Maine Things Considered

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Susan Sharon

MILLINOCKET, Maine - The Appalachian Trail, already popular with hikers, is expected to see a big bump in traffic with the release of "A Walk in the Woods," the movie based on the memoir of two men's experience along the 2,200-mile route that runs from Georgia to Maine.

And it's Thursday, time again for Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable. Our regulars include Cynthia Dill, an attorney with the Portland firm of Troubh Heisler and a former Democratic state senator, former Republican lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, and Dick Woodbury, an economist who served in the Maine Senate as an independent. They spoke with Keith Shortall.

Across the Aisle is heard most Thursdays on MPBN Radio.

Tom Porter / MPBN

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Visiting Maine Thursday, Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina promised she would increase accountability in the federal government and in the White House if she's elected as the nation's chief executive.

Fiorina spoke before about 500 people at a sold-out luncheon in South Portland organized by the Maine Heritage Policy Center, a conservative advocacy group.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The district attorney for Kennebec and Somerset Counties wants tougher penalties for the crime of terrorizing, which is applied in prosecutions of school bomb threats, among other things. Advocates say the change could deter such acts, but critics question that claim.

District Attorney Maeghan Maloney says several bomb threats at Cony High School in Augusta last June prompted her to call for an increase in the penalty for the crime of terrorizing. Right now it's a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

ORRINGTON, Maine - The former owners of an Orrington chemical plant must pay for an engineering study to figure out how to clean up toxic mercury dumped in the Penobscot River in the 1960s and 70s.