Gay marriage supporters collected more than 100,000 signatures, and they’re ready to announce whether they’re going to move forward with another referendum.EqualityMaine, Maine Civil Liberties Union and the Maine Women’s Lobby will announce Thursday whether they plan to deliver the petitions and carry through with a referendum.
A new political party that’s pushing for a bipartisan ticket in the 2012 presidential election says it’s earned a spot on November’s presidential ballot in Maine.The group called Americans Elect says state election officials have verified enough of the 32,000 signatures it turned in last month to gain access to the Maine ballot.
State Police say an elderly man was killed Wednesday on I-295 in Freeport when the car he was driving in the wrong lane struck a second car head-on, killing him instantly.The southbound lane was closed for almost two hours, backing traffic up to Brunswick, while crews cleared the scene.The other car was being driven by an unidentified Bangor woman who was taken to Maine Medical Center with non life threatening injuries.The crash is under investigation.
A Penobscot County Grand Jury has indicted a Lincoln man on criminal threatening charges.Terry Libby, 54, was arrested earlier in January.His wife called police saying Libby might be depressed.She told them Libby had fired a gun in their bedroom when no one was home.Police say when they got there, Libby cooperated and showed no weapon.
There’s a code among athletes that former Patriots linebacker, Andre Tippett, knows all too well.”When you’re injured, you go out and you play and you take one for the Gipper,” said Tippett.But after years on the field, it’s one he retired along with his career back in the nineties.”Those days are over now.”These days, he’s following a different playbook and trying to get others on board with it.”I think, one, it’s all about education.”Tippett visited the State House to promote a bill that would require school coaching staff to learn how to spot concussions in their players.”It comes down to the education of the athletes, the parents, the coaches and understanding when it’s going to be ok for kids to return back to practice.”It’s an initiative that’s garnered support from those who’ve seen firsthand what long term impact a hit on the field can have.”He was struggling to get a 78 where this child had never gotten a 98 on a test,” said Mara Crans, the mother of a student-athlete at Camden Hills Regional High School.Her son suffered a concussion during a football game and went through weeks of recovery before he could even return to the classroom.LD-98, as it’s called, would use a webinar course to teach staff to catch the symptoms her son was exhibiting.The bill’s sponsor says, so far, thirty other states have approved similar pieces of legislation and Maine could be next.
Penobscot Community Health Care has received quite the honor.It’s one of only eleven community health centers in America to earn the joint commission’s gold seal of approval.And it’s the first in all of New England to achieve this recognition for quality of care.To earn it, the organization took part in a three-day, on-site survey in October.The folks at PCHC tell us this model of care ensures their patients get timely and appropriate treatment.
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.