News from November 28, 2012

November 28, 2012

Maine 10th in national high school graduation rates

Maine ranks 10th nationwide in high school graduation rates, according to the first nationwide data released by the U.S. Department of Education that uses the same measuring stick for all states.

November 29, 2012

Tomb door stolen from Albion cemetery

"It happens all the time now . . . They'll take flag holders. They'll take the fences, gates, anything. I don't know what to do about it."

November 28, 2012

Wilton police chief says repeat offenders town's biggest issue

WILTON -- Police Chief Heidi Wilcox said one of the biggest issues her department has is repeat offenders for crimes such as copper theft, domestic violence and those that are drug-related.

November 28, 2012

National Organization for Marriage fined $2,000 for missing campaign report deadline

AUGUSTA -- The Maine ethics commission voted unanimously Wednesday to fine the National Organization for Marriage $2,000 for missing a campaign finance reporting deadline in the final weeks leading up to the vote on gay marriage.

November 28, 2012

Four sentenced in Kennebec Superior Court

AUGUSTA -- Four people were sentenced recently in separate cases heard in Kennebec County Superior Court.

November 28, 2012

Court precedent on witnesses behind reasons why Cameron wasn't jailed

Former prosecutor turned fugitive James Cameron was released from prison pending appeal in part because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last summer that prompted the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals to question whether prosecutors could uphold his conviction on 13 counts related to child pornography.

November 28, 2012

Collins still unsettled by ambassador's Benghazi statements

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Susan Collins said she remains troubled about Susan Rice's past statements about attacks on a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, following a one-on-one discussion Wednesday with the United Nations ambassador.

November 28, 2012

Maine Chamber forum seeks to clear clouds over Affordable Care Act's business impact

AUGUSTA -- The federal Affordable Care Act was passed two years ago but uncertainty remains about how the health care reform law will affect individuals and businesses, panelists told more than 100 area employers during a forum Wednesday.

November 29, 2012

Augusta CVS pharmacy robbery on Wednesday is city's ninth this year Several photos included in this story Video clip included

AUGUSTA -- The Capitol Street CVS pharmacy was robbed of drugs for the second time in as many weeks and for the third time this year Wednesday afternoon and police were on the hunt for the man who did it.

November 28, 2012

Fairfield named business-friendly town by state

FAIRFIELD -- Fairfield is the latest town to receive an open for business designation as part of a state program to recognize communities for being business friendly.

November 28, 2012

State revenues down $160 million, spending cuts likely in December

Revenue panel lowers estimates by $35 million this year, $128 million next year

November 28, 2012

Fulbright scholar named new president of Kennebec Valley Community College

Richard Hopper, a Fulbright scholar and Harvard graduate, credits predecessor Barbara Woodlee

November 28, 2012

Morning Sentinel police log, Nov. 28, 2012

IN CLINTON, Tuesday at 5:05 p.m., juvenile offenses were reported on Booker Lane.

November 28, 2012

Augusta man charged with killing roommate opts for trial by judge

AUGUSTA — A judge alone will decide whether Michael T. Young is guilty of murdering his domestic partner David Cox 18 months ago.

November 28, 2012

Police: Augusta CVS Pharmacy robbed

An employee of the pharmacy followed the suspect, who is said to have gotten into an SUV on Western Avenue.

November 28, 2012

Red ink flowing in Maine budget

Forecasts show revenues lagging by $35 million this fiscal year and by $128 million for the two-year budget cycle starting next July.

November 28, 2012

Powerball jackpot boosted again to $550M

A winner taking the cash option would get $360.2 million before taxes.

November 29, 2012

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Final proposal created for 4 classes

AUGUSTA — The Maine Principals’ Association football committee took the biggest step yet towards introducing a fourth class to Maine high school football, when it created its final proposal to go before the classification committee, then to the general membership of the MPA for a vote in March.

November 28, 2012

World Bank educator to lead Fairfield's community college

World Bank education specialist Richard Hopper, of Westport Island, was named the new president of Kennebec Valley Community College Wednesday.

November 28, 2012

Study touts carbon benefits of Maine wind power

The report says the turbines reduce carbon dioxide output by 403,000 metric tons a year, equivalent to the pollution from 79,000 vehicles.

November 28, 2012

Wayne crash injures Winthrop woman

Investigators say driver fell asleep before hitting stone wall.

November 28, 2012

Romney moving into office at son's Boston firm

It's unclear what role, if any, the former presidential candidate will play at Solamere Capital.

November 28, 2012

Friends, family say murder suspect high on drugs day of killing

Friends and family of a man charged with a murder in Anson testified Wednesday that he was high on drugs the day of the killing three years ago.

November 28, 2012

S&P downgrades rating for CMP's parent

The rating agency cuts Iberdrola's rating fell from BBB-plus to BBB, two notches above "junk" status.

November 28, 2012

Maine, 3 other states protest grid operator's budget

The state attorneys general say ISO-New England is not justified in seeking a $165 million budget for 2013.

November 28, 2012

Longtime legislator to head new Maine state office

LePage says Richard Rosen, a Republican, has a proven record of "making the difficult decisions necessary to keep government within its means."

November 28, 2012

Man who threatened LePage, others gets 6-year sentence

The defendant says mental illness played a role in his death letters to Gov. Paul LePage and congressmen.

November 29, 2012

Collins still 'troubled' after meeting with Rice

Maine's senator questions the U.N. ambassador's role after the Libya attack and before previous terrorism in Africa.

November 28, 2012

Windham police: We know who deputy impersonator is

Police said they are not releasing the name of the suspect because he has not yet been charged.

November 28, 2012

NYC nanny pleads not guilty to fatally stabbing 2 children

Yoselyn Ortega was arraigned Wednesday at a hospital where she has been treated for self-inflicted stab wounds.

November 28, 2012

Ethics panel fines primary foe of Maine gay-marriage referendum

The National Organization for Marriage will pay $2,000 for missing a key deadline by 14 hours.

November 28, 2012

Egyptian court suspends work to protest Morsi move Video clip included

The developments are likely to stoke the turmoil triggered when Morsi issued a constitutional declaration last week that placed him above oversight of any kind.

November 28, 2012

Obama to meet Romney at White House on Thursday

The two men will meet in the White House's private dining room. Romney also plans to meet with his former running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

November 28, 2012

Portland School Board nominates Caron for chairman

District 4 representative Justin Costa was nominated as Finance Committee chairman.

November 28, 2012

12 Fitzpatrick Trophy semifinalists announced

The list will be whittled down to three finalists in a vote by the state's coaches and the media.

November 28, 2012

Mass. joins states allowing electronic billboards

Regulations bar flashing lights or moving video in the display and require 15 hours of public service announcements per month.

November 28, 2012

Disney, Sears used Bangladesh factory destroyed by fire

Garments and documents left behind in the factory show it was used by a host of major American and European retailers.

November 28, 2012

NH town ponders sending students to Maine

If Rollinsford voters approve, the town would begin sending students to Marshwood High School in 2015.

November 28, 2012

Big winners share lessons, risks of Powerball win Video clip included

Lottery agencies are keen to show off beaming prize-winners at news conferences, but the tales of big lottery winners who wind up in financial ruin, despair or both are increasingly common.

November 28, 2012

Lewiston woman arrested after 20-mile chase

The chase began when 21-year-old Heather Kullson allegedly fled a traffic stop in Lewiston and lasted more than an hour.

November 28, 2012

UMaine prof ends mystery of missing scallop guts

A Southwest Harbor fisherman had been collecting the scallops for six months for a research project . . .

November 28, 2012

Newly elected NH lawmaker resigns after felony report

Stacie Laughton, who claimed to be the first transgendered person elected to a state legislature, quit after a news report that she was convicted of a felony while living as a man in Laconia.

November 28, 2012

After mostly silence, Jill Kelley defends herself

The Tampa socialite at the center of a scandal involving Gen. David Petraeus seems to be trying to change the narrative about her friendship with the general.

November 28, 2012

500 attend service for 3 killed in plane crash

The service at the University of Maine honored fraternity brothers William 'B.J.' Hannigan of Portland, David Cheney of Beverly, Mass., and Marcelo Rugini of Brazil.

November 28, 2012

Lewiston man gets 16 years for shooting

Prosecutors say Steve Anctil, 26, planned to rob his victim, but ran away empty handed after shooting him.

November 28, 2012

4 Maine communities deemed 'business-friendly'

Under the LePage program, the communities will be given a certificate and road signs to tout the award.

November 28, 2012

Tracking chips in student IDs face challenge

 A Texas school district is adopting the technology to track attendance.