News from February 25, 2013

February 25, 2013

Pingree working to close loophole limiting injured veterans' benefits

Chellie Pingree WASHINGTON — It took Chris Kotch years to physically recover from the serious injuries he suffered when an improvised explosive device struck his Army patrol vehicle in the early days of the war in Iraq.

February 25, 2013

Legislators call LePage's low-income, private-school voucher program a backdoor move

AUGUSTA — The LePage administration is proposing a $530,000 school voucher program for low-income students to pay some of the transportation, tuition and residential costs of a non-religious private school or a public school in another district.

February 25, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Feb. 25, 2013

IN BELGRADE, Sunday, at 11:13 a.m., suspicious activity was reported at Camp Bomazeen in Belgrade.

February 25, 2013

Colby grad wins Oscar for short documentary film on Sunday

WATERVILLE — When Andrea Nix Fine was a student at Colby College, she was one of the earliest students to take the school’s only video production class.

February 26, 2013

Maine graduation rates extend upswing for third straight year

AUGUSTA — Maine’s high school graduation rate has shown significant improvement for the third straight year.

February 26, 2013

Mayor tells Waterville Rotary that new economic development boss is a priority

WATERVILLE — Waterville’s mayor said Monday that one of her goals this year is to convince councilors to fund an economic development director.

February 25, 2013

Waterville police release more photos of bank robber, urge public's help

WATERVILLE — Police on Monday appealed to the public for help in identifying a man who robbed the KeyBank on Kennedy Memorial Drive recently and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

February 25, 2013

Richmond resident believes new library building can be erected with available funds

RICHMOND — The latest and cheapest proposal to build a new public library could find its funds in money the town already has on the books.

February 26, 2013

Blind diner wins rights panel's backing for Seeing Eye dog discrimination claim

A human rights panel voted 5-0 Monday to find reasonable grounds that the Great Wall Buffet in Augusta discriminated against a Presque Isle man who was seated apart from the rest of the diners when his Seeing Eye dog accompanied him at the restaurant two years ago.

February 25, 2013

Tom Brady signs 3-year extension with Patriots

The future Hall-of-Famer is taking a major salary reduction in hopes the team will use the money to improve.

February 25, 2013

C. Everett Koop, ex-surgeon general, dies at 96

Koop raised the profile of the surgeon general by railing against smoking and endorsing condoms and sex education.

February 25, 2013

February snows consuming municipal budgets

A recent barrage of snowstorms is rapidly depleting municipalities of the salt, sand, fuel and overtime they have budgeted to keep the roads safe.

February 25, 2013

Waterville demonstrators protest community support worker's departure

WATERVILLE — Demonstrators holding signs outside Kennebec Behavioral Health on Eustis Parkway early Monday said they were protesting the departure of a beloved community support worker.

February 25, 2013

Lawmakers question plan to shift schools' retirement costs

The state proposes to trim its budget by asking local districts to pay significantly more for public school teachers' retirement costs.

February 26, 2013

Wardens will resume search for Rangeley Lake snowmobilers Wednesday

RANGELEY — The Maine Warden Service will resume the search Wednesday for three snowmobilers believed to have died in Rangeley Lake in late December.

February 26, 2013

'Very sexual' photos at issue in Zumba case

The prosecution says the photos are proof of prostitution, but Mark Strong's lawyers say they are too 'prejudicial' to show in court.

February 25, 2013

New England white pines are losing more needles

"Something very serious is stressing the trees," says one expert from UNH's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space.

February 26, 2013

LePage opts not to meet with Obama

The governor attended Republican events, but left early for a Florida vacation instead of discussing budget cuts and meeting with Democrats.

February 25, 2013

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February 25, 2013

Judge seals proceedings against 11-year-old manslaughter suspect

SKOWHEGAN — A hearing to determine the competency of an 11-year-old girl accused of manslaughter in the death of an infant last summer will be closed to the press and the public.

February 25, 2013

Maine gas prices up another penny

Price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com reports an average of $3.84 per gallon.

February 25, 2013

Florida girl gets her wish, makes snowman in Maine

Sophia Galvan, 6, is in remission from a form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma

February 25, 2013

Pope changes conclave rules, allows earlier start

In order to be in place for the church's solemn Holy Week, beginning Easter Sunday, the new Pope will need to be installed by Sunday, March 17.

February 25, 2013

NH House voting on bill requiring abortion waiting period

The House is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to kill a bill that would require a woman's doctor to provide her with information about risks and alternatives to abortion during a 24-hour waiting period.

February 25, 2013

Lawmaker plugs a tax break for electric cars

Bangor Democratic Sen. Geoffrey Gratwick's bill would create a temporary income tax credit for the purchase of qualified plug-in electric vehicles.