Officials say the Obama administration’s special Mideast envoy, former senator George Mitchell, is resigning after more than 2 years of trying to press Israel and the Palestinians into negotiations.Officials say the White House is expected to announce Friday afternoon that Mitchell is stepping down for personal reasons.The 77-year-old has quite a resume.
The State House has given final approval to a Republican-backed health care overhaul bill.Thursday’s 78-68 House vote leaves only a final Senate enactment vote pending.The bill makes market reforms to promote competition among insurers and lower rates for consumers.The House rejected several amendments during a nearly four-hour debate before giving final approval.The bill says people can’t be denied health insurance or kicked off plans because they get sick or have pre-existing conditions.
A scientist whose areas of focus include climate change and sustainability has been hired to become the next president of Maine’s Unity College.The college announced on Thursday that Stephen Mulkey will take over in July for Mitchell Thomashow, who is stepping down after five years on the job.Mulkey is the director of the environmental science program at the University of Idaho.
The Department of Environmental Protection is warning folks to avoid contact with water in and near a stream in northern Maine.DEP says Greenlaw Stream was tainted after a sewer pipe burst, spilling more than a million gallons of untreated wastewater into it.They say the break likely happened several weeks ago but was only discovered Monday because it’s in such a remote area.The DEP says e-coli levels in the stream are nearly as high as those found in raw sewage.
Unity College has named a new president.Stephen Mulkey,57, is a scientist and expert in climate change and sustainability.He’ll take over in July for Mitchell Thomashow, who is leaving after five years on the job.Mulkey leaves a job as Director of the Environmental Science Program at the University of Idaho.
The city is hosting hearings to decide whether or not Bangor should go to a single stream recycling system, or a “pay per bag” approach to get rid of trash.The first in a series of sessions is scheduled for Thursday night at 7pm at the William Cohen School on Garland Street.For more information, log on to the city’s website Bangormaine.gov
Governor LePage wants to pull the plug on state funding for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.He says that would save about $200,000,000 a year.The governor has proposed a $6.1 billion budget for the next two years and says he needs to find $4,000,000 dollars to balance it.He had considered wiping out Clean Election Act funds for candidates for governor but has opted instead to cut funding to MPBN.
With the snip of a ribbon, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor opened the doors of its new restore at Penobscot Plaza.The organization has been running its restore in holden, but will now call Bangor home.”If we’re going to be Habitat for Humanity Greater Bangor, we should be in Bangor.
About 3,000 students from across Maine got a sneak peek at where they might go to college.Thurday’s college fair at the Augusta Civic Center was sponsored by the New England Association for College Admission Counseling.157 colleges from as far away as Hawaii and as close as UMaine Augusta were represented.Organizers say the 3000 students who showed up is a big jump from last year.
Supporting local restaurants, that’s what a new group in the Bangor area has gotten together to do.The goal of Girls’ Night Out is to have dinner at a local eatery once a month.The group has been around for a couple of months now, and the women involved say they hope more people join and support local businesses.
Employees at the Bar Harbor Bank and Trust operations center in Ellsworth are still evacuated from the building.According to Ellsworth police, around 10:30 Thursday morning a staff member opened a letter, a white powdery substance fell out and on to her hands.
Phones for all branches of Bar Harbor Bank and Trust are operational again as of 1:17 Thursday afternoon.Calls to all branches of Bar Harbor Bank and Trust are routed through the operations center on Avery Lane, because of the evacuation of the building, no one is inside to transfer calls to local branches.Officials at Bar Harbor Bank and Trust have found another way to route calls to all branches.