PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - L.L. Bean saw a record year for profits, with company CEO Chris McCormick telling workers this morning the Maine-based retailer is ready to speed up its expansion plans. In a memo to Bean's 5,100 employees, McCormick says the firm plans its largest single-year capital investment, with an additional $100 million on website changes, retail expansion and business systems.
TENANTS HARBOR, Maine (AP) - Knox County prosecutor Geoffrey Rushlau is defending the decision not to pursue charges against the New York driver who hit and killed a Massachusetts boy last summer. At a public meeting, Ruslau says alcohol wasn't involved, there was no drug testing and not enough evidence to prove negligence by Nancy Torgerson. The crash killed Dylan Gold.
MONMOUTH, Maine (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a woman who died in a head-on crash yesterday in Monmouth. Police say Joan Fortier of Mount Vernon was riding in one of the vehicles involved in the crash and died at the scene. Both drivers were also hospitalized.
ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) - A homeless shelter in Rockport that shut down a year ago has re-opened with a new focus aimed at ending the cycle of homelessness. Hospitality House now includes job training, a GED program and lessons on daily challenges such as budgeting. Its director tells WABI-TV the idea is to make a long-term investment in the problem rather than a short-term fix.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by former GOP House Speaker Bill O'Brien saying he suffered no harm from a 2010 primary election eve "robocall" from the state Democratic party. O'Brien sought to run on both the Republican and Democratic ticket since the latter had an empty slot. Democrats used that in a message that O'Brien had asked to join the Democratic party.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Transportation officials say there's no apparent damage to Portsmouth's Memorial Bridge after an oil tanker struck a pier of the span. The pier that was hit by the 600-foot-long "Seapride" was on the Kittery, Maine, side of the channel. The incident has not affected lift operations at the bridge, which also remains open to car and truck traffic.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Senator Jeanne Shaheen has introduced a bridge funding bill that she says would increase federal funding to states for bridge repair by 50 percent, to $5.5 billion. Shaheen says nearly one-third of New Hampshire's bridges are considered deficient or functionally obsolete.
PITTSFIELD, N.H. (AP) - A four-alarm fire in Pittsfield has caused one injury to a firefighter and used so much water that local schools had to close for today. WMUR-TV reports authorities believe the fire at the Rustic Crust pizza crust firm began in an oven and nearly depleted the town's entire water supply.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Sentencing has been set for May for Michael Jacques, the Randolph man who admitted to kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing 12-year-old niece Brooke Bennett in 2008. Under a plea deal, Jacques will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
NORWICH, Vt. (AP) - Investigators say a fire that destroyed a home in Norwich Wednesday was caused by hot ashes from a wood stove that had been put in a shed. Nobody was hurt in the blaze but the town's fire chief says the home is a total loss.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Federal marshals have arrested a man accused of stealing a bottle of liquor from a Bristol store and then fleeing in somebody else's car. The car was eventually found, days later, in Springfield. Kevin Williams of New York City was arrested yesterday afternoon in Rutland.
HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) - Authorities have accused a Quechee woman of stealing more than $126,000 from a research firm she worked for. Police say Jayne Concialdi turned herself in in Hartford yesterday to face embezzlement, forgery and other charges involving New England Research.
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