News from January 26, 2013

January 26, 2013

Municipal aid budget cut looks unlikely

At a glance, it would appear that Gov. Paul LePage used his weekly radio address to double-down on his $6.2 billion, two-year budget proposal.

January 26, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Jan. 26, 2013

IN FARMINGTON, Friday at 5:18 p.m., a motor vehicle accident with injuries was reported on Wilton Road.

January 26, 2013

Skowhegan auto-dealer family expands to laundry business

SKOWHEGAN -- Need to do a load of laundry and shop for a used car?

January 26, 2013

Thousands march for gun control in D.C.

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of people, many holding signs with names of gun violence victims and messages such as "Ban Assault Weapons Now," joined a rally for gun control on Saturday, marching from the Capitol to the Washington Monument.

January 26, 2013

State courts to send mental illness cases to FBI background checks office

Mentally ill people who pose a risk to society or themselves are legally prohibited from owning guns under federal law, but Maine for years has been unable to add the names of such people to the national background database.

January 26, 2013

Bill would use state funds to pay off jail construction debt

SKOWHEGAN -- Rep. Jeff McCabe is co-sponsoring a bill to allocate money from the state's general fund to help pay the debt on the state's jails, including the Somerset County Jail.

January 26, 2013

Old MaineGeneral hospital tax break request reflects risk, all around

AUGUSTA -- The new owner of the soon-to-be-former MaineGeneral Medical Center hospital on East Chestnut Street plans to spend $23 million on renovations to lure in new tenants to the building.

January 26, 2013

Big designs meet limited dollars at Augusta City Council planning retreat Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA -- City councilors want to meet public safety needs, improve communication with the public and explore ways to address social service problems, such as hunger and homelessness.

January 28, 2013

Aging state armories pose big maintenance challenges

GARDINER -- Lt. Col. Dwaine Drummond led a committee of legislators through the 60-year-old National Army Guard armory, pointing out areas needing improvement.

January 26, 2013

Winslow struggles with fate of aging, but beloved, junior high school building

WINSLOW -- When the Winslow Junior High School building was constructed in 1928, Calvin Coolidge was president, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane and Eliot Ness was hired by the U.S. Justice Department to lead the Prohibition bureau in Chicago.

January 26, 2013

King lauds first-step fix to U.S. Senate filibuster reform

WASHINGTON -- After months of campaign pledges to work to fix the "broken" Senate, Sen. Angus King got his first chance last week to vote on one of the biggest reasons he said the chamber needs fixing: the filibuster.

January 26, 2013

RSU 18 hope is for less rancor, even as divisions over school budget grow

OAKLAND --The forces that clashed last year about school funding at Regional School Unit 18 hope that this year's budget process will be more civil, but their positions may be as far apart as ever.

January 27, 2013

Huge crowd turns out to denounce possible transport of tar sands in region Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Foes and backers dispute whether there are plans to transport the substance to Casco Bay.

January 26, 2013

Iowa Sen. Harkin announces he won't run again in 2014

Democrat Tom Harkin says, "I just think it's time for me to step aside."

January 26, 2013

Report: McKee Foods seeking Hostess' Drake's brand

Hostess said Friday that it expects to unveil a bidder for Drake's snack cakes, which include Devil Dogs and Yodels, next week.

January 26, 2013

Piscataqua River bridge now open for shipping traffic

Officials will attempt to lower the span and make repairs on Sunday so that it can re-open for Monday morning traffic.

January 26, 2013

Vonn beats Maze to win World Cup giant slalom

Vonn has 59 World Cup wins, just three away from equaling Annemarie Moser Proell's record on the women's side.

January 26, 2013

Four men from Mexico area charged with selling cocaine Several photos included in this story

The men were arrested following a year-long investigation by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

January 26, 2013

Azarenka wins back-to-back Australian titles

Victoria Azarenka beats Li Na in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

January 26, 2013

Auburn holds 13th annual Winter Festival

Downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sledding, skating and ice carving demonstrations are some of the many activities.

January 26, 2013

LePage defends budget cuts in weekly radio address

The governor says he'd like to share more money with towns and cities, but the state simply does not have it.

January 26, 2013

Drug issues propel rise in foster care in Maine

As more children land in state custody, Health and Human Services officials say they need extra funding.

January 26, 2013

Maine lawmakers tour state prison in Windham Several photos included in this story Video clip included

 The visit comes as legislators begin assessing Gov. Paul LePage's $100 million plan for a new prison.