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Millinocket Mill Smoke Stacks Come Down

John Krinjak

Updated 5 days ago

People gathered in Millinocket this morning to watch the trademark smokestacks of the old paper mill come crashing down.

“It was loud and it was a big bang,” said Mickey Cote, who lives across the street.

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St. Joseph Healthcare Celebrates Founder’s Day

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 5 days ago

Folks came together in Bangor Friday to celebrate Saint Joseph Healthcare Founder’s Day.

It’s the anniversary of the founding of the Felician Sisters, who sponsored the hospital and Saint Joseph Healthcare for many years.

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Prisoner Accused of Killing Inmate Expected to Enter Insanity Plea

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 days ago

A Maine State Prison inmate accused of stabbing another inmate to death plans to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

In advance of that plea, a judge Friday ordered a mental health examination for 36-year-old Richard Stahursky.

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Bangor’s Hill House Decorated for Holiday Tea

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 5 days ago

Bangor’s Historic Hill House is getting decked out for the holidays.

The historic building on Union Street in downtown Bangor houses the city’s historic society.

This year the public is welcome to enjoy a Holiday Tea and Open House.

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Judge’s Approval Clears Way for GNP Mill Buyers

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 5 days ago

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a compromise application to resolve disputes between the old Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket and its creditors.

“That’s opened up a lot so we can go forward it’s a big step for us and a big step for East Millinocket,” says PJ Perrino, Mill Trustee.

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Special Mailbox in Machias Delivers Letters to Santa

Catherine Pegram

Updated 6 days ago

Kids in Machias who want to get a message to Santa can do so, thanks to a special mailbox.

It’s at the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce on Main Street.

Chris Sprague and his woodworking crew at the Downeast Correctional Facility crafted it just for the season.

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EMMC Tissue Bank Advances Cancer Research

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 5 days ago

Eastern Maine Medical Center has been collecting cancerous human tissue for three years. A new lab this year is letting them take research further.

“We’re taking the discovery from the mouse and the petri dish and applying them to human beings, to human diseases,” says Dr. Jens Rueter.

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Christmas Program At Waterville Children’s Home Needs Your Help

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 days ago

The annual Christmas program at the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers in Waterville is struggling to get enough donations to fill their needs.

The annual program fills Christmas boxes with warm clothes and toys for around 1,700.

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15th Annual Craft Championships Come To Augusta

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 days ago

More than 1,000 Maine students came to Augusta Friday to see if a future in construction was right for them.

It’s the 15th annual Craft Championships. Roughly 1,200 students from all across Maine filed into the Augusta Civic Center to get a look at 32 different construction trades. The day included competition, but more importantly it gave students a chance to see if a future in construction was right for them.

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Update: Investigators say Child Started Fatal Fire in Caribou

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 5 days ago

A fire in Caribou that killed a mother and her three children was started by a 3-year-old boy who died in the blaze.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office says Trenton Delisle lit items on fire in the living room of the family’s mobile home.

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Bangor Casino Touts Economic Impact

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 5 days ago

The general manager of Hollywood Casino in Bangor says a new casino study is a reminder of the economic impact of the gaming industry in the state.

A report funded by the American Gaming Association says 1500 jobs have been created by Maine’s two casinos in Bangor and Oxford.

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Maine Senators Express Concerns Over President’s Executive Orders for Immigration

Catherine Pegram

Updated 6 days ago

Maine’s senators say they’re concerned about President Obama’s use of executive orders to grant new rights to millions of people living illegally in the United States.

The President announced a plan Thursday night that shields some 5 million people and also allows them to obtain workers’ permits.

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Monroe Man to Serve Ten Years in Prison For Pot Manufacturing

Catherine Pegram

Updated 6 days ago

A man from Monroe is going to prison for 10 years for running a family pot operation in his home.

59-year-old James F. Ford was sentenced today in federal court in Bangor.

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Feds Scold Maine Over Food Stamp Photo Policy

Updated 6 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has threatened to pull funding it provides to Maine to administer the food stamp program unless the state makes clear photos are not required on the cards used to receive benefits.

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Home Sales Surge 26 Percent In October

Updated 6 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Sales of existing single-family homes in Maine surged more than 26 percent in October when compared to the year-ago month as people looked to move into hew homes before winter set in.

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UMaine Recognized For Cybersecurity Education

Updated 6 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System is being recognized for its efforts in cybersecurity education.

The National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security are designating the seven-school system a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity.

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Teenager Hospitalized After Crash in Carmel

Joy Hollowell

Updated 6 days ago

A single car accident in Carmel last night sent an 18-year-old man to the hospital.

It happened on the Horseback Road a little after 11.

Police say Andrew Rediker of Levant went off the road, and snapped a utility pole.

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Turkey Telethon Exceeds Expectations

Updated 6 days ago

We here at WABI are grateful for the generosity of our viewers.

After setting a goal of 2,500 turkeys for this year’s Turkey Telethon, we received donations for 2,818 turkeys.

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Madison Warehouse Destroyed by Fire

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 6 days ago

Flames tore through a warehouse in Madison Thursday night.

Fire crews from several communities were called to the scene behind Campbell’s True Value, along Main Street.

Employees of the hardware and store first report the fire around 5:30 pm.

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Mother and 3 Children Identified in Fatal Caribou Fire

Updated 6 days ago

Investigators are searching for the cause of a fire that killed a mother and her three children in Caribou Thursday morning.

It’s the second fatal fire in Aroostook County in two days.

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