Maine's News, Sports, And Weather Leader - WABI TV5 http://wabi.tv Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:06:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Orono Police Arrest Burglary Suspect http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/orono-police-arrest-burglary-suspect/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/orono-police-arrest-burglary-suspect/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:06:44 +0000 Logan Briggs http://wabi.tv/?p=154367

Orono police arrested a man after being told he was seen leaving a home on Main Street.

The homeowner told police they heard someone flipping a light switch in their home around 4:30 Sunday morning then, shortly after, saw a man walking away from the home.

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Orono police arrested a man after being told he was seen leaving a home on Main Street.

The homeowner told police they heard someone flipping a light switch in their home around 4:30 Sunday morning then, shortly after, saw a man walking away from the home.

Police say they arrived to find 21-year-old Cory Hodgdon of Woolwich leaving the property with a cut on his hand and blood on his shirt.

Police say a back door window was broken and they found a blood trail inside.

It does not appear any items were taken.

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Maine Unemployment Up Slightly In September http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/maine-unemployment-slightly-september/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/maine-unemployment-slightly-september/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:36:03 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=154194 PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say seasonally adjusted unemployment rose slightly in the state from August to September.

The state’s Department of Labor reports preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rose from 5.6 percent in August to 5.8 percent in September. The figure is down one percentage point from a year ago. Officials say the number of unemployed declined by 6,000 over the course of the year to 40,700.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say seasonally adjusted unemployment rose slightly in the state from August to September.

The state’s Department of Labor reports preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rose from 5.6 percent in August to 5.8 percent in September. The figure is down one percentage point from a year ago. Officials say the number of unemployed declined by 6,000 over the course of the year to 40,700.

Labor officials say Maine’s ratio of employment to population was 60.9 percent, which is 1.9 percentage points higher than the national average.

The country’s preliminary unemployment rate of 5.9 percent fell from 6.1 percent in August and 7.2 percent a year ago. New England’s unemployment rate was 6 percent. Rhode Island had the highest percentage at 7.6 percent.

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Group Uses Duck to Push for Chemical Safety http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/group-uses-duck-push-chemical-safety/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/group-uses-duck-push-chemical-safety/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:13:07 +0000 Tania Morales http://wabi.tv/?p=154314

A 25 foot inflatable duck was the backdrop for a group of protesters in Broadway Park today.

Nearly a dozen demonstrators with the “Prevent Harm” organization, as well as Maine moms and health advocates took a stand against dangerous chemicals being used in everyday household products.

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A 25 foot inflatable duck was the backdrop for a group of protesters in Broadway Park today.

Nearly a dozen demonstrators with the “Prevent Harm” organization, as well as Maine moms and health advocates took a stand against dangerous chemicals being used in everyday household products.

The iconic rubber duckie, previously contained lead and hormone-disrupting chemicals until they were banned in 2008.

The people in the park today expressed concerns about impacts to child development and Maine’s future.

“We go to the LePage administration to ask them to take some very modest steps to help parents and families to protect themselves from phthalate and the answer is always no, we can’t do that. It’s not their priority, and we know that the chemical industry puts lots of dollars to lobbying the administration to not take any action, and they really listen to the industry and not to Maine families,” says Advocacy Manager of Prevent Harm, Emma Halas-O’Connor.

“Just like all of the children, they love to learn, but it breaks my heart when they say, “How come it took me so long to learn this?”, or “What’s a matter with my brain?” says Retired Special Education Teacher, Regina Creeley.

Protesters also sported fake beards, in response to a comment from the Governor nearly 4 years ago, when he indicated that certain chemicals might cause some women to have little beards.

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Pink Ink for Breast Cancer Supporters and Survivors http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/pink-ink-breast-cancer-supporters-survivors/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/pink-ink-breast-cancer-supporters-survivors/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:51:10 +0000 Tania Morales http://wabi.tv/?p=154306

Some special people were chosen to be a canvas today at Diversified Ink in Bangor.

Complimentary pink ribbons were the inspiration, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Survivors of breast cancer and those who support them shared their touching stories.

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Some special people were chosen to be a canvas today at Diversified Ink in Bangor.

Complimentary pink ribbons were the inspiration, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Survivors of breast cancer and those who support them shared their touching stories.

28 were chosen to get their memories tattooed for free.

“It was hard because we really wanted to be able to give back to every one of them that applied, but there was just so many of them, that we just couldn’t do it,” says shop owner, Ed Sheffer.

They chose 1 of 10 designs created by the shop’s Abby Lusk.

“Some people are flower people, some people are you know a little more basic ribbon. You got the lettering for people who like lettering, a little something for everybody in there,” says artist Abby Lusk.

“It’s not just a memory for some of them, some of them are the actual survivors. It’s a reminder of what they went through,” says Sheffer.

9 year breast cancer survivor, Teresa Rush, came to Diversified Ink for her first tattoo, a pink ribbon 4 years ago, now she’s back.

“It’s already emotional. Coming in here seeing them wearing the pink shirts, greeting me the way that they did. It’s good, it’s awesome,” says Rush.

For some, this was their first tattoo.

“I was scheduled with Ed today at 10 o’clock and I was like, yee-haw!,” says Breast Cancer Survivor, Vanessa Poole.

Losing her hair was temporary, but her tattoo is a permanent reminder of the journey she’s been through.

Vanessa Poole says she may have never had the chance if it wasn’t for Diversified Ink, and the staffs generosity.

“I’m pretty grateful you know, how they were all 100% behind it, you know to give back,” says owner, Ed Sheffer.

“It’s nice to make people happy,” says artist Abby Lust.

For the customers that received tattoos today, they had a special message for the artists at Diversified Ink, “Thank-You.”

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FairPoint Officials, Striking Workers Clash Over Impending Storm http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/fairpoint-officials-striking-workers-clash-impending-storm/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/fairpoint-officials-striking-workers-clash-impending-storm/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:28:11 +0000 Caitlin Burchill http://wabi.tv/?p=154258

The forecast for the next few days calls for heavy rain and high winds.

FairPoint workers who’ve been on strike since last week say the rough weather could cause major issues for customers.

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The forecast for the next few days calls for heavy rain and high winds.

FairPoint workers who’ve been on strike since last week say the rough weather could cause major issues for customers.

Caitlin Burchill reports.
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“What do we want? Workers justice. When do we want it? Now,” chanted striking workers.

Fairness at FairPoint.

That’s what the nearly 2,000 union workers striking around New England say they want.

We caught up with those picketing in Bangor. First stop, the Park Street location.

“The main reason we are standing out here is because we are trying to keep good jobs in Maine. The company wants the ability to outsource all of our work either out-of-state or out of country and we’re fighting to keep those jobs here., to keep them local,” said union member Randall Curtis.

The people picketing at the Odlin Road location are usually the folks on the ground.

The ones that fix the system when there are any issues.

They say this looming Nor’easter could cause some problems.

“Obviously high winds, pouring rain that comes, poles go down, lines go down, these are metal, copper wire. Rain comes, flooding. Yeah, we’re the ones out there placing poles and on a lot of cases. The hydro companies, they help us,” said Wes Dempsey, a union member who works as a service splice technician.

As for the service replacement workers, “As far as we know, they don’t have a whole lot up here, so if we have a Nor’easter, it’s not going to be good,” said Dempsey.

Picketers tell us when it rains, they’ll remain.

“We’ve heard a rumor that there is some people in the upper management that don’t think we’ll survive a week out here because Mainers can’t handle the weather. We’re going to get a Nor’easter and sideways rain the next three days and every person you see behind me is still going to be standing right here. Showing everyone in the community that we are not going anyway until we get a fair contract,” said Curtis.

“We’ll be out here no matter what. Yep. We work in this. We’re used to it,” said Dempsey.

FairPoint responded in a written statement, late Tuesday afternoon.

Company officials say, in part:

“We are mobilizing qualified and highly skilled managers, non-union employees and contractors to meet service needs and safeguard our networks. We expect our contingency plans to be fully implemented shortly.”

Company leaders say they’re also concerned with the conduct of some union workers.

They claim, “Individuals have followed and intimidated contractors and employees, blocked our trucks, surrounded our workers on job sites, trespassed on customer property and engaged in conduct that impedes the work FairPoint is doing to meet customer needs.”

FairPoint leaders say they’ve sent a letter to union officials regarding this conduct.

The Associated Press reports that the two unions (Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) called the allegations “spurious and unfounded.”

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Healthy Living: Some Straight Talk about Ebola http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/healthy-living-straight-talk-ebola/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/healthy-living-straight-talk-ebola/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:54:48 +0000 Allison Arbo http://wabi.tv/?p=154298

The Ebola Virus has been a hot topic of discussion in our country for weeks to months.  I would like to start my contribution to the topic with what Ebola IS NOT.

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The Ebola Virus has been a hot topic of discussion in our country for weeks to months.  I would like to start my contribution to the topic with what Ebola IS NOT.

Ebola is not a political issue.  Ebola is not the apocalypse.  Ebola is not a cause for mass hysteria in the United States.

Ebola is a potentially deadly virus that has killed thousands of people in three West African countries.

For the United States, with our considerable resources, this means being on the lookout for the needle in the haystack.  IF – and it’s a big IF – more cases of Ebola infection are diagnosed in our country, we need to response quickly to successfully treat patients and prevent transmission to others.

The Ebola virus is a blood borne virus.  It primarily infects animals such as fruit bats (not a concern in the US) and non-human primates such as monkeys and chimps.  Ebola has never been seen in dogs or cats even in areas of epidemics.  There is no evidence that it is carried by any insects either.   Ebola can occur in humans when a “slipover” infection occurs from an animal source.  Eating and or handling infected “bush game” are how this probably happened in West Africa.  The Ebola virus can then be transferred between people.

The West African epidemic has been much worse than previous epidemics, probably for several reasons.  It occurred in more urban areas than ever before, the families and facilities caring for patients had limited resources to protect against spread, and the customary ritual of washing the dead in these cultures increased opportunity for transmission.

Most people have heard that Ebola is spread through direct contact with fluids of infected persons.  For many folks, it is probably not clear what that exactly means.  Blood is obviously a fluid; so is sweat, saliva, snot (think cough/sneeze), poop, pee, semen, breast milk, and even tears.  The infected fluid must come into contact with a “fluidy” part of another person to transmit infection.  A break in the skin from a cut is an example.   The mouth, nose, and eyes are other examples.  Something simple such as absentmindedly rubbing an itchy eye with a hand that had touched infected fluid could transmit infection – hence the need for completely sealed hazmat type suits being used by providers.  The infected fluids can be picked up from patients themselves, but also from items the fluids have contaminated such as bedding and clothes.

Unlike some other infections, Ebola is not contagious before an infected person has symptoms.  Ebola is not transmitted by through the air either, as some infections (for example influenza) are.  In short, it is not spread by casual distant exposure to strangers, despite the completely irrational action of the Maine Elementary school that banned a teacher just for being in Dallas, miles away from a patient.

Ebola infection can present with flu like illness or the more dangerous form of bleeding and organ failure.  Symptoms usually occur 8-10 days after exposure but can be up to 21 days.  Care of Ebola patients is “supportive” – meaning there is no specific medicine to “cure” the infection, rather the health care team tries to reinforce and support the person’s bodily functions until the infection runs its course.  It goes without saying that the resources for “supportive” care in this country dwarf those in the epidemic regions.

Much has been made recently about preventing the possible influx of people with Ebola into the country.  The airline industry is no stranger to passenger health concerns and there are pre-existing protocols for responding if passengers become ill or even die on route to the United States.  The CDC has been actively and aggressively involved in modifying and optimizing these strategies during this Ebola epidemic.     Currently, all prospective passengers from Ebola affected countries are screened.  No one who is not well may board a plane to the US.   Just today it was also announced that all passengers from epidemic areas can fly into only 1 of 5 airports in our country.  Every passenger will continue to be monitored closely until the maximum incubation time has passed.

Managing information about the Ebola virus in a way that induces undo fear, or as a way to jostle for power does not honor those people who have died from it.  That is my opinion as a provider of intensive care medicine.  Rather, the gift to the rest of the world from the victims of this Ebola outbreak is one of knowledge and opportunity to prepare and combat further spread of this infection.

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Belfast to Implement Solar Panel on FD Roof http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/belfast-implement-solar-panel-fd-roof/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/belfast-implement-solar-panel-fd-roof/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:52:30 +0000 Erica Stapleton http://wabi.tv/?p=154297

The sun will soon bring added value to this roof.

Belfast plans to put a solar panel array on top of its fire house.

“It will offset the electricity needs of the fire house as well as some of the other city buildings in town,” explains Sadie Lloyd, Assistant Planner for the city.

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The sun will soon bring added value to this roof.

Belfast plans to put a solar panel array on top of its fire house.

“It will offset the electricity needs of the fire house as well as some of the other city buildings in town,” explains Sadie Lloyd, Assistant Planner for the city.

ReVision, the Liberty-based solar energy company that will own and manage the system, plans to install it by the end of the year. Energy generated on the roof will not service the firehouse directly — instead it will go right into the grid.

“At the current time we estimate that maybe we’ll save a couple thousand dollars a year while this project is generating power,” says Thomas Kittredge, Belfast’s Economic Development Director.

But after six years, the city will have the opportunity to buy the system from ReVision at a discount. That could bring savings of $8,000 per year.

“We still think it sends the right message as we look at further projects that number will increase to become something substantial,” Kittredge adds.

A future possibility is putting another solar array on the landfill.

“We think if this first project is successful it will lead to other ones that can eventually offset at least a majority of our electrical usage and also convert some of our heating systems that use fossil fuels to sources such as electricity over time.”

 

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High Court Supports BEP Decision to Permit Passadumkeag Mountain Wind Farm http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/high-court-supports-bep-decision-permit-passadumkeag-mountain-wind-farm/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/high-court-supports-bep-decision-permit-passadumkeag-mountain-wind-farm/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:42:31 +0000 Erica Stapleton http://wabi.tv/?p=154294 The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld the Board of Environmental Protection’s decision to grant permission for a wind farm on Passadumkeag Mountain in Grand Falls Township.

Last year, the BEP overturned a decision by the Department of Environmental Protection to reject the 14-turbine wind farm.

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The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld the Board of Environmental Protection’s decision to grant permission for a wind farm on Passadumkeag Mountain in Grand Falls Township.

Last year, the BEP overturned a decision by the Department of Environmental Protection to reject the 14-turbine wind farm.

Passadumkeag Mountain Friends, a non-profit group fighting against the project, appealed the decision to the high court.

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Penobscot Man Found Guilty on Child Porn Charge http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/penobscot-man-found-guilty-child-porn-charge/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/penobscot-man-found-guilty-child-porn-charge/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:35:06 +0000 Erica Stapleton http://wabi.tv/?p=154290 A Penobscot man could be sent to prison for up to ten years for having child porn.

52-year-old Kevin Ross was found guilty Tuesday in Bangor’s Federal Court.

Prosecutors say police found child porn on his computer during a 2011 investigation.

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A Penobscot man could be sent to prison for up to ten years for having child porn.

52-year-old Kevin Ross was found guilty Tuesday in Bangor’s Federal Court.

Prosecutors say police found child porn on his computer during a 2011 investigation.

Besides jail time he could be fined up to $250,000.

He remains in custody while waiting to be sentenced.

 

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Former Maine Drug Prosecutor Could Face More Time Behind Bars http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/former-maine-drug-prosecutor-face-time-behind-bars/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/former-maine-drug-prosecutor-face-time-behind-bars/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:27:24 +0000 Erica Stapleton http://wabi.tv/?p=154288

A federal judge has raised the recommended sentence in a case against a former Maine drug prosecutor.

Court papers say Judge John Woodcock initially considered a 22 to 27 year sentence for James Cameron for having child pornography.

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A federal judge has raised the recommended sentence in a case against a former Maine drug prosecutor.

Court papers say Judge John Woodcock initially considered a 22 to 27 year sentence for James Cameron for having child pornography.

But then, authorities say, Cameron cut off his electronic bracelet and fled to New Mexico while on bail.

Now, he could face more than thirty years in prison.

 

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Salvation Army in Bangor to Sign Up Families for Angel Tree Help http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/salvation-army-bangor-sign-families-angel-tree-help/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/salvation-army-bangor-sign-families-angel-tree-help/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:14:07 +0000 Catherine Pegram http://wabi.tv/?p=154282

The Salvation Army in Bangor is looking for families who may need a little extra help this Christmas.

Organizers are getting ready to register children for the annual Angel Tree program.

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The Salvation Army in Bangor is looking for families who may need a little extra help this Christmas.

Organizers are getting ready to register children for the annual Angel Tree program.

It’s designed to fill Christmas wishes for kids up to age 17.

The Salvation Army hopes to have more than 460 families signed up by Thanksgiving.

The Angel Tree will be at the Bangor Mall the day after Thanksgiving until the middle of December.

Shoppers can pick a name and a wish off the tree to buy something for a child in need.

If you’re interested signing up for the program, call the Salvation Army at 941-2990.

Registration starts Tuesday, October 28th and is by appointment only.

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Players Gear Up for “Taylor Tip-Off” Tournament http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/players-gear-taylor-tip-tournament/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/players-gear-taylor-tip-tournament/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:08:30 +0000 John Krinjak http://wabi.tv/?p=154242

Kids, teens, adults, and even the governor were at the Augusta Y to invite Mainers to shoot some hoops to help children affected by domestic violence.

“These young ladies behind me, they’re playing a game, they’re raising money for a cause, but they’re putting it up front against the most heinous crime in society,” said Governor Paul LePage.

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Kids, teens, adults, and even the governor were at the Augusta Y to invite Mainers to shoot some hoops to help children affected by domestic violence.

“These young ladies behind me, they’re playing a game, they’re raising money for a cause, but they’re putting it up front against the most heinous crime in society,” said Governor Paul LePage.

The Taylor Tip-Off Tournament was founded in 2009 by Mark Leclerc of the Maine Athletic Club after a player lost her parents in a domestic violence murder-suicide. Since then, it’s raised more than $60,000.

“The tremendous part of this is being able to go out and hand the checks to the families. I get chills just talking about it now,” said Leclerc.

Families like this one from Orono. Tracy Haskell’s sister April lost her life in a domestic violence homicide last year.

“They contacted us not long after my sister passed and they said they’d be happy to help us in any way they could,” said Haskell.

Some of the girls taking part in the tournament got a little practice in Tuesday. They say it’s an honor to be playing a sport they love and benefiting such a worthy cause.

“I’ve raised money because I have family members that have been affected by domestic violence and some that have lost their lives to it, so I felt it was important to raise money and help this cause,” said Faith Blethen of Boothbay, who’s playing in the tournament.

And with more than 160 teams set to take part next weekend, this year’s tournament looks to be the biggest ever.

“It’s just very important to us, while we’re playing, knowing we’re raising money for these children who have lost people that they loved,” said player Ashley Jordan of Gray.

The tournament happens Sunday, November 2nd, at sites all across the state…..

If you’d like to take part or donate to the cause, visit taylortipoff.org.

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Two Snowmobile Clubs to Share $120K in Federal Grants http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/two-snowmobile-clubs-share-120k-federal-grants/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/two-snowmobile-clubs-share-120k-federal-grants/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:00:41 +0000 Catherine Pegram http://wabi.tv/?p=154271

 

Two local snowmobile clubs are sharing more than $120,000 in federal money to help grow the industry in Maine.

The USDA awarded Moosehead Riders in Greenville a $75,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant.

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Two local snowmobile clubs are sharing more than $120,000 in federal money to help grow the industry in Maine.

The USDA awarded Moosehead Riders in Greenville a $75,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant.

The Portage Lake Sno-Mobile Club will receive more than $45,000.

Officials say both clubs plan to use the money to buy new trail groomers.

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Road Closed Following Head-On Collision in Blue Hill http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/head-collision-blue-hill/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/head-collision-blue-hill/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:41:08 +0000 Terry Stackhouse http://wabi.tv/?p=154260

State Police are investigating a head-on collision in Blue Hill.

It happened around 1:30 pm Tuesday afternoon near Carleton Stream.

A portion of the road was closed to traffic.

Emergency responders from several agencies were called to the scene.

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State Police are investigating a head-on collision in Blue Hill.

It happened around 1:30 pm Tuesday afternoon near Carleton Stream.

A portion of the road was closed to traffic.

Emergency responders from several agencies were called to the scene.

Witnesses describe injuries as being “serious.”

Police haven’t released many details at this point.

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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Nurses Demand Stricter Ebola Protocols at Hospitals http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/nurses-demand-stricter-ebola-protocols-hospitals/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/nurses-demand-stricter-ebola-protocols-hospitals/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:25:28 +0000 Caitlin Burchill http://wabi.tv/?p=154248

The highest protocol to protect healthcare workers and the public.

That’s what a handful of Maine nurses were demanding in Bangor Tuesday in response to the ebola crisis.

They are asking everyone to join them in signing a National Nurses United petition.

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The highest protocol to protect healthcare workers and the public.

That’s what a handful of Maine nurses were demanding in Bangor Tuesday in response to the ebola crisis.

They are asking everyone to join them in signing a National Nurses United petition.

It demands the President and Congress act immediately to mandate better safety standards at hospitals.

The nurses also showed their support for the two nurses infected with ebola.

“This is why we are wearing the pin. That patient, Mr. Duncan, unfortunately he had the disease. He could have walked in any place. He just happened to be in Dallas. That was almost a month ago, nobody was ready, even now. There is still question of preparedness, how ready we are with resources, with training,” said the President of the Maine State Nurses Association Cokie Giles.

TV5 News asked the union nurses what their thoughts were on the CDC’s new guidelines for caring for patients with ebola.

They say while they are still reviewing them, they believe they are improved, although there is still no mandate to enforce the protocols.

For the entire petition, visit their website.

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Wet, Blustery & Raw the Next Few Days http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/wet-blustery-raw-next-days/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/wet-blustery-raw-next-days/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Chris Ewing http://wabi.tv/?p=154245 CLICK for Weather Graphics:

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Showers have been slowly developing in the Gulf of Maine and then rotating back into our region today as an upper level low to our southwest moves towards the Mid-Atlantic Coastline. The energetic upper low is currently helping develop a new surface low just off the Mid-Atlantic Coastline, which will be intensifying tonight and tomorrow as it meanders to the south of New England.

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Showers have been slowly developing in the Gulf of Maine and then rotating back into our region today as an upper level low to our southwest moves towards the Mid-Atlantic Coastline. The energetic upper low is currently helping develop a new surface low just off the Mid-Atlantic Coastline, which will be intensifying tonight and tomorrow as it meanders to the south of New England.

The combination of high pressure parked over Central Quebec and the intensifying storm system along of the Mid-Atlantic Coastline will combine to bring a prolonged period of rain and wind to our region. Rain showers will slowly become a steadier rain tonight, especially from the Lincoln and Dover-Foxcroft regions on southward. The rain will continue to fall across Maine tomorrow and Thursday as winds both at the surface and aloft continue to pull moisture into New England from the Atlantic Ocean. At times the rain will fall heavily throughout the Pine Tree State, beginning later tomorrow and likely continuing right into Friday morning. By the time the rain taper off later Friday much of our area will have received between 2 and 4”, with possibly a bit more over some of the hillier locations of Maine.

As the storm crawls up the coastline the next several days the pressure gradient between the high to our north and intensifying storm to our south will cause the wind across New England to increase, with the wind likely gusting over 30 mph beginning late tonight night and continuing through Thursday. The prolonged gusty northeast wind will cause the waves to build along the coastline to between 8 to 12 feet by later tomorrow and that will likely lead to minor beach erosion. At the time of high tides splash over along the coastline could lead to some minor flooding along the shoreline. The combination of rain and a gusty northeast breeze will make it feel rather raw the next several days.

Conditions will slowly begin to improve later Friday as the storm drifts up into the Canadian Maritimes. A weak ridge of high pressure will build into the Northeast Saturday which should allow at least some partial sunshine to develop across Maine. An upper low along with a new cold front riding southeast from central Canada will likely bring scattered showers back to our region Sunday.

 

 

Tonight: Becoming blustery, with showers slowly spreading north and low temps in the upper 30s north and 40s south.

 

Wednesday: Blustery, with periods of rain and high temps in the upper 40s to mid 50s.

 

Thursday: Periods of heavy rain, heavy at times and blustery, with high temps in the 50s.

 

Friday: Mostly cloudy, with showers tapering off and high temps in the 50s.

 

Saturday: Variably cloudy, with a few scattered showers possible and high temps in the 50s.

 

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a few scattered showers and high temps in the upper 40s to mid 50s.

 

Chris Ewing

WABI-TV5 & CW Meteorologist

 

 

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Item Thought to Be a Grenade Was Only a Toy, Police Say http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/thought-grenade-toy-police-say/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/thought-grenade-toy-police-say/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:09:57 +0000 News Desk http://wabi.tv/?p=154243

The Maine State Police Bomb Squad was called to a Skowhegan motel following a report that a grenade was found.

The Towne Motel on Madison Avenue was evacuated just after 11 this morning.

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The Maine State Police Bomb Squad was called to a Skowhegan motel following a report that a grenade was found.

The Towne Motel on Madison Avenue was evacuated just after 11 this morning.

Skowhegan Police Chief Ted Blais says a maintenance person found the object between the building and an oil tank.

A bomb squad technician removed the device only to find it’s a plastic toy resembling a grenade.

Police say there’s no indication of who placed the toy there or why.

 

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Accused Bridgton Pharmacy Robber Pleads Guilty http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/accused-bridgton-pharmacy-robber-pleads-guilty/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/accused-bridgton-pharmacy-robber-pleads-guilty/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:26:57 +0000 Terry Stackhouse http://wabi.tv/?p=154236 A Gardiner man, accused of robbing a pharmacy on Thanksgiving Day, admitted to the crime in federal court Tuesday.

According to court documents, 26-year-old Robert Richard went into a Bridgton rite aid last November and handed a pharmacist a note demanding prescription pain killers.

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A Gardiner man, accused of robbing a pharmacy on Thanksgiving Day, admitted to the crime in federal court Tuesday.

According to court documents, 26-year-old Robert Richard went into a Bridgton rite aid last November and handed a pharmacist a note demanding prescription pain killers.

The pharmacist handed him a bag of Oxycodone pills before Richard drove away in a car with concealed license plates.

He faces up to years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Bangor Police Arrest Man for Late Summer Crematorium Burglary http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/bangor-police-arrest-man-late-summer-crematorium-burglary/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/bangor-police-arrest-man-late-summer-crematorium-burglary/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:06:40 +0000 News Desk http://wabi.tv/?p=154225

Police say an arrest has been made in connection with a burglary at a Bangor crematorium over the summer.

In July, police were called to the Pine Grove Crematorium on outer Hammond Street.

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Police say an arrest has been made in connection with a burglary at a Bangor crematorium over the summer.

In July, police were called to the Pine Grove Crematorium on outer Hammond Street.

They say their investigation led them to 28-year-old Justan Adams after surveillance images showed Adams inside and outside the building.

Adams is charged with burglary and is expected to appear in court in November.

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Finance Is Fun: The 6 Stages of Retirement http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/finance-fun-6-stages-retirement/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/finance-fun-6-stages-retirement/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:39:07 +0000 Allison Arbo http://wabi.tv/?p=154221

Marion Syversen was in for Finance is Fun telling us about the 6 stages of retirement.

Retirement is a time that many plan for but like many seasons of life, we don’t know what awaits us until we get there. In your planning here are the six stages that might be part of your retirement years.

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Marion Syversen was in for Finance is Fun telling us about the 6 stages of retirement.

Retirement is a time that many plan for but like many seasons of life, we don’t know what awaits us until we get there. In your planning here are the six stages that might be part of your retirement years.

Pre - Pre-Retirement is the time when you are starting to plan more your exit from years of work routine. It is the transition when you begin to plan so seriously for retirement that you are less in the moment at work. You are on your way out the door.

It begins! – Then we are finally retired. Done with the routine our initial time may be comprised of several new adjustments: 1.) VACATION! 2.) A new routine developed during our transition or through our lives with just the right-for-us level of activities or 3.) a kind of more abrupt halting of almost ALL activities.

Discordance - For some folks though, retirement is a rough adjustment. Work friends are busy. Meaningful projects are not thrust upon us. And though that’s what we wanted, we haven’t found our most comfortable lifestyle. For some people there may be a time of discontent while they work out their most satisfying balance.

Satisfaction -For some retirees there is a gentle transition from work to retirements’ initial lounging and then into this next phase of getting new hobbies, possibly relocating and making new friends and developing the life you had always hoped would be these happy years. It is a time of ‘second chances’ and new opportunities.

Mastery - In the 5th phase a pleasant routine is developed that is sweet and comfortable. This phase may last for many pleasant years.

Less active - the 6th phase is the older phase, when there is less activity and more concerns about health and fragility. It is life’s natural progression.

Wherever you find yourself on this journey, know that retirement could last for thirty or more years. Make a plan for your happy future.

Citations:

http://ohioline.osu.edu/ss-fact/0201.html

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Nor’easter To Test FairPoint’s Replacement Workers http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/noreaster-test-fairpoints-replacement-workers/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/noreaster-test-fairpoints-replacement-workers/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:34:39 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=154177

Striking workers say a nor’easter is going to test FairPoint Communications’ replacement workforce in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

More than 1,700 FairPoint workers went on strike Friday, demanding that the company return to the bargaining table. The company is hiring temporary replacement workers to maintain the system.

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Striking workers say a nor’easter is going to test FairPoint Communications’ replacement workforce in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

More than 1,700 FairPoint workers went on strike Friday, demanding that the company return to the bargaining table. The company is hiring temporary replacement workers to maintain the system.

Jim Feeney, an outside repair technician in Bangor, Maine, says FairPoint hasn’t invested in maintenance and that wind-driven rain could cause problems for customers. The National Weather Service says coastal Maine and New Hampshire will see gusts up to 30 mph on Wednesday and Thursday. The rainfall total is expected to range from 3 to 5 inches.

A FairPoint spokeswoman has said the company has a plan in place to minimize disruptions for telephone and high-speed Internet customers across the three states.

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Thickening Clouds, Showers Developing Today, Wet & Breezy Wednesday http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/thickening-clouds-showers-developing-today-wet-breezy-wednesday/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/thickening-clouds-showers-developing-today-wet-breezy-wednesday/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:05:53 +0000 Todd Simcox http://wabi.tv/?p=154160 CLICK for Weather Graphics:

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Skies will be mostly cloudy as we roll through the afternoon. Showers are expected to develop this afternoon from south to north across the state with the best chance for showers occurring over areas from Dover-Foxcroft to Lincoln southward. Temperatures be near or a little below average with highs in the upper 40s to mid-50s this afternoon. Rain will continue to gradually spread northward into the state tonight. Lows will be mainly in the 40s tonight. With strong high pressure to our north and developing low pressure to our south, breezy conditions will develop tonight as northeast winds increase to 10-18 MPH.

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Skies will be mostly cloudy as we roll through the afternoon. Showers are expected to develop this afternoon from south to north across the state with the best chance for showers occurring over areas from Dover-Foxcroft to Lincoln southward. Temperatures be near or a little below average with highs in the upper 40s to mid-50s this afternoon. Rain will continue to gradually spread northward into the state tonight. Lows will be mainly in the 40s tonight. With strong high pressure to our north and developing low pressure to our south, breezy conditions will develop tonight as northeast winds increase to 10-18 MPH.

 

Low pressure south of New England will bring us periods of rain during the day Wednesday. High pressure to our north and low pressure to our south will make for a breezy day Wednesday with northeast winds between 15-25 MPH. Wind and rain will continue Thursday as low pressure passes near Cape Cod. The storm is expected to gradually drift northeastward through the Gulf of Maine towards Nova Scotia by Friday evening. As it passes by, the steadier rain is expected to taper to showers from south to north on Friday. By Friday evening, the bulk of the rain will have fallen and rainfall totals by that point are expected to range from 2”-4” in most locales with locally higher amounts up to 5” possible. The chance of showers will linger into the start of the weekend Saturday mainly over northern areas with drier weather expected elsewhere.

 

 

Rest of Today: mostly cloudy with showers developing. The best chance of showers will over areas from Dover-Foxcroft to Lincoln southward. Highs between 48°-57°. East/northeast wind 5-10 MPH.

 

Tonight: mostly cloudy and breezy. Periods of rain spreading northward. Lows between 37°-47°, coolest north. Northeast wind 10-18 MPH.

 

Wednesday: periods of rain. Highs between 47°-54°. Northeast wind 15-25 MPH.

 

Thursday: periods of rain and breezy. Highs in the 50s.

 

Friday: periods of rain tapering to showers from south to north. Highs in the 50s.

 

Saturday: mostly cloudy, some afternoon breaks of sun possible. Shower possible north. Highs in upper 40s to mid-50s.

 

 

 

Todd Simcox

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Police: Baby Found Dead in Bathtub of Lewiston Apartment http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/police-baby-found-dead-bathtub-lewiston-apartment/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/police-baby-found-dead-bathtub-lewiston-apartment/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:17:15 +0000 News Desk http://wabi.tv/?p=154188 The death of a baby in Lewiston is being investigated after police say it was found unresponsive in a bathtub.

State Police say 27-year-old Sean St. Amand placed his infant son in the tub with the boy’s two year old sister.

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The death of a baby in Lewiston is being investigated after police say it was found unresponsive in a bathtub.

State Police say 27-year-old Sean St. Amand placed his infant son in the tub with the boy’s two year old sister.

Police say St. Amand left the room, and when he returned found his son not breathing.

Police tell us the child would have turned one next week.

His mother, 28-year-old Jennifer Everett, was home, but sleeping at the time.

An autopsy is scheduled for today.

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Three Injured In Thomaston Crash http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/three-injured-thomaston-crash/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/three-injured-thomaston-crash/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:25:33 +0000 News Desk http://wabi.tv/?p=154178

Three people were taken to the hospital after a crash this morning on Route 1 in Thomaston.

Police say a van carrying four people crossed the center line and struck a pole.

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Three people were taken to the hospital after a crash this morning on Route 1 in Thomaston.

Police say a van carrying four people crossed the center line and struck a pole.

Police tell us the driver, 24-year-old Jane Tarbox, told them she hit the edge of the road and overcorrected.

Tarbox and two of her passengers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Do you think there should be more travel restrictions from Ebola-infected areas to the US? http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/think-travel-restrictions-ebola-infected-areas-us/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/think-travel-restrictions-ebola-infected-areas-us/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:38:52 +0000 Neal Timoney http://wabi.tv/?p=154174 Yes      92% (514 Votes)

No         8% (47 Votes)

 

Total: 561 Votes

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Yes      92% (514 Votes)

No         8% (47 Votes)

 

Total: 561 Votes

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Firefighter Faces Arson Charge http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/firefighter-faces-arson-charge/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/firefighter-faces-arson-charge/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:37:38 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=154155 WILTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine firefighter is facing an arson charge for allegedly setting a small blaze at an outdoor music theater in the village of East Dixfield.

An investigator with the state Fire Marshal’s office says Jason Baldwin set a fire at the Countryfolk Music Theatre on U.S. Route 2 on Oct. 15 and then helped extinguish it with only minor damage.

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WILTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine firefighter is facing an arson charge for allegedly setting a small blaze at an outdoor music theater in the village of East Dixfield.

An investigator with the state Fire Marshal’s office says Jason Baldwin set a fire at the Countryfolk Music Theatre on U.S. Route 2 on Oct. 15 and then helped extinguish it with only minor damage.

Sgt. Joel Davis says he thinks the 28-year-old Baldwin set the fire to bring attention to himself.

Davis says Baldwin apparently broke into the small cabin and started the fire using combustible materials such as paper in a hallway.

Wilton’s fire chief says Baldwin has been with the department since May and will likely be dismissed.

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Colorado Man Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charge http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/colorado-man-pleads-guilty-child-porn-charge/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/colorado-man-pleads-guilty-child-porn-charge/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:36:13 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=154154 PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Colorado man has pleaded guilty to sending a picture of himself engaged in sexually explicit behavior with a minor to an undercover federal agent in Maine.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Colorado man has pleaded guilty to sending a picture of himself engaged in sexually explicit behavior with a minor to an undercover federal agent in Maine.

David William Burkman, of Canon City, Colorado, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland to sexually exploiting a child and transporting child pornography.

Prosecutors say in March, Burkman took pictures of himself engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a 6-year-old girl. The next month, he sent an email message to the undercover account of a Homeland Security Investigations agent in Maine that included one of the photos.

The 30-year-old Burkman faces up to 50 years in prison on the sexual exploitation charge at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Jan. 29.

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Police Identity Victims Of Bridgton Crash http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/police-identity-victims-bridgton-crash/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/police-identity-victims-bridgton-crash/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:32:08 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=154152 BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — Police say a 16-year-old Gorham High School student was one of the two people who died in a weekend car crash in Bridgton.

Police on Monday identified Branden Denis, a starting lineman on Gorham’s football team, and 35-year-old Eric Morey, or Portland, as the victims of the crash on Route 302 south just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

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BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — Police say a 16-year-old Gorham High School student was one of the two people who died in a weekend car crash in Bridgton.

Police on Monday identified Branden Denis, a starting lineman on Gorham’s football team, and 35-year-old Eric Morey, or Portland, as the victims of the crash on Route 302 south just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

They were both passengers in a car driven by Candice Tucker, who is Denis’ mother. She was treated at the hospital for minor injuries.

Chief Kevin Schofield says it appears as if Tucker was driving at high speed and trying to pass another vehicle when she lost control and struck a tree.

No charges have been filed.

Denis was remembered by his coaches and teammates Monday as a hard worker and quiet leader.

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Ocean Acidification Group To Issue Report http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/ocean-acidification-group-issue-report/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/ocean-acidification-group-issue-report/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:30:57 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=154150 AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine committee charged with studying the impacts of ocean acidification on the state’s environment is expected to issue a draft of its recommendations.

The Maine Ocean Acidification Study Commission is meeting on Tuesday in Augusta to finish the draft. A spokeswoman says the commission will likely make a final vote on the recommendations Nov. 12. The 16-member council will report findings to the state legislature’s Marine Resources Committee.

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine committee charged with studying the impacts of ocean acidification on the state’s environment is expected to issue a draft of its recommendations.

The Maine Ocean Acidification Study Commission is meeting on Tuesday in Augusta to finish the draft. A spokeswoman says the commission will likely make a final vote on the recommendations Nov. 12. The 16-member council will report findings to the state legislature’s Marine Resources Committee.

The panel is studying the effects of ocean acidification on ecosystems and shellfisheries. State officials say the commission is the first of its kind in the eastern United States. The officials have said the panel’s report will focus on the environmental and economic impacts of ocean acidification.

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Recommendations For Elver Season Due Soon http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/recommendations-elver-season-due-soon/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/recommendations-elver-season-due-soon/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:29:35 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=154149 PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A key federal panel will provide recommendations to fishery regulators soon about Maine’s elver quota for next year.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s American Eel Management Board is considering options for elver fishermen that range from closing the fishery to maintaining this year’s quota of 11,749 pounds. A spokeswoman for the commission says the American Eel Working Group’s recommendations to the board will be released on Wednesday.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A key federal panel will provide recommendations to fishery regulators soon about Maine’s elver quota for next year.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s American Eel Management Board is considering options for elver fishermen that range from closing the fishery to maintaining this year’s quota of 11,749 pounds. A spokeswoman for the commission says the American Eel Working Group’s recommendations to the board will be released on Wednesday.

Maine’s elver fishermen caught 9,586 pounds of the baby eels last season. They are sold overseas as seed stock for Asian aquaculture companies that raise them to maturity and sell them as food. Price per pound of Maine elvers has increased considerably in recent years.

The eel management board is set to approve a quota and potentially other rules on Oct. 27.

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Gubernatorial Candidates Tangle Over Taxes, The Economy http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/gubernatorial-candidates-tangle-taxes-economy/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/gubernatorial-candidates-tangle-taxes-economy/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:25:47 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=154105 AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The three candidates in a tight race for Maine governor have engaged in a fiery TV debate, quarreling over tax cuts, energy and Maine’s economic health.

Democrat Mike Michaud blasted Republican Gov. Paul LePage for tax cuts that benefited wealthy individuals and accused him of ignoring education in the budget. LePage countered that his tax overhaul removed more than 70,000 low-income residents from the tax rolls altogether.

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The three candidates in a tight race for Maine governor have engaged in a fiery TV debate, quarreling over tax cuts, energy and Maine’s economic health.

Democrat Mike Michaud blasted Republican Gov. Paul LePage for tax cuts that benefited wealthy individuals and accused him of ignoring education in the budget. LePage countered that his tax overhaul removed more than 70,000 low-income residents from the tax rolls altogether.

Meanwhile, LePage slammed Michaud’s plan for how to improve Maine, saying it sounds “like a recipe for blubbery cobbler” with “no details behind it.”

Independent Eliot Cutler sought to show that he was above the partisan bickering, arguing that Mainers are “tired of stuff not getting done.”

The debate Monday at the University of Southern Maine aired live on WGME-TV in Portland.

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Senate Candidates Discuss Access to Health Care http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/senate-candidates-discuss-access-health-care/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/senate-candidates-discuss-access-health-care/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:22:58 +0000 Caitlin Burchill http://wabi.tv/?p=154052

Our Candidate Profiles series continues.

Republican Senator Susan Collins and Democratic candidate Shenna Bellows share their thoughts on health care.

We asked: Should there be any changes to the Affordable Care Act or is the current healthcare system working?

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Our Candidate Profiles series continues.

Republican Senator Susan Collins and Democratic candidate Shenna Bellows share their thoughts on health care.

We asked: Should there be any changes to the Affordable Care Act or is the current healthcare system working?

“I support universal healthcare for all. My mom is a nurse and she has seen first hand what it means when people don’t have access to healthcare. The Affordable Care Act is a good first step, but we need to fix it, to expand access. Already the Affordable Care Act increased healthcare access for over 35k Mainers, and that is a good thing, but we can do more. I support expanding Maine-Care , I support Medicare expansion, and I think certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act that bans insurance companies from discriminating against people based on pre-existing conditions are extraordinarily important. It is irresponsible to suggest that we repeal the Affordable Care Act without a solution to provide healthcare for all. I will stand up against big insurance and big pharmaceuticals for healthcare for all Mainers,” said Bellows.

“First, let me say that the health care system needed reform and it is a shame that the President did not work with Democrats and Republicans and Independents to come up with a bi-partisan bill that would have made a big difference to America by helping to lower the cost of health insurance. That’s the reason we have so many uninsured Americans. Regrettably, although it has some very great provisions in it, Obamacare has caused premiums to increase and has produced fewer choices and has imposed billions of dollars in new taxes and fees that are contributing to the increase in health care costs. We should keep the good parts of Obamacare such as the provisions that prohibit insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions. But, we need to amend those flaws in Obamacare such as the change in the definition of a full-time worker to 40 hours a week to 30 hours a week. I’ve heard from everyone to healthcare institutions to schools to private employers that, that provision alone is causing them to reduce the number of hours that employees are working and that means that they are getting smaller paychecks. That’s one of the flaws that we need to work together to fix,” said Collins.

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Restaurateurs Sentenced For Illegal Workers http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/restaurateurs-sentenced-illegal-workers/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/restaurateurs-sentenced-illegal-workers/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:19:56 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=154042

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two restaurateurs who pleaded guilty to hiring 10 or more people who were living in the U.S. illegally are going to prison.

A federal judge on Monday imposed sentences of 37 months in prison for Guillermo Fuentes and 30 months for his brother, Hector. They pleaded guilty to activities at the Fajita Grill in Westbrook and at the Cancun Mexican Restaurant in Waterville. The brothers also owned a third restaurant in Biddeford.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two restaurateurs who pleaded guilty to hiring 10 or more people who were living in the U.S. illegally are going to prison.

A federal judge on Monday imposed sentences of 37 months in prison for Guillermo Fuentes and 30 months for his brother, Hector. They pleaded guilty to activities at the Fajita Grill in Westbrook and at the Cancun Mexican Restaurant in Waterville. The brothers also owned a third restaurant in Biddeford.

The two were convicted in 2013 of charges including harboring undocumented workers. But a new trial was ordered because a juror used a racial slur to describe the defendants.

In June, they pleaded guilty to hiring people who were living in the U.S. illegally and to making false statements. They’d faced up to five years in prison.

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Maine’s First Footgolf Course Opening In Portland http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/maines-first-footgolf-course-opening-portland/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/maines-first-footgolf-course-opening-portland/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:07:27 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=153973 PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in the city of Portland say they are opening the first footgolf course in Maine.

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan is unveiling the course at Riverside Golf Course on Monday morning. Footgolf is a sport that combines soccer and golf. The sport will be playable at the golf course’s South Course from Friday until Nov. 30. City officials say the golf course is the first to offer the sport in the state.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in the city of Portland say they are opening the first footgolf course in Maine.

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan is unveiling the course at Riverside Golf Course on Monday morning. Footgolf is a sport that combines soccer and golf. The sport will be playable at the golf course’s South Course from Friday until Nov. 30. City officials say the golf course is the first to offer the sport in the state.

The first World Cup of footgolf took place in Hungary in 2012. The sport is essentially golf played with a kicked soccer ball. The team needing the fewest shots to complete the course wins.

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Bangor Nurses Hold Press Conference in Support of Ebola Safety Standards http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/bangor-nurses-hold-press-conference-support-ebola-safety-standards/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/21/bangor-nurses-hold-press-conference-support-ebola-safety-standards/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:04:35 +0000 Neal Timoney http://wabi.tv/?p=154157 Registered nurses in the Bangor area have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday morning.

They’re demanding President Obama and Congress take immediate steps to guarantee the safety of healthcare employees when it comes to the Ebola virus.

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Registered nurses in the Bangor area have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday morning.

They’re demanding President Obama and Congress take immediate steps to guarantee the safety of healthcare employees when it comes to the Ebola virus.

The nurses are also inviting the public to sign a petition regarding safety protocols in hospitals around the U.S.

National Nurses United Vice-President RN Cokie Giles released a statement saying, “We are asking everyone to sign our petition demanding the President, the Congress, and every hospital in the United States, ensure that optimal protections are implemented immediately. That is how we are going to contain Ebola and protect our patients. We are all Dallas nurses now.”

This event is part of a week-long list of activities organized by National Nurses United. According to their press sheet, they are the largest U.S. Organization of nurses with 185,000 members.

Tuesday’s event in Bangor starts at 10:30 AM at the Key Plaza downtown.

 

Meanwhile, Federal officials have released new guidelines for health care workers taking care of Ebola patients.

Health workers had been pushing for guidance since two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas were infected by a Liberian man with Ebola who eventually died.

The guidelines call for being covered head to toe with face shields, hoods, boot covers, and training and monitoring of putting on and taking off protective equipment.

The CDC cannot require hospitals to follow the guidance; it’s merely official advice.

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