Union nurses and hospital administrators from Eastern Maine Medical Center were back at the bargaining table today, but still no agreement on a new contract.The two sides were joined by a federal mediator and a representative from Governor Baldacci’s office.Judy Brown, President of the nurses union at EMMC, says the two sides met several times today and she says the tone of the meetings improved.
In what used to be a storage area on the bottom floor of Lengyll Hall is now a high tech training center and research area with the same technology that’s being used in Hollywood.”The cameras, the optical motion capture system that we use here, is also used to film portions of the movie Avatar, so it’s pretty advanced,” says Tom Ordelt, a UMaine Graduate Student in Exercise Sciences.”This is the same stuff that makes video games, I mean all that Xbox and PS3 stuff, this is the same stuff, so these kids are in a way creating their own video game so to speak, so it’s a great experience for them,” says UMaine Assistant Track and Field coach, and former Black Bear, Dave Cusano.
This can be a tough time for families with a loved one serving overseas.No one knows that better than veterans.That’s why members of the American Legion in Dixmont spent time Monday morning filling up a Fedex truck.Joy Hollowell tells us about the Trees for Troops program.=========It will be a Merry Christmas for military families at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
If you’re looking for a holiday gift for some nature lovers on your list this year, Acadia National Park will be selling annual passes.Passes will be sold for $20, that’s half price.They are valid for one year from the month of purchase.You can buy the passes at the winter visitor center at park headquarters from 8 a.m.
A man arrested for the murder of a Friendship woman will make his first court appearance at 3 p.m.State Police arrested 35-year-old Arnold Diana of Rockland on Saturday and charged him with murder in connection with the death of his former girlfriend, 47-year-old Katrina Windred.Windred’s body was found last Tuesday along Thompson Meadow Road in Rockland.Police are still not releasing the cause of Windred’s death.Diana is being held at the Knox County Jail.
The Bangor Police Department has released a photo of a man they are looking for.Matthew Scott Pete is wanted on several warrants, and Bangor PD is asking for your help in locating him.Pete is 29 years old and has recently thought to have been living in Bangor, Glenburn, Hermon and Orono.Bangor police describes Pete as six foot one, 153 pounds with a shaved head.
Union nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center head back to the bargaining table on Monday, November 29th.Contract negotiations came to a halt nearly three weeks ago, when the nurses and hospital couldn’t come to an agreement on several key points.The nurses say their biggest issue is that they want better patient to staff ratios.The hospital says they have given their best offer.A federal mediator was brought in earlier this month to try and work things out, but told both sides that no agreement could be reached at that time.A week ago, nurses held a one-day strike outside the hospital, that followed a two day lockout by hospital administrators.The nurses were replaced for those three days by more than 200 nurses brought in by E.M.M.C.
On Wednesday, Maine unions, port officials, manufacturers and environmental groups plan to release a report that tallies the region’s clean energy potential offshore and identifies major opportunities for economic, environmental and energy benefits from offshore wind.It’s prepared by the National Wildlife Federation and co-sponsored by more than 35 organizations along the Atlantic Coast.And, on December 14th, an offshore wind conference will take place in Belfast.
The annual convoy of trucks from down east, bearing thousands of wreaths for the Arlington National Cemetery begins its trek from eastern Maine next weekend.The trucks will leave Sunday from Harrington, home to the Worcester Wreath Company, which each year donates wreaths to honor veterans at the cemetery.This is the 19th year that Morrill Worcester has provided wreaths since he started the event in 1992.(AP)