A 24-year-old Maine man says he was in a fight for his life when he shot two Bangor men who forced their way into his apartment, mortally wounding one of them.Daniel Williams says a woman and two men he didn’t know burst into his Hermon apartment about 9 a.m.
Maine lawmakers are considering a bill that would exempt police, emergency medical personnel and firefighters from the state’s ban on texting while driving.The Legislature’s Transportation Committee is holding a public hearing Tuesday on the proposal.Maine’s ban on texting while driving went into effect in September.The bill under consideration is sponsored by House Speaker Robert Nutting, who submitted it at the request of law enforcement officers.Nutting’s spokesman tells MaineToday Media he isn’t necessarily sold on the idea, but thinks it’s worth consideration.
The newly formed Maine State Charter School Commission is taking to the road to hear the public’s ideas on what they want to see in a charter school.The commission can authorize up to 10 public charter schools during the first decade of Maine’s charter school law, which was authorized by the Legislature last year.
According to federal statistics on medicaid, Maine had the nation’s fifth highest medicaid coverage rate in the 2009 fiscal year at nearly 28%.The national average for coverage is about 21%.That puts the per resident spending 61% above the national average.Maine’s medicaid expenses per resident totaled $1,890.The national average is a little less than $1,200.California, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Vermont were the four states with higher numbers than Maine.
Some college kids may head to Panama Beach or Cancun for Spring Break, but a couple of UMaine students are headed to Belize.A dozen UMaine Nursing students are giving up their Spring Break and giving back to the people of Belize.The students will be volunteering in local hospitals and health clinics to help the under privelaged people of the Central American country.Along with their expertise, the group will also be bringing along hundreds of pounds of medical supplies, including syringes, disinfectants, and bandages.The group will be gone 9 nine days.To keep up with the student’s, you can check their blog at http://www.umainenursinginbelize.blogspot.com/
Job seekers in Waterville will have a chance to meet face-to-face with employers this week.The Waterville Public Library is hosting a mini job fair Wednesday.From 10:30am to 12:30pm, you can drop off a resume and meet with about eight different employers.The event is free.
Firefighters say improper disposal of smoking materials caused a garage fire in Norridgewock.It happened on River Road around 9:30pm Saturday night.Firefighters were called back to the same address at 6am Sunday morning because the house caught fire.Authorities say embers from a wood stove ignited the floor.
The American Lung Association is hosting an information session for folks interested in going on a long bike ride.Trek Across Maine is its largest fundraiser.It’s a three day cycling event stretching 180-miles across Maine.Proceeds go to lung research.The information session on the trek is Wednesday from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Rose Bike, which you’ll find at 9 Pine Street in Orono.
Putting African American women in the spotlight is the theme of this year’s Black History Month.James Varner is President of the Maine Human Rights Coalition.He says February, Black History Month, is a time for everyone to learn and celebrate African American culture.”They can associate with someone like Shirley Chisolm.
When it comes to Maine’s seasonable businesses, there’s one in Bangor that’s having no trouble cleaning up the competition.”When the spring broke here, so to speak, the early spring, we went out back and we were like, wow, that’s a lot of dog out there,” said Brewer resident, Peter Fleishman.Fleishman decided to enlist the help of Scoop Dooty, one of just a handful of companies in the state that specializes in pet waste management.”It saves me a lot of time and aggravation,” said Fleishman.Co-owners, Justin Gibbons and Jason Lubitz, started servicing lawns around Eastern Maine in November.”Well, we love the outdoors, we’ve always been trying to do our own business ourselves and we’re both pet lovers,” said Lubitz.Now, they’re cleaning the lawns of more than thirty homes.”A lot of the time the animals are going in the same area, so it’s pretty easy,” said Gibbons.”Just watching where you step and just being very careful, so you try not to make a mess,” said Lubitz.
For some, Presidents’ Day is a day off, but others spent it by rallying for one of the nation’s longest standing institutions: the Postal Service.Postal workers and supporters came together in front of the post office in Bangor, hoping to save the postal service from what they call a “fiscal crisis.”Six years ago, Congress passed a law requiring the Post office to pre-fund retiree health benefits 75 years in advance.Those at the rally say it has cost the Postal Service more than 5 billion dollars and is responsible for 84-percent of its debt.Congressman Mike Michaud is working with others in Congress to make changes he hopes will make the postal service more solvent while saving jobs.”They provide to a lot of elderly people, prescription drugs, in a rural state that means a lot,” he said.Some members of Congress want to dismantle the Postal Service to make up for the debt.Hampden’s mail processing plant and 30 other post offices are in danger of shutting down.
Thousands of fans will take a seat at the Bangor Auditorium this week during the basketball tournament to watch their teams play.For one family from Crystal, the Southern Aroostook girls team has given them a respite from day to day life.The Warriors finished the regular season ranked 15th in Class D, just barely making the playoffs.They pulled a big upset in their preliminary game, beating number 2 Fort Fairfield.For Sophomore Mataya Hartin, she had to play without her mom in the stands.