There are some new patients at the Houses School of Nursing.Thanks to a Federal Grant, the school was able to purchase a new family of patient simulators.The equipment was showcased Tuesday to a packed house of healthcare professionals and members of the community.From expectant mothers…
RSU 20 union teachers and school board members aren’t seeing eye to eye on contract negotiations.The union representing RSU 20 teachers issued a public statement earlier this month claiming that contract negotiations between the parties had come to a stand still over $16,000 dollars.But the school board negotiating committee says that number is way off.The school board says the difference between the two sides for the three year contract they are negotiations is more like $590,000 dollars.The next step in the negotiation process is the fact finding phase, which will take place on June 2nd.
House democrats fought today to pass a measure to raise the minimum wage by $.50, but were defeated by a 77-69 vote against the measure.The current minimum wage is Maine is $7.50 an hour, or about $15,600 a year.The bill would have raised the rate by $.25 in October and an additional $.25 a year later.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 34% of Maine workers earned minimum wage or slightly higher in 2008.Republicans rejected the measure, saying workers were not barred from asking employers for a raise and suggested that the increase would be damaging for low-wage payers.
The fate of a Bangor man accused of causing a standoff with police is in the hands of a jury.34-year-old Shawn Nobrega is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.The jury is deliberating right now.Police say he was the center of a six hour standoff last October on Main Street, near the Hampden town line.He pleaded not guilty to a federal gun charge.We’ll bring you a verdict as soon as we have it.
Fire crews from four departments battled a fire in Indian Township this afternoon.Chief Roger Brown says the call came in around 12:30 for an abandoned building fully engulfed in flames on Rose Lane.Firefighters from Indian Township, Princeton, Topsfield, and Baileyville responded.
Two people are facing theft charges stemming from a robbery last month in Bangor, one of them worked at the store that was robbed.In April, Bangor police were called to the Big Apple convenience store on State Street.A female employee told police a male entered the store with a gun and demanded money.22-year-old Alicia McClure-Perkins of Mars Hill was the store clerk who reported the incident.She’s been charged with theft and filing a false public report.19-year-old Jay Carter of Bangor was also charged with theft.Both are expected to be in court June 15th.
Maine ranks 30th in the nation in childhood obesity rates and Somerset County has the highest number in the state.Thanks in part to a grant from New Balance, the folks at KVCAP are doing their part to try and bring those numbers down.The program is called “I am moving, I am learning.” The goal of this nationwide initiative is to promote physical activity and good nutrition.
Trash is the topic of discussion in Bangor Tuesday night.The city is hosting hearings to decide whether or not Bangor should go to a single stream recycling system, or a pay per bag approach to get rid of trash.The third and final session is scheduled for Tuesday night at 7 at the James Doughty School on Fifth Street.For more information, log on to the city’s website, www.bangormaine.gov.
Some Bangor Hydro customers will lose their power Wednesday.The electric company is doing routine system upgrades that will effect some of its service area.Customers in Costigan, Greenbush, Greenfield and Grand Falls plantation will see the interruption between 8-a-m and noon, Tuesday.If the rainy weather persists, the upgrades will be rescheduled for Thursday.
The State Education Commissioner continues his listening tour with stops in Washington County tonight and tomorrow.Stephen Bowen will meet with the public from 6-8 tonight at Machias Memorial High School.Tomorrow morning, Bowen meets with superintendents from Washinton County and will visit Rose Gaffney Elementary School in Machias.After visiting Beatrice Rafferty School on Pleasant Point Reservation in the afternoon, Bowen will hold another public forum at Downeast Heritage Museum in Calais from 6-8 tomorrow evening.