BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A 20-year-old Maine man has been charged with murder in the death of a 15-year-old girl who was last seen more than a week ago, when she went to meet someone she befriended online. Police say Kyle Dube, of Orono, was charged today in the death of Nichole Cable. Police say a body found in the woods on Monday night is likely that of the high school student.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Two brothers are suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, saying church officials knew a priest was sexually abusing them and other children but failed to stop it. In complaints in Cumberland County Superior Court, Jeffrey and Frederick Conroy say the late Father James Vallely abused them from approximately 1976 through approximately 1979, when they were altar boys at St. Michael's Parish in South Berwick.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Governor Paul LePage says he wants to completely eliminate Maine's income tax. The Republican governor said yesterday that if re-elected he would make eliminating the state income tax a goal. He also acknowledged that it would be difficult if the Legislature remains controlled by Democrats.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Maine psychologist has pleaded guilty to defrauding insurance companies by submitting claims for counseling sessions that never happened. Federal prosecutors said Carole Orem-Hough of South Portland billed insurance companies for two counseling sessions a week when she saw the patient once per week.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Defenders of New Hampshire's enviable role in presidential politics are paying tribute to the past while keeping an eye on the future. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the state law that led to the creation of the modern presidential primary. At a birthday celebration, Republican National Committeeman Steve Duprey says that other states have come to realize that the New Hampshire primary works because it lets the people decide.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Senate's budget committee is saying no to a House-proposed 20-cent cigarette tax hike and delays in several business tax credits worth $53 million in revenue. The Republican-controlled Finance Committee voted 4-2 on the proposals today. The committee is in the process of putting together the Senate's version of the $11 billion, 2-year budget for a vote by the chamber on June 6.
EXETER, N.H. (AP) - A former Exeter Hospital nurse and roommate of a technician accused of stealing drugs and infecting patients with hepatitis C has sued the hospital, saying she was wrongfully terminated. Kerry Descoteau lived with David Kwiatkowski (kwiht-KOW'-skee) and worked with him at the cardiac catheterization laboratory.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire tourism officials are predicting an increase in visitors and spending this Memorial Day weekend, though the outlook is not as optimistic as it was last year. Citing a report by the Institute for New Hampshire Studies, tourism officials say they expect more than a half million visitors from out of state during the holiday weekend - a 1% increase over last year. They anticipate those visitors will spend upwards of $88 million - more than a 2% increase over last year.
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont judge says a couple charged with killing a popular St. Johnsbury teacher must keep their lawyers. The judge made the ruling today after Patricia and Allen Prue appeared separately in court in St. Johnsbury and asked for new lawyers. Patricia Prue told the judge that her lawyer, Marc Eagle, doesn't seem to have a defense for her.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Documents filed by the U.S. Attorney's office allege three men had a role in the 2010 abduction and killing of a Sheffield grandmother. The three, who are related, are in federal or state custody on charges unrelated to the killing of 78-year-old Mary "Pat" O'Hagan. No one has been charged in connection with her death. The Burlington Free Press reports the court paperwork provides different reasons for the killing, such as robbery, and O'Hagan learning about meth being cooked at an abandoned home.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont is getting $6.3 million in federal Homeland Security grants to help the state develop prevention and preparedness programs to respond to acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events. Senator Patrick Leahy says the grants will come from two Homeland Security programs.
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - Forest officials are getting ready to open campsites in the Green Mountain National Forest in time for the Memorial Day weekend. The U.S. Forest Service says forest roads and trails are in very good shape. They expect visits to be up from Vermont residents and from people in and around New England, due in part to high fuel costs.
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