A new grant-funded program is focusing on emergency preparedness within long-term care facilities, home health agencies, and hospice organizations.The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided the funding, which is being used through the Eastern Maine Healthcare System.More than 120 people attended a conference Monday at Spectacular Events Center in Bangor.Community partners and participants from 9 counties in Maine were there to speak with a team of experts and emergency responders to learn more about what do in the case of environmental or biological disaster.Attendees also took part in a table-top evacuation drill and heard first hand stories of local evacuations.Organizers of the event say Senator Susan Collins was instrumental in getting the funding for this program.
Governor LePage moved two steps closer to completing his cabinet appointments on Monday.LePage has picked David Bernhardt to head up the Department of Transportation.Berhardt currently works for the D.O.T.The Governor has chosen Joseph Ponte to head the Department of Corrections.Ponte has served as warden of two different prisons.Governor LePage says Maine spends too much money on inmates.
The Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to investigate a mobile home fire in Detroit, made even harder to fight by the weather.Fire officials say the family was not at home when the fire started about 3 o’clock Monday afternoon.We’re told the family had been staying in an apartment next to the mobile home because they were having troubles heating it.Crews from several departments responded to the call.Firefighters told us it was a difficult fire that took nearly two hours to put out.Fire officials are calling the home a complete loss.The Red Cross has been called in to help the family of four, two of which are children.There is no indication right now as to what started the fire.
The Governor’s supplemental budget, which deals with paying down hospital debts and increased enrollment in Mainecare, has made it’s way to state lawmakers.Representative Ken Fredette of the appropriations committee says there’s a pretty good consensus among Democrats and Republicans on this six-month budget.”I think in reviewing it I think one of the big issues will be pension and funding the pensions, funding the retirement insurance, and those competing forces with education with funding and the Department of Health and Human Services,” said Fredette.He says the challenge will come when the Governor unveils his two-year budget next month.Spending changes for the Department of Health and Human services will be reviewed on Tuesday.Hearings on the supplemental budget continue through Wednesday.
Police have have now identified all four of the women whose bodies were found last month along the Long Island, New York shoreline.Last week they identified one of the women as 22-year-old Megan Waterman of Scarborough.She was a Craig’s List escort who went missing in June.New York authorities say the other three women worked as prostitutes or escorts and advertised on-line.One was from Connecticut, the other two were from New York.Police believe the women were killed elsewhere and dumped along the half-mile stretch of shoreline where they were found.
A cross country skier died at Acadia National Park this weekend.Park officials say 52-year-old Duncan Rosborough of Mount Desert was found shortly before 7 Sunday morning on the park’s carriage road system.They say he was an experienced skier and apparently died of natural causes.Officials say Rosborough left home about 10 Saturday night to ski the Eagle Lake loop.When he didn’t return home by midnight, his family started searching.Around 3:30 Sunday morning they called police and authorities began their search.
A Federal judge has denied a former state prosecutor’s request for a new trial.48-year-old James Cameron was convicted in August of sending, receiving and possessing child pornography.Cameron is yet to be sentenced.He’s been held without bail since his conviction.
The Governor’s supplemental budget, which deals with paying down hospital debts and increased enrollment in MaineCare, has made it’s way to state lawmakers.Representative Ken Fredette, of the Appropriations Committee, says there’s a pretty good consensus among Democrats and Republicans on this 6-month budget.
The temperatures plummeted overnight and that caused a number of headaches this morning.For some it was just a hassle to go out in the cold to start their car before they headed out for the day.But for some that car wouldn’t start and as Wayne Harvey reports that changed the morning plans for some people in the area.” I had a meeting to go to at school and I tried to start my car and just wouldn’t turn over.”After about an hour of trying it himself and with a friend, Eric Morrow called for help, and he wasn’t alone.