Researchers at Maine’s Jackson Laboratory say they’ve made a breakthrough in glaucoma research.A lab team has designed a technique that detects early stages of that sight-robbing disease in mice.Jackson Lab professor Simon WM John led the research, which was reported in the journal of clinical investigation.
The Bangor Police Department has issued a flood warning for Kenduskeag Plaza.This video is from December 2009 when it flooded.The plaza will be closed off at eleven Thursday night.Public works will barricade all the entrances tonight and flashing message boards will be put in place to let motorists know what’s going on.The fire chief and city engineer will take a look at the flooding status on Friday to assess when and if the plaza will reopen.
Maine State Credit Unions have donated another 44-thousand dollars to help fight hunger in Kennebec and Somerset Counties.Hunger fighting organizations were given the money at an ending hunger celebration at the Augusta Armory, about 5-hundred dollars to each group.Organizations that took part in the Credit Unions’ annual walk to stop hunger received a bonus donation of more than 13 hundred dollars apiece.This year’s walk to stop hunger will step off Saturday, April 30th at Augusta’s Capitol Park.For more information on that go to the website www.mainestatecu.org.
After over 36 years, one Bangor official is saying good-bye to his job and hello to retirement.Former City Engineer James Ring officially retired from his position on February 16th, but Thursday evening, a special dinner and reception was held in his honor at Spectacular Event in Bangor.And after 36 years of service,you’d think Ring would want to enjoy some rest and relaxation, but he says that’s not the case.Ring says he plans on staying engaged with his profession and in touch with the city.While many family and friends showed up Thursday,some Bangor City Councilors were there to honor Mr.Ring as well.
New leadership at the Department of Health and Human Services has uncovered costly errors, what they claim are tens of millions of dollars worth of mistakes.It includes large overpayments to hospitals and the new head of DHHS says the Baldacci administration is to blame.New DHHS commissioner, Mary Mayhew, briefed lawmakers on what she calls financial management deficiencies her team has uncovered that could force the LePage administration to formulate a new supplemental budget.
Town leaders from Millinocket and East Millinocket met with Meriturn Partners again Thursday, the company that wants to buy the Katahdin Paper Mills.The agreement between all parties includes several conditions.Meriturn is looking for 48 million dollars in tax breaks from both communities.The head of the select board in East Millinocket says that would mean significant cuts to the town budget.Thursday, Meriturn presented the towns with a variation of the original request.Neither side is discussing the terms.Both communities will now meet separately to talk about the new proposal.”I think they’re making an effort.
A Tremont man will spend 60 days in prison for his role in a home invasion last January.20-year-old Zachary Rand pleaded guilty to assault and criminal mischief.Police say Rand and Dakota Harkins had a knife and were trying to break into a house on Woodland Drive.When police arrived, they found the homeowner with minor injuries.
The state’s former top drug prosecutor has been sentenced to 16 years in prison on child pornography charges.48-year old James Cameron of Hallowell received his sentence in federal court in Bangor Thursday.Prosecutors had been seeking at least 21 years in prison.Cameron’s attorney recommended no more than five years behind bars.Cameron was found guilty last year on 13 counts of sending and receiving child pornography.
A Hudson family is asking the public for help finding a very special gift given to their family.Hunter, a German-Shepard-Husky mix was given to an 8-year-old boy before he passed away from cancer.The dog is very special to the family, as she is a memory of the young boy.Wednesday evening, around 6 o’clock, the dog disappeared from Brandy Lane in Hudson.Hunter is around 50 to 55 pounds, mostly tan and white, with a little bit of black on her back.She was not wearing her collar.If anyone spots her or knows where she is, call 884-4169.
The United Steelworkers International Union has announced they have reached a tentative agreement on the terms of a labor contract with Meriturn Partners, the company that wants to buy the two Katahdin Paper Mills in East Millinocket and Millinocket.The agreement was one of several prerequisites to a final purchase.Several others have not been fully achieved at this time.Town leaders are meeting with Meriturn Partners Thursday, to try and work out a deal to purchase the mills by next month.Meriturn’s looking for $48-million in tax breaks from both communities.The company that currently owns them says if a sale doesn’t go through, it’s planning to close the East Millinocket Plant April 22nd.