BANGOR, Maine (AP) - The lawyer for a Maine man charged with killing a 15-year-old girl wants a judge to keep affidavits and search warrants with details about the case under seal. Stephen Smith, lawyer for Kyle Dube (DOO'-bee), filed the motion yesterday, a day after news organizations challenged a judge's decision to impound a state police affidavit. The document explains why the Orono (OHR'-uh-noh) man was charged this week in the death of Nichole Cable.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - No progress is seen in Augusta as Republicans backing Governor Paul LePage and majority Democrats hope for ways to repay a looming debt to hospitals and expand Medicaid services. The Senate and House took today off from sessions. But the two parties' House leaders' comments on a television program indicated that the sides are no closer to agreement.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine is 1 of the nation's top maple syrup-producing states, and Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill to change the way the sweet product is graded. LePage today put his name on a bill that replaces Maine's existing maple syrup grading system with one proposed by the International Maple Syrup Institute. That change will create a uniform grade of maple syrup worldwide.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Governor Paul LePage, who got in a tussle with legislative leaders for having a television running outside his office, is still staying away from his State House office in protest. But the TV has a new, less-political today. The governor didn't like being told earlier this month that running the TV violated State House rules of decorum. Ushering in Memorial Day weekend, LePage and first lady Ann LePage are honoring Maine's fallen soldiers.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Senate's budget committee is making adjustments to its $10.7 billion 2-year spending plan for New Hampshire in hopes of wrapping up Tuesday. The Finance Committee decided today to require hospitals to participate in a managed care network by July 1st if the hospitals want state compensation for charity care. The state has not been able to implement the managed care network because the hospitals balked at joining.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Police in Portsmouth have arrested four people on charges of selling heroin. Police said search warrants were executed Friday in the Gosling Meadows neighborhood, which is housing authority property. Because of that, police said the four may be subject to enhanced penalties. In addition the arrests, police said one other person is wanted on a count of conspiracy to sell heroin.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Fish and Game officials say five pairs of endangered piping plovers are nesting along the sandy shores of Hampton and Seabrook. Their breeding habitat is fenced with yellow roping to indicate the birds' presence to beachgoers and to allow the mating pairs space to nest and raise their young.
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - The police department in Nashua has asked to be reimbursed for $15,000 spent in overtime while helping in the search for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) last month. WMUR-TV reports police from the New Hampshire city were among those who assisted in the search in Massachusetts for Tsarnaev following the April 15 bombings.
JERICHO, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says state officials are adding up the damage from overnight flash flooding to determine if it meets the $1 million threshold that could bring federal disaster assistance. Shumlin made the comments today in Jericho after surveying the damage at the intersection of Cilley Hill Road and Vermont Route 15.
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - Police say four people have been arrested on charges of forcing two women into a car at gunpoint in Brattleboro. The Brattleboro Reformer reports police stopped the vehicle and arrested 3 of the suspects- 38-year-old Jacobina Carter of Brattleboro; 19-year-old Marcus Koritz of Springfield, Massachusetts; and 29-yeasr-old James Manning of Jersey City, New Jersey - on kidnapping charges.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A committee of Vermont State Board of Education has been set up to do a national search for a new education secretary. Armando Vilaseca, who was education commissioner, was appointed to the job for a year in January. Governor Peter Shumlin had said that a national search would begin at midyear for someone to take the job on a more permanent basis.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Senator Patrick Leahy says reforming the U.S. immigration system requires a comprehensive, rather than a piecemeal, approach. The Vermont Democrat's comments came at a news conference today, three days after the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Leahy chairs, approved a package including a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people in the country illegally.
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