News from December 20, 2012

December 20, 2012

GOP delays "Plan B" fiscal cliff vote

WASHINGTON -- Confronted with a revolt among the rank and file, House Republicans abruptly put off a vote Thursday night on legislation allowing tax rates to rise for households earning $1 million and up, complicating attempts to avoid a year-end fiscal cliff that threatens to send the economy into recession.

December 20, 2012

Maine's whooping cough cases triple; worst in 50 years

Reported cases of whooping cough in Maine more than tripled this year, in line with a national trend that resulted in the worst year of pertussis infection in the United States in more than 50 years.

December 20, 2012

Christmas spirit triumphs over Oakland grinches

OAKLAND -- The generosity of people near and far has helped a frightened woman sleep a little better this Christmas season.

December 20, 2012

Firm offers alternatives to BPA in lids, cans

AUGUSTA -- There is no chemical substitute for the bisphenol-A that is used in infant formula cans and baby food lids.

December 20, 2012

KVCC, paper mills team up to train younger workers

FAIRFIELD -- With an increasing number of paper mill employees retiring out of the workforce, Kennebec Valley Community College hopes to school another generation in the traditional backbone of Maine's production economy.

December 21, 2012

Store employees save Anson family from burning home

ANSON -- Store workers saw fire coming from the back of a mobile home near the store early Thursday morning and woke up the family inside, likely saving their lives.

December 20, 2012

Outsider money hit $3.6M in 2012 Maine elections

Maine's 2012 legislative elections have broken another record.

December 20, 2012

Madison, county agree to share tech services

MADISON -- The town will partner with the county to bring information technology services to the town office.

December 20, 2012

DA consolidates charges in Mount Vernon illegal hunting case

AUGUSTA -- Fifteen of the 57 hunting violations against a Mount Vernon man have been condensed by the district attorney's office into a single felony charge.

December 21, 2012

Homeless man charged in 1976 killing suffers 'medical issue'; extradition delayed

AUGUSTA -- A return to Maine has been put on hold for a homeless Seattle man accused of killing a city woman 36 years ago. Authorities said Gary Raub had an unspecified medical issue.

December 20, 2012

3 finalists named for Fitzpatrick Trophy

The three finalists were selected from 10 candidates by a vote of football coaches from all three classes of state competition and members of the media.

December 20, 2012

In Maine, outsiders outspent candidates for first-time ever

The reports add to calls for reforms that would blunt influence by those from away.

December 20, 2012

Police: Threat to Maine schools 'baseless'

They only found evidence of baseless rumors, they say, but some districts are still enhancing their officer presence Friday.

December 20, 2012

Maine health office warns about carbon monoxide

Seven people have been poisoned by the gas since November.

December 20, 2012

Workforce focus of new legislative committee

AUGUSTA — Democratic legislative leaders announced Wednesday that they will form a committee to try to strengthen Maine’s workforce.

December 20, 2012

Fairfield police to deliver presents tonight

FAIRFIELD — For the sixth year in a row, Fairfield police officers will be wearing their uniforms, Santa Claus hats and wide smiles as they distribute presents to children in need throughout the community.

December 20, 2012

Somerset County OK's community-guided planning, zoning for in northern areas

SKOWHEGAN — The Somerset County Economic Development Corp. is asking the state for help with community-guided planning and zoning in northern areas of the county.

December 20, 2012

Charity hopes to feed 1,000 at annual Waterville Christmas dinner

WATERVILLE — A local charity hopes to feed 1,000 people Christmas dinner this year at an annual event that continues to grow.

December 20, 2012

Portland lifts boil water order; says water is safe

Water main break on Wednesday flooded parts of downtown, resulted in boil order for fear of contamination. Water district says Thursday morning that all tests came back negative.

December 20, 2012

Waterville seeks ways to decrease night crime at downtown pubs

WATERVILLE — City officials are exploring ways to decrease late night fights, vandalism and other problems stemming from excessive alcohol use at downtown bars and nightclubs.

December 20, 2012

Waterville police log, Dec. 19

Fight, theft, assault

December 20, 2012

Kennebec Tales: It’s all about the orange Several photos included in this story

This time of year is a season of contradictions. The message is joy, peace, love and all that good stuff. But the message seems to put a lot of pressure on people.

December 20, 2012

Naked 63-year old man stopped for speeding in Phippsburg

Arresting officer reported the man "wasn't wearing any clothes, whatsoever."

December 20, 2012

Ayla Reynolds case: If it’s DNA, it’s probably blood, expert says

WATERVILLE — When an attorney for Ayla Reynolds’ paternal family announced Friday that DNA found in the toddler’s home might not be blood, it led many to ponder two questions: If it isn’t blood, then what is it? And If investigators found Ayla’s DNA, couldn’t they determine the type of substance it came from?

December 20, 2012

Owner of Maine, NY head shops admits drug counts

The owner of Tebbs Smokeshops in Portland, Biddeford and Auburn has pleaded guilty to a range of charges including selling illegal synthetic drugs.

December 20, 2012

Out-of-state family to claim body of Nancy Lanza

Adam Lanza's mother once lived in New Hampshire and her brother is a retired police captain in Kingston, N.H.

December 20, 2012

LePage agrees with state's poor business ranking

The Republican governor cites several reasons for Maine's poor ranking but he singled out energy costs.

December 20, 2012

Americans to lose right to adopt in Russia

It is the latest salvo in a tit-for-tat feud began when the U.S. Congress approved a trade bill that orders the United States to deny visas to Russian human rights violators.

December 20, 2012

Woman heading to court to get her monkey back

The young monkey captured worldwide attention earlier this month when he was spotted wandering an Ikea store parking lot in a little coat.

December 20, 2012

NH couple accused of denying child food

Police say the couple also taped the 13-year-old girl's hands to the wall.

December 20, 2012

Midwest hit by its first major snowstorm of season

Forecasters warned that heavy snowfall coupled with strong winds would create blizzard conditions for morning commuters from Kansas to Wisconsin.

December 20, 2012

Texas town allows teachers to carry concealed guns

"We don't have money for a security guard, but this is a better solution," says Superintendent David Thweatt.

December 20, 2012

Monhegan gets grant to upgrade power system

The grant will fund a solar power system, a new generator and a new switching system.

December 20, 2012

Maine small businesses speak out on 'fiscal cliff'

Members of the Maine Small Business Coalition are calling for measures including higher taxes on incomes above $250,000.

December 20, 2012

Battle brews over disaster relief for Maine, New England fisheries

Senate Republicans seek to remove funds to assist fishermen from a Hurricane Sandy relief package.