The Transportation Security Administration wants to make the process of security check-ins more efficient.Bangor International Airport now has an advanced imaging screener that’s been popping up all over the country.The machine uses electromagnetic waves to detect metallic and non-metallic items.
Investigators say a dryer caused a fire that left seven people displaced from an apartment building in Waterville Monday morning.Firefighters credit smoke detectors for alerting those residents to the fire in the King Street building.All the tenants were out by the time crews got there.We’re told the building has extensive damage.
The Department of Corrections is making some changes at the Maine State Prison to better accommodate inmates and their families.Starting Sunday, January 29, changes to the prison’s visiting hours will go in effect.The prison will offer for more evening hours for visitors who have to work during the day, but will no longer allow visits Monday through Wednesday.
Tax-Aide is a free program sponsored by both AARP Foundation and the IRS to help individuals and families complete their tax returns.Their councilors have been trained in both federal and Maine state tax laws, and have passed an IRS test to qualify to prepare tax returns.Services are being offered in 19 locations across 5 Eastern Maine counties.For more information, or to find the nearest location, call 211.
Maine’s Ethics Commission is considering a request to investigate the 2011 campaign finance reporting by the two political action committees that promoted the 2011 Lewiston casino citizen initiative.That referendum proposal was defeated resoundingly by the state’s voters.On Wednesday, the commission will consider the investigation request by CasinosNO!
A legislative committee has endorsed an anti-bullying bill that would set guidelines for schools statewide.The bill failed to move forward last year when critics said it would restrict free speech and be too costly to enforce.Members of the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee said Tuesday they have high hopes for a new version of the bill, which makes clear that students’ First Amendment rights are protected.Democratic State Rep.
Four community transit services in Maine are getting free buses from a New York county.The Maine Department of Transportation says a fleet of 14 buses rolled into the state Tuesday from the Westchester County Public Works and Transportation Department in New York.
From budget cuts to education, Governor LePage hit on a number of hot topics in his first State of the State address, including a 221 million dollar shortfall in the Department of Health and Human Services.”As a state, we must move closer to the national welfare average.
Last summer Belfast received $400,000 in federal clean-up funds.The money is from the EPA and it’s to help clean up polluted areas to get them ready for development.Belfast’s economic development director says the money will be used to conduct environmental assessments.The assessments are voluntary and are at no expense to property owners.Anyone interested in learning more is invited to attend an information session Thursday night from 6pm to 7:30pm at Belfast City Hall.
Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith has resigned his membership with the Maine Sheriff’s Association.Last week, Sheriff Smith called for Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross to resign from the position of President of the Maine Sheriff’s Association.
The Maine Human Rights Commission has ruled that a real estate management company did little to stop the harassment of a gay couple living in a Waldoboro apartment complex.In January 2009, the couple Joseph Bonnadio II and William Paquet told Realty Resources Management that they were verbally bullied by other residents.Realty Resources sent a short note to tenants informing them of the claims.Human Rights Commissioners say the company didn’t do enough to prevent discrimination on its property.
Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul will be in Maine this weekend.He’ll speak at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham campus, at 11am Saturday morning.The President of USM’s student body helped organize Paul’s appearance.Maine’s Presidential Caucuses will be held in February.