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Upcoming stories for Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010

By Michael J. Dowd, BDN Staff

Here are some of our coverage plans for the day. This feature is an opportunity for you to comment on our coverage choices, suggest sources, ask questions or share your knowledge in order to help us keep everyone better informed.

We call it “The Daily News Meeting” because the list is generated from the 10 a.m. planning meeting BDN editors conduct each weekday.

Keep in mind that due to the uncertainties of reaching sources and the need to cover breaking news every story listed may not be published today.

A judge has agreed to an expedited review of Alex Hammer’s complaint against Maine’s Secretary of State as part of Hammer’s ongoing fight to get his name on the November ballot as a gubernatorial candidate. Hammer, of Bangor, claims Matt Dunlap wrongly rejected his petitions to qualify for the ballot. Reporter: Kevin Miller

Hollywood Slots in Bangor continues to post solid revenue numbers even in this down economy. Despite some critics, its business model seems to have worked, but will it be altered if a proposed casino for southern Maine becomes a reality? Reporter: Eric Russell

Nearly every year, someone gets hurt in Maine’s back country. To help rescuers prepare for those incidents, Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft is holding a wilderness rescue training seminar, billed as the only one on the East Coast. Participants are coming from all over the region to attend. A simulated rescue is occurring today in Sebec. Reporter: Diana Bowley

text hereUnited Way’s annual fundraiser kickoff is today at Bass Park in Bangor. The goal this year is to help 50,000 families. What are the prospects of a successful drive and what is demand expected to be like given the tough economy? Reporter: Eric Russell

A federal grand jury has indicted a Michigan man accused of fraudulently receiving government benefits while he worked at Togus Veterans Center in Augusta. Mark Stephen Palmquist, 43, also allegedly lied about his criminal background when he got a government job. He worked as a patient representative at Togus from November 2006 to March 2010. Reporter: Judy Harrison

In Lifestyle, we profile an MDI man who builds detailed sculptures of sailboats, buildings and airplanes out of metal gadgets. His business and gallery is called Ernie’s Sculptures. Reporter: Aislinn Sarnacki

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