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Alleged Racial Discrimination Leads to Prison Health Care Contractor Lawsuit

Updated 6 days ago

A nurse who worked for a company contracted to provide health care to inmates at the Maine State Prison says in a lawsuit she was a victim of racial discrimination.

According to court documents, Shana Cannell says she was subjected to a hostile and abusive work environment at the prison in Warren because she is black.

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Bangor Conference Focuses on Recent Job Losses

John Krinjak

Updated 6 days ago

Local leaders came together in Bangor Friday morning to look at ways to move forward in the wake of job losses throughout Eastern Maine in recent years.

The regional response discussion was hosted by Eastern Maine Development Corporation.

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Update: Teen Injured in Halloween Hayride Crash Released from Hospital

Updated 5 days ago

The 16-year-old from Belgrade injured in the Halloween hayride crash in Mechanic Falls has been released from the hospital.

According to a Facebook page to help his family, Connor Garland’s aunt has posted that he was released from Boston Children’s Hospital on Thursday.

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Police: Items From Daytime Burglary Carried Away in a Basket

Updated 6 days ago

Police in Belfast hope the public can help them solve a day time burglary.

They say an individual on Route 52 yesterday may have been using a laundry basket to carry stolen items, including gaming systems and coffee cans full of change.

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Statement from Fairpoint Communications Regarding Strike

Updated 6 days ago

Unions representing about 1,700 of FairPoint’s approximately 2,550 employees in northern New England have called for a strike.
FairPoint spokeswoman Angelynne Beaudry said FairPoint is disappointed by the unions’ decision to walk out, but the company has comprehensive plans in place to ensure continuity of service to its customers.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Profiles: Healthcare

Updated 6 days ago

Our profiles of the three Maine Gubernatorial candidates continues with a question concerning a topic debated at the national and state levels: healthcare.

We asked – “What can the state do to make sure the current healthcare system works for Mainers?”

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Nurse Sues Maine Prison Health Care Contractor

Updated 6 days ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A nurse who worked for a company contracted to provide health care to inmates at a Maine prison says in a lawsuit she was a victim of racial discrimination.

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Waterville Man Gets 3-plus Years For Copper Theft

Updated 6 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A man caught stealing copper piping from a vacant Waterville building in July has been sentenced to more than three years in jail.

Sean Rancourt of Waterville was sentenced to three years and four months behind bars and was also ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution for the damage he caused.

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Bowdoin Completes Solar System

Updated 6 days ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Construction of Maine’s largest solar power complex is complete with the installation of a ground-mount array at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

The system comprised of more than 4,000 solar panels at four locations will produce 1.2 megawatts of power, or about 8 percent of the needs of Bowdoin College.

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Gov. LePage To Host Food Drive At Blaine House

Updated 6 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is taking some time off from the campaign trail this weekend to open up his home for the 4th annual Blaine House food drive.

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Heating Prices Dip In Early October

Updated 6 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average price of heating oil in the state dropped 5 cents from the end of September to $3.27 per gallon.

The Governor’s Energy Office said Thursday that the average statewide price for a gallon of heating oil ranged from $2.88 to $3.60. It also found the average price of kerosene was five cents less than the end of last month at $3.83 per gallon. The average propane price is now $2.86, a 3-cent climb per gallon from last month. Heating oil is down 27 cents per gallon from a year ago while kerosene fell 12 cents. Propane is 21 cents more expensive.

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At Least 2 Still In Hospital After Hayride Crash

Updated 6 days ago

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) — At least two people remain hospitalized in the wake of a fatal Maine hayride crash that is under investigation.

A Jeep towing a wagon full of passengers in Mechanic Falls crashed during a Halloween-themed hayride Oct. 11. The crash killed 17-year-old Cassidy Charette and injured more than 20 others. Passengers were initially sent to Maine Medical Center in Portland, Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston.

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Business Incubator Opening On Portland Waterfront

Updated 6 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine company and an Icelandic businessman are partnering to establish a business incubator on Portland’s waterfront that commercializes new products related to the ocean.

Portland officials announced the new enterprise on Thursday. The Iceland Ocean Cluster led by Thor Sigfusson is working with North Atlantic Assets & Soli DG Inc. to create the New England Ocean Cluster. Portland city officials say the cluster’s goal will be to create, encourage and spin off new companies and products.

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“Welcome to Housing” Celebrates Three Year Anniversary

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 6 days ago

Welcome to Housing is a volunteer-run organization, based in the Bangor region, dedicated to helping individuals and families who are moving from a shelter program into permanent housing.

The group is holding the Third Annual “Good for Good Drives Drives, this weekend.

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Deputies Respond to Accident in Lagrange

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 6 days ago

Deputies responded to an accident, involving two cars, near the intersection of Bennoch and Medford Roads in Lagrange.

Dispatchers say it happened around 9 pm Thursday.

They tell us 5 people were involved.

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Business Owner Honored for Turning in Library Thief

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 6 days ago

A local business owner, credited with rescuing a collection of historic items, was honored inside the Bangor Public Library Thursday.

In February, a library volunteer tried to sell $31,000 worth of Civil War photographs and World War II Memorabilia that were stolen from the library.

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College Students Prepare Meals for Campus-Based Pantries

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 6 days ago

Students in Orono want to wipe out hunger on local college campuses.

A two day event is helping to make that happen.

Students and faculty from colleges across Maine are preparing 10,000 protein packed meals to be donated to campus-based food pantries state-wide.

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Unions Go on Strike against FairPoint

Updated 6 days ago

Two unions representing more than 1,700 FairPoint workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont announced they’re going on strike effective early Friday morning.

Workers had already authorized a strike and leaders announced the action Thursday night. Peter McLaughlin from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers says the unions have offered “significant concessions” but that the company isn’t interested.

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Maine, States Settle TD Bank Data Breach

Updated 6 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine will receive $130,015 in a multi-state settlement with TD Bank that resolves a 2012 data breach.

Attorney General Janet Mills says the state is one of nine that investigated the breach and negotiated the settlement. Mills says the settlement resolves consumer protection and privacy claims against the bank. She says it also requires TD Bank to reform policies and procedures that allowed the breach to occur.

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ATV Ride in Machias to Support Suicide Prevention for Veterans

Catherine Pegram

Updated 6 days ago

An Army Captain who’s fighting terminal cancer is coming to Maine this weekend to raise awareness about suicide prevention among veterans.

Captain Justin Finch from Massachusetts will be sharing his story about contemplating suicide as part of a fundraiser called “ATV Ride for a Reason”.

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