NORTH MONMOUTH, Maine (AP) - Police say one person has died in two-vehicle accident in North Monmouth. The accident involving a car and SUV happened on Route 202 in front of Hall's Collision Center this morning. The passenger of the car died and a hospital is treating the two drivers.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Republican Senator Susan Collins, who's seeking a fourth term, has filed her nominating petitions with Maine elections officials. Major party candidates for U.S. Senate are required to file 2,000 certified signatures by March 17th. By submitting hers today, Collins beat Democrat Shenna Bellows to qualify for the ballot.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine Senate has given final approval to a bill that would place a moratorium on virtual charter schools in the state. The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Langley was enacted by a 24-11 vote on Thursday. It will now be sent to Republican Governor Paul LePage, where it faces a likely veto.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A scholarship program aimed giving every newborn a $500 college savings down payment is going to automatically enroll babies, ensuring the money is available to all of the 12,000 or so children born in Maine each year. The foundation started by the late Harold Alfond announced the changes on Thursday. Officials said automatic enrollment means parents no longer will be required to set up a NextGen college savings fund.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's state Senate has approved a bipartisan agreement to use federal Medicaid money to buy private health insurance for thousands of poor adults. After several hours of debate, the Republican-controlled Senate rejected several amendments today and voted 18-5 to pass the bill, which has a good chance of passing in the Democratic-controlled House.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would require courts to terminate the parental rights of rapists when petitions are filed by women who bear children after being sexually assaulted. The bill must still be approved by the House. The proposal would apply to those who have been convicted of sexual assault or if a fact-finding hearing determines the child was conceived as a result of sexual assault.
RAYMOND, N.H. (AP) - Police in the town of Raymond say they're investigating several incidents of firewood theft. Police said wood has been stolen from several properties in the Lane Road area of town. Investigators said they're looking for a vehicle described as an older model white pickup truck, possibly with a blue driver's side door.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A group of U.S. senators is asking the Defense Department to identify and return the remains of 21 sailors killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor. The sailors were aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma when it was torpedoed on December 7th, 1941. Nearly 430 men died and the remains of 21 sailors classified as unknown were buried in five caskets in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. The effort is led by Senators Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Chris Murphy of Connecticut.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The unionized bus drivers who drive routes in parts of northern Vermont are going to be holding a public forum to discuss a possible strike. The drivers for the Chittenden County Transportation Agency could go on strike on Monday, but before that happens, they're planning to hold a forum today at Burlington City Hall.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals is beginning a grievance process because Fletcher Allen Health Care terminated contacts for 35 per diem nurses over the phone. President of the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals Mari Cordes says they "are not happy about it, in particular how it was handled."
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man has been sentenced to 33 months in jail for a fraudulent coupon scheme targeting baby-food companies. Forty-four-year-old Jon Bilodeau of Rutland pleaded guilty in October to a federal charge of fraud. The Rutland Herald reports prosecutors said bank statements show baby-food companies were tricked into honoring over $571,000 worth of coupons Bilodeau bought at discounted values at online auctions.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed two new members to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board. Cheryl Frank Sullivan of Underhill has been appointed to represent Chittenden County. She replaces Edward Gallo, whose term has expired.
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