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USATHSS Fifth Quarter 2012 Highlights Preview

(NEWS CENTER) - The USA TODAY High School Sports Fifth Quarter Season preview is coming up fast!

Mark your calendars and set your DVRs (because you are going to want to watch it more than once) for NEWS CENTER on Saturday August 31st at 7:30PM. The 2013 high school football season proves to be another fun one for players, cheerleaders, coaches, officials and fans of the game all around.

As always NEWS CENTER is poised to bring you loads of exciting high school football content. Our USA TODAY High School Sports site is new and improved and ready to be more interactive than ever. We also have a few tricks up our sleeve at NEWS CENTER...but you are going to have to wait for those items to be announced.

LePage, House Speaker disagree on transportation bond

NORTH BERWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Appearing at an employee appreciation event for workers at Pratt & Whitney manufacturing facility, Governor Paul LePage and Speaker of the House Mark Eves agreed to disagree over the handling of a proposed $100 million transportation bond.

Governor LePage had written a letter to Democratic leaders encouraging the legislature reconvene in August to pass a transportation bond, paving the way for the proposal to be voted on at the polls in November. 

He says instead of contacting him to discuss the matter, they issued their own press release saying they will take the matter up in September and have the bond issue appear on the ballot in June instead, a move the governor says will have an impact on road construction projects next year.

MPA Football Committee decides on championships

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Maine Principals' Association football committee met in Augusta today to finalize Championship plans for the new four class system which will begin with the 2013 football season.

As NEWS CENTER reported earlier, the proposal on the table was to hold one championship game at Morse Field, Alfond Stadium at The University of Maine in Orono on Friday night and three games at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland on Saturday. Those plans were approved by the committee Tuesday.

The 2013 Class B Championship will be held Friday night, November 22 at Morse Field. Classes A, C and D will take place Saturday November 23 at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. The committee also finalized the plan to rotate the Class B, C and D games in Orono over three years and keep the Class A game in Portland.

Mainers drop playoff opener, on brink of elimination

NEWPORT, Mass. (NEWS CENTER) - A night after Sanford played their way into their sixth straight New England Collegiate League playoffs, the Mainers are once again one loss away from ending their season. 

Sanford dropped the opening game in their best-of three series against Newport by an 11-4 final.
 
Game two will take place Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Goodall Park in Sanford. 

Sally Struthers gets trial date in Maine OUI case

ALFRED, Maine (AP) - Actress Sally Struthers has a trial set for September on a criminal charge of driving under the influence in Maine.

Court records say the 66-year-old Struthers must be present for the trial. The York Weekly newspaper reports that jury selection is scheduled for Sept. 23 in York County Superior Court in Alfred.

Police arrested Struthers on Sept. 12, 2012, in the resort town of Ogunquit (oh-GUHNG'-kwit), where she was performing at the Ogunquit Playhouse in the musical "9 to 5." She has pleaded not guilty.

Struthers is best known for her role as Gloria Stivic in the 1970s TV sitcom "All in the Family."

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Sanford wants to lure theme park

SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Could Sanford be the future home of a multi-million dollar amusement park? That's the dream of two businessmen who want to build a Maine Adventure Park in the former mill town.

Bill Underwood and H. Allen Mapes hired a team of consultants from California to tour the area and conduct a study on it's potential as a major tourist attraction.

The consultants have worked on numerous projects including Disney World in Florida and Six Flags New England. State tourism officials say about 28 million tourists visit Maine each year and the consultants say an unique year round theme park could attract visitors from the Greater Boston area and New Hampshire.