WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senate leaders have appointed U.S. Senator Susan Collins to a seat on the oldest and most powerful of Senate committees-the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for approving all federal discretionary funding. Senator Collins’ membership marks the first time that Maine has been represented on this coveted panel since Margaret Chase Smith served on it in 1972.
When this e-mail made it’s way to many people in the area, the Bangor Police Department began getting phone calls asking if it’s true. According to police, yes and no.
On January 11th, at the intersection of Hogan Rd. and State St., a woman thought she was rear ended when the rear windshield of her SUV exploded in. But then, when the rear drivers side window was smashed in, she knew something else was going on. She then ran the red light to escape the attack.
School systems across the state are beginning to feel the impact from cuts in state funding. The city of Augusta has a million dollar gap to fill, which could put teachers out of work, take away sports programs, or possibly close schools. Augusta is struggling to come up with $1M to $1.5M to continue funding schools. Augusta has six schools in the city, there are two that could be shut down to save money. Hussey Elementary and Hodgkins Junior High are on that list. Combined, more than five-hundred students attend those schools. City Manager Bill Bridgeo says closing Hodgkins could close the budget gap. Bridgeo says he’s heard mixed reactions from community members. Some say shutting school doors isn’t the answer. If Hodgkins closed, students could end up going to Cony High where there is room to accommodate them.
Maine environmental officials are at the scene of an heating oil truck accident that caused a spill in the town of Plymouth. Authorities will clear the spill and reopen the road later Tuesday.
BLUE HILL, Maine (AP) – Blue Hill Memorial Hospital is cutting 15 positions, or 5 percent of its staff, as part of its initiative to cut costs. Hospital officials say the combination of an uncertain economy and cash flow issues has forced them to eliminate positions and cut back on employee travel, office supplies, printing, consulting services and other activities.
Drivers and pedestrians traveling along State Street in Bangor need to use a little extra caution these days.
That’s the word from Eastern Maine Medical Center.
The next phase of expanding the hospital’s parking garage has begun and that means there are some closures folks need to keep in mind.
For nearly a dozen horses, the Last Chance Ranch is their last chance.
The ranch is located in Troy.
It takes in horses that have been given up by their owners many who simply can’t afford the animals any more.
A blood drive to help out an infant girl from Levant kicked off on Monday.
4-month-old Maggie Rudnicki needs blood transfusions almost every two weeks to stay alive.
When she was 4-weeks-old, doctors discovered she can’t make her own red blood cells.
A long-time car-parts manufacturer in Brewer is closing its doors. Officials with Z-F Lemforder met with workers Monday afternoon, telling them the business will leave the city by the middle of next year.
A RENEWED SENSE OF OPTIMISM THE WORDS USED BY MANY ON MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY THIS YEAR.
A NUMBER OF EVENTS WERE HELD AROUND MAINE MONDAY TO COMMEMORATE THE WORK OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER… AND TO CELEBRATE WHAT SOME BELIEVE IS A FULFILLMENT OF DR. KING’S DREAM.
A young man from Maine will have a front row seat to part of the celebration.
19-year-old Ben Music of Kenduskeag is a member of the 3rd US infantry in Washington, DC.
Maine made it through 2008 without any deaths from car accidents involving moose.
State Police say it’s the first year that’s happened since 1997.
In 2007, five people were killed when their vehicles struck moose.
The former owner of Holtrachem is filing another appeal after a judge refused to stop a clean up that could reach 100-million dollars.
This time they’re appealing to the Maine Board of Environmental Protection.
State Police say Tyler Emerson and three friends had snowmobiled to a remote camp near North Twin lake Saturday night.
One of the friends took a handgun with him.
Police say it looks like Emerson had been handling the gun inside the camp, and as he passed it to one of his friends the gun went off and the bulletstruck him in the face.
Bangor’s Marcus Davis has won again in the Ultimate Fighting Championships.
In the pay per view bout Davis beat Chris Lytle by split decision at UFC 93 in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a public heath alert on Sunday regarding the salmonella outbreak. The alert came a day after the federal government advised consumers to avoid eating cookies, cakes, ice cream and other foods with peanut butter until health officials learn more about the contamination.
Most people have been hunkering down indoors to escape the cold weather, but not the folks gathered at Camp Capella in Dedham this weekend.
The camp kicked off its first Winter and Spring Day Camp programs on Saturday.
In October of 2001 Amy Saint Laurent vanished while visiting the Old Port section of Portland. It wasn’t until later that police discovered she had met Jeffrey Gorman. He admitted to shooting Amy in the head and dumping her body in Scarborough. One of the authors of Finding Amy, Kate Flora, dropped by the Bangor Public Library for a book signing. She and Portland police chief Joseph Loughlin teamed up to write a book about Amy’s death, and the investigation that followed. Libraries in Bangor, Old Town, Orono and Hampden are all taking part in a program called Penobscot Reads. Participants all read the same book at the same time, then get together to talk about it. Finding Amy is this years book. You can find a copy at the most local libraries and book stores.
A man from Winn is going to prison for more than five years for his role in a multi-million dollar drug smuggling operation.
56-year-old Ray Fogg was sentenced last week.
He was found guilty in June of buying and selling marijuana and social security fraud.
(AP) – Wyeth is well known for his landscapes of Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley and coastal Maine in works such as ":Christina’s World,": died early today. A spokeswoman for the Brandywine River Museum says Wyeth died in his sleep at his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Chadds Ford.