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    July 25, 2017

    Judge weighs arguments in case of truck driver accused of causing two deaths

    A state judge will begin deliberating next month on a defense request to throw out blood tests and statements made by a Tennessee truck driver accused of driving drunk and speeding, resulting in a crash last year that claimed the lives of two local residents. A two-day hearing ended Tuesday in Knox County Superior Court on motions filed in the case of 55-year-old Randall Junior Weddle. Justice William Stokes gave ...

  • Published
    May 17, 2017

    State issues air-quality warning for coast Thursday

    Ground-level ozone concentrations will be climbing in Maine Thursday, May 18, and are expected to reach unhealthy levels along the entire coastline and will reach inland to include the interior regions according to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. In addition, moderate levels of particle pollution are expected in the same area on Thursday. This is a multiday ozone event that has been building ...

  • Published
    April 6, 2017

    Casas testifies in favor of death with dignity bill

    The Health and Human Services Committee listened to testimony on LD 347, An Act To Support Death with Dignity, on April 5. This bill enacts a process for patient-directed care at the end of life for adult Maine residents who are terminally ill and who have been determined to have a limited life expectancy. Rep. Owen Casas, an independent from Rockport, joined other legislators who testified in favor of the ...

  • Published
    March 29, 2017

    Two local Marine Patrol officers honored for 'heroic actions'

    Maine's governor and the commander of the First Coast Guard District presented the Silver Lifesaving Medal and Certificate of Valor to two Maine Marine Patrol Officers at the State House March 29 in Augusta. Gov. Paul R. LePage and Rear Adm. Steven D. Poulin awarded Specialist Corrie Roberts the Silver Lifesaving Medal and Sgt. Matt Talbot the Certificate of Valor for their heroic actions in October 2015 after ...

  • Published
    March 9, 2017

    Bill would allow cash Clean Election contributions

    A bill filed by Sen. Dave Miramant, D-Camden, would make it easier for citizens to contribute to publicly financed candidates. LD 585, “An Act To Allow Cash Qualifying Contributions under the Maine Clean Election Act,” would amend the definition of a “qualifying contribution” under the Maine Clean Election Act to include $5 cash contributions. It was the subject of a public hearing in the Veterans and Legal ...

  • Published
    March 2, 2017

    Dow files bill to repeal Question 2's education surtax

    State Sen. Dana Dow, R-Waldoboro, has sponsored legislation to roll back the three percent surtax on income over $200,000 passed by voters when they approved Question 2 last November. If passed, LD 571, “An Act To Eliminate the 3 Percent Surcharge on Certain Income and Provide an Alternative Funding Source for the Fund To Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education,” would eliminate the new income tax ...

  • Published
    February 17, 2017

    Company seeks $45 million state bond for building waste plant in Hampden

    A company working to build a first-of-its-kind waste management plant in Hampden has applied for a $45 million bond from the Finance Authority of Maine, a key step in the facility being built to serve the waste removal needs of many central Maine communities. Maryland-based Fiberight would use the authority’s conduit bond as a “pass-through” to receive credit from investors while avoiding federal income taxes, ...

  • Published
    December 8, 2016

    Miramant takes second oath of office

    Sen. David Miramant, D-Camden, was inaugurated to the Maine Senate during a swearing-in ceremony held Dec. 7 at the State House in Augusta. “I am honored that my constituents have sent me back to Augusta for a second term,” Miramant said in a news release. “I look forward to putting people first and working to bring good-paying jobs, alternative energy solutions and lower property taxes to the citizens of Knox ...

  • Published
    June 16, 2015

    DOT public forum to discuss public transit service

    The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) hosts a series of public forums regarding general public transit service. These forums are scheduled for the following dates: A local forum will be held Tuesday, June 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Department of Health and Human Services office. A recent statewide analysis of transit services compiled as part of the Maine Strategic Transit Plan 2025 indicates unmet ...

  • Published
    May 21, 2015

    Business, experts support Miramant bill to protect power grid

    A measure that would protect Maine’s power grid from catastrophic long-term blackouts received strong support during a public hearing in the state’s Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee May 20, according to a news release from the state Senate Democratic Office. The bill, LD 1363, "An Act To Secure the Maine Electrical Grid from Long-term Blackouts," would authorize the Public Utilities Commission to ...

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