Governor Paul LePage will unveil legislation to allow the state to issue Gold Star license plates to family members of Mainers killed in military operations.Also attending a news conference Thursday will be John Mixon of Ogunquit, a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War who is raising funds to cover the cost of the plates.A Gold Star bill in 2009 was unsuccessful because of the $10,700 cost to manufacture the plates.
Police in Biddeford say they’ve been seeing a rash of fraudulent inspection stickers on older vehicles in the city.Chief Roger Beaupre says police have come across 31 bogus inspection stickers in April alone.He says the stickers appear to have been made on high-end copy machines.
Negotiations between Eastern Maine Medical Center and the nurses union came to a halt late Wednesday night.And now hospital administrators say they are preparing to bring in replacement nurses for five days starting May 5th.Wednesday was the deadline to either strike a deal or head to a strike.Early Thursday morning E.M.M.C.
Federal money is coming to town to make improvements in a section of Belfast.The city was just awarded a $150,000 community development block grant.The money will be used for constructing a part of the Belfast Harbor Walk, which runs through the former Stinson Seafood site.
Work continues on the I-395 bridge in Bangor.The eastbound off ramp on exit 3B leading to the Bangor waterfront area will be closing on May 2nd.Traffic is being rerouted onto exit 3A, which is the exit for Bangor’s Main Street and downtown.The Maine DOT says the ramp will remain closed until July 28th.It advises drivers to look out for signs directing them to alternate routes.
The city of Bangor has announced plans for road construction this summer.It includes new pavement and curbing on Hammond Street from the Union Street intersection to Norway Road.If you’d like more information on this project the city is holding a public informational meeting.It’s set for 3:30pm Wednesday afternoon, May 4th, at Bangor City Hall.The tentative start date for the project is in June.
Relationship building 101 is how the Eastern Maine Development Corporation is describing a new approach they announced on Wednesday.The model merges economic development with workforce development.Senator Susan Collins was on hand to learn more about it.The agency says it’s tested the model on about fifty companies.The main goal is creating jobs.
New Hampshire investigators cancelled an afternoon press conference on a missing Maine woman and are referring all inquiries to the Attorney General’s office.Assistant Attorney General Jane Young is in charge of the investigation.She’s yet to comment on the case.Young is a homicide prosecutor.
A man has been arrested in connection with Monday’s robbery at Target in Bangor.Police say they identified the suspect after releasing photos to the public.A Penobscot County Deputy arrested 18-year-old William Lever of Charleston last night.He’s charged with felony robbery.Monday afternoon, a Target employee thought a customer tried to leave without paying.
A former music teacher accused of molesting a seventh grader was found guilty on ten counts.Forty-one year old William Wiley was convicted of having unlawful sexual contact with a twelve year old girl in 2004.Wiley could face up to sixty-five years in prison for the convictions.Wiley was also charged with gross sexual assault, but found not guilty of that offense.Three of the ten guilty counts included the allegations that he penetrated the girl.Wiley became emotional as the verdict was read, and his attorney said they plan to appeal.A video from Wiley’s initial police interview in 2009 showed he admitted to kissing and touching the girl inappropriately.As Wiley left court, he told us that he doesn’t believe the video is accurate.William Wiley: I’m not guilty.
Hundreds of high school seniors spent the day in Augusta.They competed against each other in a career development conference.The conference was hosted by the Jobs for Maine’s Graduates Program also known as JMG.The program breaks down barriers students face in education.
Some major shake ups involving Governor LePage’s staff were announced Wednesday including the departure of a department head accused of making racist remarks.Economic and Community Development Commissioner Phil Congdon has resigned after being accused of making racially inflammatory remarks in Aroostook County.