Maine Public staff

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine House failed to override Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill that would have forced the governor to release about $11.5 million in voter-approved conservation bonds, and would have required the governor to authorize any future general obligation bonds approved by voters, with a few caveats.

The House vote of 91 to 52 fell six votes short of the two-thirds needed to override LePage's veto, killing the bill for the session. The Senate voted earlier today to override the veto 25 to 9.

PORTLAND, Maine - Former President George H.W. Bush is in fair condition and will be fitted for a brace to immobilize a fractured vertebrae suffered in a fall Wednesday at his home in Kennebunkport.

That's according to a statement from Bush's office released by Maine Medical Center officials early this afternoon. Officials say the 41st president, who is 91, remains at Maine Medical Center in Portland, and is expected to heal without surgery.

Bush's attending physician, Dr. William D'Angelo, is scheduled to conduct a media briefing today at 3 p.m. at the Portland facility.

Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - A Portland landlord has been indicted on six counts of manslaughter in connection with a fire that killed six young adults last November.  

Gregory Nisbet was indicted on the manslaughter charges after talks for a potential plea deal broke down. He is also facing four criminal charges for code violations, Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson says in a statement.

ROCKLAND, Maine - The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, known worldwide for its collection of American art, has received a $3 million gift to help support its four properties located in Rockland and Cushing.

Museum officials say the gift is from the Wyeth Foundation, based in Delaware.

"With this gift of $3 million - the single largest gift to this museum ever - Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth allow the Farnsworth to once again chart a new course," says the museum's director, Christopher Brownawell, in a statement.

BANGOR, Maine - A union representing nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center say their members are going on a two-day strike next week over staffing levels at the Bangor hospital.

The Maine State Nurses Association, National Nurses Organizing Committee and National Nurses United contract with Eastern Maine Medical Center expires Thursday. In a press release, union officials say there has been little movement over the staffing issue since April.  They maintain that current staffing levels at the facility put patient safety at risk.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers are reacting with shock to accusations that Gov. Paul LePage threatened to withhold $500,000 in funding for a charter school unless the organization that runs the school removed Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves as president.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine House Speaker Mark Eves, a Democrat, will not be serving as the leader of the Good Will-Hickley school in Fairfield after all. Eves was hired for the post in late May and was scheduled to start his new job July 1. But in a statement issued late this afternoon, the board of the institution, home to Maine's first charter school, says it has voted to "seek a new direction for the institution's leadership."

Mid-Coast Forum

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations.

The speaker is Francis J. Ricciardone, Atlantic Council vice president and director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, who will discuss the turmoil and solutions in the Middle East.

Ricciardone was a career Foreign Service officer in Washington, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, including an assignment as ambassador to Turkey.

GRAY, Maine - National Weather Service forecasters say conditions are building that could produce tornadoes this afternoon and tonight in far southern Maine, in York County.

A tornado watch is also in effect for portions of eastern Connecticut, much of Massachusetts, central and southern New Hampshire, Rhode Island and coastal waters.

Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine — MPBN fans in southern Maine will soon be able to hear their favorite radio programs over the air at full strength again.

Twitter

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations for a talk on U.S.-Cuba relations.

The speaker is Elaine Diaz, a Cuban blogger, journalist and professor at the University of Havana, where she teaches courses focusing on digital journalism, communication and technology and society.

She has also written about the digital divide for Cuban and international outlets.

For more on Diaz and the Midcoast Forum, click here.

Courtesy: Maine Warden Service

UPDATE 4:43 p.m. ET: 

ELLIOTSVILLE, Maine - Two campers who disappeared Monday on their way to a parking lot after packing up their gear have been found safe and sound.

Officials with the Maine Warden Service say Michael Chapman, 40,and Kelli MacFarlin were found around noon today.  The two were reported missing at about 4 p.m. Monday.

UNITY, Maine - A Unity man was killed early this morning in a skateboarding accident on the Unity College campus.

Maine State Police say Christopher Garbinski, 23, and two other men on skateboards were descending down a hill on the campus toward Quaker Hill Road when Garbinski failed to make a left hand turn, crossed the road and crashed into a group of trees.

The other two men also crashed, sustaining minor injuries. They've been identified as Sylvanus Egerton, 27, and Luke Munster, 24, both from Unity.

PORTLAND, Maine - Former Maine House Speaker Glenn Cummings has been named the new president of the University of Southern Maine.

WINSLOW, Maine - Maine game wardens are investigating a shooting incident this morning involving two turkey hunters in Winslow.

State officials say the two involved are believed to be a husband and wife who were hunting together.

The man was apparently shot.  His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, officials say.

What led to the shooting is still under investigation. State officials say more information will be provided as details unfold.

Maine's wild turkey hunting season opened Monday.

 

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