appeals are likely concerning an order to remove tainted soil at Orrington landfills.

A crisis bright spot: Cost of oil, gas falls DOE slashes energy demand forecast
Crude slides to about $42 a barrel, and a 2009 forecast predicts demand will fall by 450,000 barrels a day.

Toy Fund: Lobstermen's families try to ride out financial storm
The global recession eats into demand and earnings, forcing some Mainers to seek the toy fund's help.

Automakers seeking a down payment
The bailout bill now being discussed may not be enough to rescue the Big Three.

Aging boomers have a place in the work force
As the state gets older, Maine will have to be creative to keep and attract older workers.

Where are all the socialists? Here, there and everywhere
While some work within mainstream politics, others prefer to influence issues in their own groups.

Bangor Daily News
In a new study of states’ preparedness for disease outbreaks, bioterror attacks and other large-scale disasters, Maine scored six points out of a possible 10 and earned a grade of C+.

Brewer Automotive Components plans shutdown
BREWER, Maine — The national slowdown in the auto industry will cause a temporary shutdown at Brewer Automotive Components.

FORT KENT, Maine — Three St. John Valley school districts have opted to pay annual financial penalties rather than move forward with any consolidation plans as mandated under state law.

From the governor’s office to the showrooms of small auto dealerships throughout the state, many Mainers are paying close attention to the proposed $15 billion bailout of U.S. automakers.

BANGOR, Maine — Fraser Papers Ltd. has sued a Michigan firm in U.S. District Court seeking payment for 1.8 million pounds of specialty paper manufactured at Fraser’s Madawaska facility and shipped to North Carolina between May 5 and June 2.

HERMON, Maine — With little discussion, Hermon School Committee members expressed “no confidence” Monday night in the planned regional school unit consolidation with Carmel and Levant. The unanimous vote is largely symbolic.

Maine Gov. John Baldacci and other state officials on Tuesday announced a public health advisory on domestic violence and sexual assault, calling on health care providers to institute routine screening as part of regular medical visits.

BANGOR, Maine — A group of local pastors plans to attend a meeting of the Gambling Control Board in Augusta Wednesday, Dec. 10 to oppose a proposal by Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway to offer Sunday morning gambling.

Because of anticipated state and federal budget cuts, elderly residents at some Maine assisted living facilities will no longer be served breakfast beginning on Jan. 1.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — An attorney who has championed numerous environmental and human rights causes in Maine has announced that she intends to run for governor in 2010.

Small-Business Boost A loan program unveiled last week fills an important void by targeting money to

Insurance Reform The country’s health insurance industry was praised last week for joining the

Cruelest lies often told in silence Today is a pretty important anniversary. Sixty years ago the world’s

Recognizing economic human rights Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Kennebec Journal

More aid for older Mainers sought
AUGUSTA -- Advocates for the elderly plan to expand legislation requesting an additional $1 million for aid programs, despite state budget shortfalls.

Gardiner gets $25,000 grant for playground
GARDINER -- The city recently received $25,000 toward the cost of a new playground on Gardiner Common.

CHINA: Voters to elect new school unit
CHINA -- On Feb. 3, voters will elect the town's two members of the Regional School Unit 18 board of directors and decide at least four and maybe six local questions -- and they won't have as long as usual to do it.

Cryptozoologist to speak at UMA
AUGUSTA -- Researcher and author Loren Coleman, who has written 30 books on Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster and other animal mysteries, will speak at the University of Maine at Augusta on Saturday.

Cianbro eyes expansion in Pittsfield
PITTSFIELD -- The Cianbro Corp. plans to purchase the former San Antonio Shoe factory off Waverly Avenue for use as its central training center.

Thinking beyond themselves
AUGUSTA -- Two St. Michael School sixth-graders decided on a whopper of a good deed this holiday season: They donated all their birthday presents to the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers.


State expands struggle against domestic abusers
Seventeen Mainers have been killed so far this year by their spouses, ex-spouses, partners or ex-partners. That's more than twice the number of domestic violence-related homicides in 2007.

GEORGE SMITH : Lucky us! We're expected to bail out the nation's stalled economy
Get out there and spend, you miserly peasants! Don't you know it's Christmas, the season of giving and getting, when retailers count on as much as 50 percent of their annual sales?

PAMELA M. PRAH : States' budget gaps balloon to $97 billion
Still reeling from high gas prices this summer and plummeting retirement savings this fall, Americans will soon be feeling the pinch in other ways -- from increased tuition to potentially higher taxes, as states try to close some $97 billion in budget gaps over the next two years.

Sun Journal
5 poisoned by CO in Maine
SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) - Carbon monoxide poisoning is being blamed for the hospitalization of five people who lived in a duplex in South Portland.

Probe finds air toxins around Maine schools
Two northern Maine schools are in toxic hot spots and several tri-county schools are located in areas likely to have poisonous chemicals and cancer-causing agents in the air, according to an investigative report by USA Today.

Estimate on pilfered pills increases to 6,000

In parks, battle of the butts
Lewiston's city council is on the right track with its concern about cigarette butts and dog waste in city parks. The presence of both turns what should be a community asset into an impromptu trash dump.

Obama finds comfort in lessons from Lincoln
Barack Obama has been accused of hubris and arrogance for his continuing references of identification with Abraham Lincoln, who by the measure of many was the greatest of all our presidents.

Panel Reviews Use Of Deadly Force In Cases Involving Mentally Ill

A new report recommends that law enforcement officers in Maine be given more information about people with mental illness who could pose a danger to the public. The findings of a task force convened by Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe propose, among other steps, a change in state law that would require mental health workers to disclose pertinent information to police.

State Leaders Call For Stepped Up Domestic Violence Prevention

December 9, 2008 Reported By: A.J. Higgins

As Maine's statistics on domestic violence-related deaths surge to new levels, a coalition of medical violence prevention professionals is calling for earlier detection of the signs of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Unemployment Woes Have Less Impact On Health Care Workers, Lawyers

December 9, 2008 Reported By: Josie Huang

In November, the country lost more than a half million jobs, the biggest monthly cut in 34 years. Maine has not been immune. To date, employers have slashed 4,000 jobs over the course of the year, according to the State Department of Labor.

The Return Of The Root Cellar

December 9, 2008 Reported By: Anne Ravana

An increase in home gardening and a desire to save money have prompted a surge in the popularity of old-fashioned root cellars. Root cellars aren't just a place to throw a bag of potatoes. In fact, maintaining proper temperature and moisture levels is a tricky science.

Times Record

Gerrish honored for 20 years of service in 'best job I've ever had'...(full story)

Military training center imperiled...(full story)

Nature agencies merger fizzles...(full story)

Mentors help teens' biz plans...(full story)

City development group still unsure of waterfront plan...(full story)