State budget gap
4:55 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Analysis: Maine Facing $461 Million Budget Gap

AUGUSTA, Maine - The new Maine Legislature and next governor will face a $461 million two-year budget gap in January, according to an analysis by the state budget office. The gap is the difference between expected revenues and projected expenditures. But some lawmakers are already questioning some of the assumptions in the analysis.

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Verso mill
4:28 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Verso to Close Bucksport Mill, Affecting 500 Workers

BUCKSPORT, Maine - Verso Paper says its mill in Bucksport is closing, affecting more than 500 workers.

Company officials say the mill will shut down by the end of the year.

Verso Paper also owns a mill in Jay and the company is attempting to merge with NewPage, which owns a mill in Rumford.

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Profile in Courage award
12:11 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

George H.W. Bush Finally Receives JFK Award

BOSTON - President George H.W. Bush has received his John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award from one of Kennedy's grandsons.

Jack Schlossberg presented the award to Bush on Tuesday at the former president's home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

The award was given in recognition of the political courage Bush demonstrated when he agreed to a 1990 budget compromise that reversed his 1988 campaign pledge not to raise taxes. The move, unpopular with Republicans, may have cost him re-election.

Police shooting
8:39 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Deal in Farmington Wrongful Death Suit Rejected

FARMINGTON, Maine - A lawsuit against the town of Farmington, the police chief and an officer filed by the parents of an Army veteran shot and killed by police will move forward after the town rejected a settlement.

The Morning Sentinel reports that details of the proposal are confidential, but attorneys said the case is continuing.

The parents of 28-year-old Justin Crowley-Smilek allege in their wrongful death lawsuit that Officer Ryan Rosie used unreasonable force when he shot their son, who had a knife, in 2011.

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8:12 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Police ID Two Men Involved in Medical Marijuana Robbery

WINTERPORT, Maine - Maine State Police say they've identified two of three men suspected of robbing a Winterport man of his medical marijuana last week.

Authorities say they're looking for Jeffrey Hurd, 47, and Scott Roberts, 35, both of Glenburn. Both men are considered armed and dangerous.

The men were identified after police released  surveillance photos of them on the victim's property, and received more than three dozen tips from the public.

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7:53 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Oxford Woman Faces Sentencing in Fatal Crash

PARIS, Maine - A Maine woman convicted of manslaughter for being behind the wheel during a crash that killed two of her passengers faces sentencing.

Kristina Lowe is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Oxford County Superior Court in connection with the January 2012 crash in West Paris that took the lives of 19-year-old Logan Dam and 16-year-old Rebecca Mason.

Prosecutors say Lowe - 19 at the time - had been drinking and was reading a text message when she crashed. She was acquitted of drunken driving charges and her lawyers denied she was on the phone.

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Fatal crash
6:34 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Driver Dead in Early Morning Bangor Crash

BANGOR, Maine - Bangor police are investigating an early morning fatal crash.

Police say the victim's pickup drove the wrong way down a street at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday before crashing down an embankment.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim's name was not immediately made public.

Motorcycle fatality
6:24 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Turner Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident

TURNER, Maine - A motorcycle rider involved in an accident with an SUV on Route 4 in Turner has died.

The Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department says 41-year-old Gary Michaud died at the hospital at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, about five hours after the accident.

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Historic landmarks
4:24 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Homes of Peary, Perkins Become National Landmarks

PORTLAND, Maine - The island home of arctic explorer Adm. Robert Peary and the homestead of labor leader Frances Perkins have been designated as national historic landmarks in Maine.
    Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine said Tuesday that the two sites are among nine that are joining more than 2,500 national historical landmarks nationwide.
    They described the two Maine locations as "treasured symbols of our heritage.''

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LePage nominations
3:39 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Maine Senate Rejects Dench Nomination, in Party Line Vote

Susan Dench, whose nomination to the UMS board of trustees was rejected by the Maine Senate.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - The state Senate followed the recommendation of the Legislature’s Education Committee and rejected Gov. Paul LePage’s nomination of Susan Dench to the University of Maine System board of trustees. The vote was not without lengthy debate.

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