News from February 12, 2013

February 13, 2013

Obama: Nation stronger, lot more work to do Several photos included in this story Video clip included

In his State of the Union, the president calls for investing in infrastructure and early education, ending the Afghan war and tax loopholes, upping the minimum wage, voting on gun control and not increasing the deficit "a single dime."

February 13, 2013

Maine lawmakers questions access to conceal permit holders

AUGUSTA — Uproar over a New York newspaper publishing names and addresses of concealed weapon permit holders has spread to Maine, where lawmakers say lax access laws could lead to wrongdoing.

February 12, 2013

Skowhegan police chief resigns post

SKOWHEGAN — Selectmen on Tuesday night voted to accept the resignation of police Chief Michael Emmons, who will become chief of police at VA Maine Healthcare Systems’ Togus campus, in Augusta.

February 12, 2013

Hallowell voices opposition to LePage's proposed budget cuts Video clip included

HALLOWELL — Municipal officials across the state have said Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed budget will force severe cuts to services or steep increases in property taxes.

February 12, 2013

Pittsfield woman sues former employer over medical pot use

A Pittsfield woman has sued a former employer for not rehiring her after she told them she uses marijuana for medical reasons.

February 12, 2013

Cold, snow, rain test wildlife in winter

If you're a white-footed mouse, 2 feet of snow might be a welcome forecast, but if you're a black-capped chickadee or a white-tailed deer, it's bad, bad news.

February 13, 2013

HazMat specialist pleads guilty to destroying documents

AUGUSTA — A former hazardous materials cleanup specialist for the state has pleaded guilty to destroying records of the final three years of cleanups he was involved in.

February 12, 2013

Mt. Blue taxpayers will take on burden of state shortfalls, superintendent says

FARMINGTON — Under the proposed state budget, Mt. Blue School District taxpayers will continue to pick up state funding shortfalls, Superintendent Michael Cormier said Tuesday evening at the Mt. Blue School Board meeting.

February 12, 2013

RSU 18 opponents agree more involvement is needed in budget process

OAKLAND — The camps that have been sharply divided over proposed increases in the Regional School Unit 18 budget found something to agree on during a first-of-its-kind meeting Tuesday night: The more people who get involved with the district’s budget process, the better.

February 12, 2013

Morning Sentinel police log, Feb. 12, 2013

IN ANSON, Monday at 6:38 p.m., violation of bail was reported on Arnolds Lane.

February 12, 2013

Kennebec County Superior Court sentencing

AUGUSTA -- The following people were sentenced last week in separate hearings in Kennebec County Superior Court:

February 12, 2013

Court to hear arguments in state's appeal in Zumba case

PORTLAND -- The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday afternoon on the state's appeal in the case of Mark Strong Sr., one of two key defendants in the high-profile Kennebunk prostitution case.

February 12, 2013

Senate panel approves Hagel for Pentagon chief

Republican Chuck Hagel now needs approval from the bitterly divided full U.S. Senate to became secretary of defense.

February 12, 2013

Maine's top court hears argument for new trial in topless coffee shop arson

Were potential witnesses intimidated by warnings about self-incrimination and did the jury rush to convict a man of burning down a topless coffee shop in Vassalboro?

February 12, 2013

Obama: Half of US combat troops coming home

The president's move to bring troops home coincides with a major shakeup in his war command.

February 12, 2013

Stranded cruise passengers facing dirty conditions

Some passengers have described unsanitary conditions, including water and feces on the ship's floors.

February 12, 2013

Portland man gets minimum five years for child porn

Jon Fenton, 25, made a tearful apology in U.S. District Court as more than 20 of his friends and family were present to support him.

February 12, 2013

Ocean Renewable gets Fast Company nod

The Portland-based tidal energy company gets a shout-out as one of the world's most innovative energy companies.

February 12, 2013

Maine considers mandatory motorcycle helmets

Medical groups joined brain injury survivors and others in asking the Transportation Committee to pass the bill sponsored by a Biddeford Democrat.

February 12, 2013

WEX lands Maine fleet fuel-card contract

Under the three-year deal, the state is expected to get a rebate of $150,000 a year.

February 12, 2013

1,000s honor ex-Navy SEAL Kyle at Cowboys Stadium

Fellow service members told mourners that Kyle was more than an excellent sniper — he was a devoted family man known for his sense of humor, compassion, selflessness and generosity.

February 13, 2013

'All you could see was fire' Several photos included in this story

A blast tied to a propane leak levels an apartment building in Bath, killing one person, and leaves neighbors shaken.

February 12, 2013

Obama to stress jobs in State of the Union

But many of those in attendance will be listening for the president's message on gun violence.

February 12, 2013

Mass. man charged with taking gold from grandmother's body

Police say Mary Baroni's grandson showed up at the funeral home about 30 minutes before her funeral and asked for a few minutes alone to say a prayer . . .

February 12, 2013

2 Maine inmates get 2 years each for escape

The men escaped in July from Charleston Correctional Facility and were recaptured three days later in Glenburn, about 20 miles away.

February 12, 2013

Bowdoin seeks zoning change for new dormitory

The college can't turn a former assisted living facility into a dorm unless the town approves the change.

February 12, 2013

North Korea conducts third controversial nuke test

The underground test, which set off powerful seismic waves, drew immediate condemnation from Washington, the U.N. and others.

February 12, 2013

Portland couple in DC to advocate for gun control

The parents of Darien Richardson, a 25-year-old Portland woman who died of complications from a gunshot wound, will advocate for "common-sense gun law reforms."

February 12, 2013

Appeal made in Maine topless coffee shop arson

Raymond Bellavance is appealing his sentence of 30 years in prison for burning down the Grand View Coffee Shop in Vassalboro in June 2009.