Maine's News, Sports, And Weather Leader - WABI TV5 http://wabi.tv Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:03:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Newport Students to Present at Google Event http://wabi.tv/2014/10/01/newport-students-present-google-event/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/01/newport-students-present-google-event/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:03:34 +0000 Terry Stackhouse http://wabi.tv/?p=149413

Some tech savvy students in Newport are preparing to share their knowledge with hundreds of students and educators in Canada.

“Hello. Welcome to the Tech Sherpa show, episode number 54,” said Zachary Mitchell, a sophomore at Nokomis High School, as he looked into a webcam, along another student.

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Some tech savvy students in Newport are preparing to share their knowledge with hundreds of students and educators in Canada.

“Hello. Welcome to the Tech Sherpa show, episode number 54,” said Zachary Mitchell, a sophomore at Nokomis High School, as he looked into a webcam, along another student.

For two years, broadcasting students at Nokomis High School have offered their computer insight online.

“We get questions from educators around the world,” said broadcast teacher Kern Kelley.

“The Tech Sherpas are a group of students within the broadcasting program a Nokomis that can be called upon by any teacher should they have any sort of technical difficulties,” said Matt Riley, a Senior at Nokomis.

The weekly, student produced, web-series is getting some international recognition. Later this week, 4 “student-sherpas” will attend the Google for Education Summit in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

“We are going to be presenting about how we do Tech Superpas and how it helps us and helps teachers all around the world,” said Riley.

“I am looking forward to it. I think it is going to be a lot of fun, being able to help a whole lot more people at a time than on the show when you have 15 minutes,” said Mitchell.

Their teacher, Kern Kelley, is making the trip too. His ambitious project is focused not only on strengthening student’s computer literacy, but building connections off-line as well.

“We’re giving them the other skills that they can’t get otherwise. You can’t mimic public speaking unless you do it,” said Kelley.

You can watch new episodes of the Tech Sherpas every Tuesday here.

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Bangor Symphony Orchestra Hosts Open House http://wabi.tv/2014/10/01/bangor-symphony-orchestra-hosts-open-house/ http://wabi.tv/2014/10/01/bangor-symphony-orchestra-hosts-open-house/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:01:22 +0000 Terry Stackhouse http://wabi.tv/?p=149410

The Bangor Symphony Orchestra marked the start of their 119th season Tuesday.

Locals were invited to an open house at Spectacular Event Center.

Attendees were entertained by the symphony’s Juniper Quartet.

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The Bangor Symphony Orchestra marked the start of their 119th season Tuesday.

Locals were invited to an open house at Spectacular Event Center.

Attendees were entertained by the symphony’s Juniper Quartet.

The event was also a welcoming party for Music Director and Conductor Lucas Richman.

He started working with the symphony is 2010 but he and his family recently moved and are now officially residents of the Queen City.

“The fact that I can be a part of the community and really get a better sense of what the community’s needs and wants are immediately takes away a barrier that might be there if I’m not living in the same city,” said Richman.

The first performance of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 season is scheduled for October 12th at the Collins Center for the arts in Orono.

Click here for their full schedule and ticket information.

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Boys Soccer Game Honors the Late Coach Patterson, Bangor Blanks Brewer http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/boys-soccer-game-honors-late-coach-patterson-bangor-blanks-brewer/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/boys-soccer-game-honors-late-coach-patterson-bangor-blanks-brewer/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:56:14 +0000 Eric Gullickson http://wabi.tv/?p=149419

High School Boys Soccer

Bangor 3, Brewer 0

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Police Searching for Escaped Detainee http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/police-searching-escaped-detainee/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/police-searching-escaped-detainee/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:16:06 +0000 Shawn McVicar http://wabi.tv/?p=149403 State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating an Otisfield man who fled Tuesday afternoon from a state trooper’s car, still in handcuffs.

Police are looking for Maxx Noble, 27, who is described as six feet tall, 180 lbs, with multiple tattoos on his face, neck and arms.

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State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating an Otisfield man who fled Tuesday afternoon from a state trooper’s car, still in handcuffs.

Police are looking for Maxx Noble, 27, who is described as six feet tall, 180 lbs, with multiple tattoos on his face, neck and arms.

Troopers arrested Noble at a residence on Ahonen Rd in Otisfield on several felony charges stemming from an investigation by MDEA and State Police.

Troopers located Noble and took him into custody, but while officers were inside the residence, Noble was able to unbuckle his seatbelt, unlock the cruiser door and escape into nearby woods, still in handcuffs and wearing only socks on his feet.

Aided by tracking dogs, State Troopers, Oxford County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Oxford Police searched a wide area near the Harrison town line without success.

Noble was last seen wearing a blue jacket, a hooded sweatshirt, grey sweatpants, and white socks.

As a result of the incident, Nobel will face a number of new charges, including escape and theft.

Anyone with information of Noble’s whereabouts is asked to contact State Police in Gray at 657-3030 or the Oxford County Sheriff’s Department.

Police say Noble is desperate and the public should avoid any contact with him.

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Bangor Field Hockey Blanks Mt. Ararat http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/bangor-field-hockey-blanks-mt-ararat/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/bangor-field-hockey-blanks-mt-ararat/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:42:16 +0000 Eric Gullickson http://wabi.tv/?p=149400

High School Field Hockey

Bangor 2, Mt. Ararat 0

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Hermon Battles Past John Bapst http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/hermon-battles-past-john-bapst/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/hermon-battles-past-john-bapst/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:38:47 +0000 Eric Gullickson http://wabi.tv/?p=149397

High School Boys Soccer

Hermon 3, John Bapst 2

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Bit Brighter & Milder Wednesday http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/bit-brighter-milder-wednesday-2/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/bit-brighter-milder-wednesday-2/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:33:18 +0000 Chris Ewing http://wabi.tv/?p=149300 CLICK for Weather Graphics:

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The combination of high pressure to our northeast and a storm centered well southeast of New England kept Maine in a cool and damp northeasterly airflow today. The combination of the clouds and the onshore breeze held the temps in the 50s for highs across most of our region today. The onshore breeze will lead to cloudy skies along with patchy fog and drizzle tonight across most of Maine, with low temps holding in the 40s.

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From the WABI-TV5 & CW Forecast Center:

 

The combination of high pressure to our northeast and a storm centered well southeast of New England kept Maine in a cool and damp northeasterly airflow today. The combination of the clouds and the onshore breeze held the temps in the 50s for highs across most of our region today. The onshore breeze will lead to cloudy skies along with patchy fog and drizzle tonight across most of Maine, with low temps holding in the 40s.

The high to our northeast will drift south tomorrow while the storm offshore drifts northeast. The high to our north will allow for some partial clearing to develop over northern parts of Maine tomorrow, while the storm offshore will keep southern and coastal Maine mostly cloudy, with a little morning patchy fog and mist. Temps tomorrow will be a bit milder than today as highs reach the low to mid 60s all across our region. As the high to our north pushes south into Western New England the skies all across Maine will average partly sunny both Thursday and Friday, with high temps each day in the 60s.

A rather potent storm will ride northeast through the Great Lakes Region later Friday and early Saturday. As the storm lifts northeast into southern Canada Saturday its trailing occluded front will sweep east through New England later in the day and at night. After a partly sunny start to the day the front will bring increasing clouds to Maine later Saturday, with showers developing either later in the afternoon or at night as the front crosses our area. Early showers Sunday will likely give way to partly cloudy and skies later in the day as the front moves offshore and high pressure approaches New England from the west.

 

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with patchy fog and drizzle forming and low temps in the 40s.

 

Wednesday: Early fog and mist south and coast then becoming partly cloudy north and mostly cloudy south, with high temps in the low to mid 60s.

 

Thursday: Patchy early clouds and then partly sunny, with high temps in the 60s.

 

Friday: Partly sunny, with high temps in the 60s.

 

Saturday: Partly sunny early then increasing clouds, with late day and nighttime showers and high temps in the 60s.

 

Sunday: Early showers ending then partly sunny, with high temps in the upper 50s to mid 60s.

 

Chris Ewing

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Paws on Parade at the Bangor Waterfront This Weekend http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/paws-parade-bangor-waterfront-weekend/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/paws-parade-bangor-waterfront-weekend/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:28:36 +0000 Logan Briggs http://wabi.tv/?p=149388

Furry friends of all shapes and sizes will come together on the Bangor Waterfront this weekend.

They’ll have their owners with them, too.

It’s all part of the Paws on Parade, put on by the Bangor Humane Society.

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Furry friends of all shapes and sizes will come together on the Bangor Waterfront this weekend.

They’ll have their owners with them, too.

It’s all part of the Paws on Parade, put on by the Bangor Humane Society.

The mile-and-a-half walk raises awareness about homeless pets.

It also raises money for the Humane Society.

Organizers say this year’s goal is $70,000.

Besides the parade, there’ll be costume contests, giveaways and animals up for adoption.

Registration starts at 8:30.

The parade begins at 9:30.

There’ll be activities until the early afternoon.

For more information, log on to www.bangorhumane.org.

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Second Police Officer Files a Notice of Claim with Westbrook City Hall http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/second-police-officer-files-notice-claim-westbrook-city-hall/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/second-police-officer-files-notice-claim-westbrook-city-hall/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:22:44 +0000 Logan Briggs http://wabi.tv/?p=149386 A second female police officer has filed a notice of claim with Westbrook city hall about a potential sexual harassment lawsuit.

Westbrook’s new interim police chief Janine Roberts is pledging fairness, as she takes over the department.

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A second female police officer has filed a notice of claim with Westbrook city hall about a potential sexual harassment lawsuit.

Westbrook’s new interim police chief Janine Roberts is pledging fairness, as she takes over the department.

Roberts is looking to move forward.

“I can’t change the past, what I can do is to try to influence the future going forward, and my approach to leadership is to be firm and fair to all. No matter what gender, no matter what person, relationship I may have with them. So i am going to set the tone and the message that, just that, firm and fair across the board,” said Janine Roberts, Westbrook Police Dept.

The former public safety chief, Michael Pardue, resigned two weeks ago.

He says his resignation is not related to the sexual harassment allegations.

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Senate Rejects LePage UMS Board Nominee Dench http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/senate-rejects-lepage-ums-board-nominee-dench/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/senate-rejects-lepage-ums-board-nominee-dench/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:40:06 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=149254 AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Maine Senate has denied one of Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s nominees to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.

The Senate voted 17-15 against Susan Dench’s nomination to the board Tuesday.

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Maine Senate has denied one of Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s nominees to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.

The Senate voted 17-15 against Susan Dench’s nomination to the board Tuesday.

Democrats and women’s groups have criticized Dench’s comments on gender issues on a conservative blog she used to write for the Bangor Daily News.

But Republicans accused Democrats of playing politics with the nomination and warned that Dench’s rejection would send a bad message that views outside of the mainstream aren’t tolerated.

Dench said after the vote that she was disappointed and believed her experience in marketing would’ve e benefited the seven-school system.

The Education Committee’s rejection of Dench last week was the first time it has ever denied a governor’s nominee to that board.

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Sarah’s House in Holden Will Soon Open Its Doors http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/sarahs-house-holden-will-soon-open-doors/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/sarahs-house-holden-will-soon-open-doors/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:31:34 +0000 Caitlin Burchill http://wabi.tv/?p=149346

Volunteers are putting the finishing touches on Sarah’s House in Holden.

The hospitality home is for patients receiving treatment at the Lafayette Cancer Center in Brewer and live more than 35 miles away.

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Volunteers are putting the finishing touches on Sarah’s House in Holden.

The hospitality home is for patients receiving treatment at the Lafayette Cancer Center in Brewer and live more than 35 miles away.

Organizers expect guests to begin staying there Wednesday.

Folks will be referred by cancer care patient advocates and social workers.

The former furniture store on Route 1-A has been transformed, thanks to donations and help from volunteers.

There is large kitchen, a community room, a laundry room and nine bedrooms.

Guests and a loved one can stay for a very small fee.

This home was the dream of Sarah Robinson of Old Town. She died of cancer in 2011.

“It’s been a long time. I mean Sarah started this project back before she passed away. While she was battling cancer, she started this. To see it get to where it is now, and the thought of a patient laying their head down, or a guest, laying their head down and sleeping close to cancer care really really helps us to sleep better at night knowing how far we’ve come,” said Benjamin Robinson, Sarah’s husband. He is also the president of Sarah’s House.

“We like to say that patients will now be 2 miles from cancer care verses 200 miles,” said Judy Collier, breast cancer survivor and fundraiser volunteer for Sarah’s House.

Organizers say they have raised $2 million to transform the home, but they still need more money to continue operating it.

To help or to learn more about Sarah’s House, click here.

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Co-workers of Late Old Town Woman Donate to Her Dream: Sarah’s House http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/co-workers-late-old-town-woman-donate-dream-sarahs-house/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/co-workers-late-old-town-woman-donate-dream-sarahs-house/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:23:30 +0000 Caitlin Burchill http://wabi.tv/?p=149341

A big gift in memory of a beloved coworker.

Tuesday, folks at The Masiello Group in Bangor gave almost $9,500 to Sarah’s House in Holden.

The hospitality home is for patients receiving treatment at the Lafayette Cancer Center in Brewer who live more than 35 miles away.

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A big gift in memory of a beloved coworker.

Tuesday, folks at The Masiello Group in Bangor gave almost $9,500 to Sarah’s House in Holden.

The hospitality home is for patients receiving treatment at the Lafayette Cancer Center in Brewer who live more than 35 miles away.

Guests will begin staying there this week.

Sarah Robinson of Old Town died from cancer in 2011.

She received her diagnosis while working at this real estate agency.

The creation of this home was her dream.

“She was an incredible lady. When she first came to us with her dream, it was kind of out there, but you just knew she could pull it off. She’s incredible. We wanted to be part of it,” said Delores Landry who works at The Masiello Group.

“It means a lot to see her coworkers and the people that knew her, that were inspired by her, to take such a lead on this project and raise as much as they have and do as much as they have. I think it speaks to who Sarah was,” said Benjamin Robinson, Sarah’s husband. He’s the president of Sarah’s House.

A giant yard sale and raffle held in August helped raise the money.

Organizers say the money will go toward furnishing the house.

Over the past three years, Sarah’s co-workers have collected more than $21,000 for the cause.

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Healthy Living: Drug Diversion Problem http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/healthy-living-drug-diversion-problem/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/healthy-living-drug-diversion-problem/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:19:44 +0000 Allison Arbo http://wabi.tv/?p=149340

TV5 Health advisor doctor William Sturrock was here for this week’s Healthy Living to talk about, the drug diversion problem.

 

 

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TV5 Health advisor doctor William Sturrock was here for this week’s Healthy Living to talk about, the drug diversion problem.

 

 

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Kids Create Art to Inspire Those in Need http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/kids-create-art-inspire-need/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/kids-create-art-inspire-need/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:51:23 +0000 Tania Morales http://wabi.tv/?p=149332

Young artists in Hancock County are putting their skills to use for a good cause.

They’re creating artwork to inspire patients in hospitals who don’t have visitors – or just need their spirits lifted.

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Young artists in Hancock County are putting their skills to use for a good cause.

They’re creating artwork to inspire patients in hospitals who don’t have visitors – or just need their spirits lifted.

The “Art From The Heart” program started nearly eight months ago, when a Sedgwick Middle School volunteer ended up in the hospital for five days.

“I had no visitors, it was very difficult. It’s hard to focus on getting better when feeling so down, that you really just can’t get on that path to start to feel better and start the healing process,” says Tammie Cox, Founder of the “Art From The Heart” program.

Tammie Cox decided she wanted to make a difference.

“For me it was a time in my life where I just felt very, very alone. I didn’t want to see anybody else have to face that in their life,” Tammie Cox says.

Students were ready to create art.

“It makes me feel really good that, you know, people that are really sick and don’t have anyone, I can make them feel better, people I don’t even know,” says Sedgwick Middle School 8th grader, Santana Warren.

“Some people who are in the hospital and don’t get any visitors or anything feel sad, and I like to make those people happy,” says Sedgwick Middle School 5th grader, Lily Allen.

It’s a simple way to make a world of difference for someone.

“It’s as easy as creating a beautiful piece of artwork, putting it in an envelope and sending it to:

C/O Art From The Heart
30 Covenant Way
Sedgwick ME
04676

“We parents get pictures constantly from our kids. They build up, and they build up. I don’t want to see them going to a drawer. I keep the special few and if I can pass them onto somebody else and make them feel good, that’s far more important than them sitting in a drawer,” says Cox.

Cox is thrilled to have kids in the community involved.

“It doesn’t matter if they’re four years old or fifteen years old, they’re excited to do it. They love the fact that they don’t have to have their name on it, they don’t have to receive a thank you or credit for. They’re getting something that makes them feel special and giving something to somebody to make them feel special,” Cox says.

The artwork gets sent to the hospitals, and it’s distributed on an as needed basis.

“It’s kind of a group process. I really hope that more kids and get involved because the more pictures, the more people feel better, and the more it gets around,” says Warren.

The “Art From The Heart” program delivers to Blue Hill Memorial and Maine Coast Memorial Hospitals, with hopes to reach out to others, as well as nursing homes.

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Cherryfield Church to Convert House into Disaster Shelter http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/cherryfield-church-convert-house-disaster-shelter/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/cherryfield-church-convert-house-disaster-shelter/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:39:30 +0000 John Krinjak http://wabi.tv/?p=149298

The First Congregational Church in Cherryfield recently purchased this house right next door.

“It would be a nice place, especially if a big family was burned out of their home or something. They would have a place to stay for a while,” said church member Laura Merrill.

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The First Congregational Church in Cherryfield recently purchased this house right next door.

“It would be a nice place, especially if a big family was burned out of their home or something. They would have a place to stay for a while,” said church member Laura Merrill.

“There are four bedrooms up here, they’re all in pretty good shape,” said church member and project organizer Peter Duston.

The Lamb House, as it’s called, would be geared toward those impacted by fire, weather or other disasters.

“You could probably put a family of easily six or more,” said Duston.

Organizers of the project say most of this house is actually in great condition. But one spot that could use a little work, as you can see, is right here in the kitchen.

“As you can see, it needs updating. It needs renovations. It needs kitchen cabinets, it needs counters. The water is here, the heat is here, we just need stuff to work with,” said church treasurer Foster Mathews.

The church is looking to the community for donations of materials, manpower, and money. They hope to raise at least $20,000.

“Imagine losing all of your life and everything that goes into it. And then have to move somewhere else, away from all your familiar surroundings where you’ve got neighbors and friends and family and school and whatever. It’s got to be just really heart-wrenching,” said Duston.

For those seeing this project through, it’s all about paying it forward.

“I’ve been in situations that I’m down and out, and people come to help you out. It’s just, to me, that’s great, and if you can help pass that on to somebody else,” said church member Clyde Merrill.

If you’d like to help out, call 546-7559.

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Company Says Second Data Breach at Shaw’s Stores in Maine http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/company-says-second-data-breach-shaws-stores-maine/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/company-says-second-data-breach-shaws-stores-maine/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:37:39 +0000 Catherine Pegram http://wabi.tv/?p=149324

Officials have discovered a second debit and credit card information breach at Shaw’s supermarket stores in Maine.

The parent company says this time the unauthorized access took place between August 27th and September 21st.

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Officials have discovered a second debit and credit card information breach at Shaw’s supermarket stores in Maine.

The parent company says this time the unauthorized access took place between August 27th and September 21st.

The first data breach was reported in last month, but happened between June 22nd and July 17th.

Officials say the two incidents are separate and they haven’t been able to determine if customer information was stolen as a result of either event.

Stores in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont were potentially affected.

The company’s offering a year of free identity protection service for customers who shopped in Shaw’s during the times of the breach.

For more information, log on to www.shaws.com.

 

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Biz Tips: Disaster Preparedness http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/biz-tips-disaster-preparedness/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/biz-tips-disaster-preparedness/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:32:28 +0000 Allison Arbo http://wabi.tv/?p=149322

Deb Neuman was here for Biz Tips talking about September being Disaster Preparedness Month and what that means for your business.

There are some helpful resources online that you can get information of how to be prepared for a disaster at ready.gov and maine.gov/mema/prepare

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Deb Neuman was here for Biz Tips talking about September being Disaster Preparedness Month and what that means for your business.

There are some helpful resources online that you can get information of how to be prepared for a disaster at ready.gov and maine.gov/mema/prepare

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Business is Booming at Nitro Trailers in Unity http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/business-booming-nitro-trailers-unity/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/business-booming-nitro-trailers-unity/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:19:36 +0000 Erica Stapleton http://wabi.tv/?p=149316

The team at Nitro Trailers is hard at work in the shop.

“Pretty much whatever you have to haul, we can build,” says owner Chad Dow.

What is a nine person crew now started out as a two person crew in May of last year.

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The team at Nitro Trailers is hard at work in the shop.

“Pretty much whatever you have to haul, we can build,” says owner Chad Dow.

What is a nine person crew now started out as a two person crew in May of last year.

“Bringing some more jobs as we go,” foreman Travis Smith explains.  “The more we grow, the more were going to hire.”

Dow says they build about 10-12 trailers per week – but what’s more notable than the quantity is the quality.

“A lot of people look at our product and really pay attention to how well they’re built. They look at the welds and how well the trailer’s constructed and it really means a lot to people now.”

“I think our craftsmanship is second to none,” Smith adds.  “We leave no detail out, go the extra mile to do what needs to be done and make sure everything is done to the highest quality as something we’d want to bring home ourselves.”

After trailers are completed, they’re sent to dealerships. Nitro Trailers works with 14 dealerships throughout the northeastern U.S. and Canada.

“When they go to buy something, they’re going to buy something that lasts and we feel that our product will last a lifetime really.”

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NRCC Chairman Supports Poliquin in Bangor http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/nrcc-chairman-supports-poliquin-bangor/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/nrcc-chairman-supports-poliquin-bangor/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:07:28 +0000 Erica Stapleton http://wabi.tv/?p=149303

Greg Walden, Oregon Congressman and Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, was in Bangor Tuesday to show his support for Bruce Poliquin.

The race for the open congressional seat in Maine has caught the eye of those in Washington.

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Greg Walden, Oregon Congressman and Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, was in Bangor Tuesday to show his support for Bruce Poliquin.

The race for the open congressional seat in Maine has caught the eye of those in Washington.

“If I were Maine, I’d want a strong Republican leader,” Walden says.  “House is going to be Republican, you’re going to want somebody in the majority in the house so you have a bigger say in what happens down in Washington, so we can get America back on the right track, so we can create middle class jobs again and so that we get balanced and I think Bruce brings all that to the table.”

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Results of Bangor Waterfront Sound Study Released http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/results-bangor-waterfront-sound-study-released/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/results-bangor-waterfront-sound-study-released/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:54:44 +0000 Caitlin Burchill http://wabi.tv/?p=149304

Bangor city councilors are sharing the results of a waterfront sound study.

It’s been in the works since May.

The city hired a company to monitor the sound at concerts over the summer.

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Bangor city councilors are sharing the results of a waterfront sound study.

It’s been in the works since May.

The city hired a company to monitor the sound at concerts over the summer.

Now the final draft of the report is available. It includes recommendations.

City councilors will discuss the findings over the off-season.

“There’ll be certain things that are just not feasible. We’re not going to spend $5 million to put up a wall to block the sound. It’s just too expensive. It’s not feasible. Other recommendations, taking a look at the curfew times, things like that. We’re not going to make dramatic changes. I think for the most part people understand that the concerts have been successful here and we want that to continue. We can make some tweaks here and there and work with Waterfront Concerts and all the other groups that use the waterfront as well,” said Ben Sprague, Chairman of Bangor’s City Council .

Another recommendation, to potentially limit the duration of loud sounds or cap sound levels.

The study says only two shows surveyed, the Rise Above Fest and the Brad Paisley concert, went above those suggested levels.

To read the full report, click here.

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Gov. LePage Vows To Step Up State’s Efforts To Combat Domestic Violence http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/gov-lepage-vows-step-states-efforts-combat-domestic-violence/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/gov-lepage-vows-step-states-efforts-combat-domestic-violence/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:20:57 +0000 Rob Poindexter http://wabi.tv/?p=149289

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Tuesday, Governor LePage vowed to step up the state’s prevention efforts.

According to the Department of Public Safety, 7 out of 10 homicides committed in Maine this year have been domestic violence related. Governor LePage says while the legislature has passed new, tougher laws aimed at putting an end to domestic violence, there’s still more work to do.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Tuesday, Governor LePage vowed to step up the state’s prevention efforts.

According to the Department of Public Safety, 7 out of 10 homicides committed in Maine this year have been domestic violence related. Governor LePage says while the legislature has passed new, tougher laws aimed at putting an end to domestic violence, there’s still more work to do.

The governor says he wants to see mandatory sentences for domestic violence crimes and he hopes to put a stop to the practice of prosecutors offering plea bargains to domestic violence offenders.

“We’re also going to look at evidence based prosecutions,” LePage told reporters. “Because what do we really do? Someone beats his spouse. They put him in jail. They bail him out and then she’s got to go be a witness. It doesn’t stop the problem. So we have to start looking at evidence based because the victims are the ones that are put on the hot seat and that’s not working.”

Helping the cause is Subaru of New England, which donated $25,000 to the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence.

“I’m proud to do my part and again I want to ask businesses in Maine to support this initiative,” said Ernie Boch Jr., the CEO of the Subaru of New England.
“The $25,000 will be targeted toward prevention and particularly around children exposed to domestic violence and families exposed to domestic violence,” said Julie Colpitts, executive director of the coalition.

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Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting Suing Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/mainers-fair-bear-hunting-suing-department-inland-fisheries-wildlife/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/mainers-fair-bear-hunting-suing-department-inland-fisheries-wildlife/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:30:42 +0000 Rob Poindexter http://wabi.tv/?p=149279 Supporters of the referendum that would ban baiting, trapping and the use of dogs to hunt bear in Maine have filed a lawsuit against the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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Supporters of the referendum that would ban baiting, trapping and the use of dogs to hunt bear in Maine have filed a lawsuit against the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting and Katie Hansberry filed the lawsuit filed in Portland this morning. The suit alleges the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is illegally using taxpayer money to oppose Question 1.

The lawsuit is asking that the department be forced to disclose all records pertaining to “their political activities.”

“The Maine IF&W is using staff time, equipment, and agency dollars to influence a statewide election, and this should concern every Maine resident who cares about good government and the proper conduct of elections without heavy-handed intervention from state government. The agency has also been withholding public records that are likely to show an even more widespread use of agency resources in politics,” Hansberry said in a prepared statement released Tuesday.

TV5 has reached out to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for comment on this story.

 

To view the lawsuit: http://action.fairbearhunt.com/page/-/ME%20Complaint.pdf?nocdn=1

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Cooked Lobster? No, It’s Alive… http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/cooked-lobster-alive/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/cooked-lobster-alive/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:58:27 +0000 Angel Matson http://wabi.tv/?p=149271 Lobstermen aboard the Jericho III out of Stonington thought they found a cooked lobster in one of their traps…turns out it was alive.

Boat owner Perley Frazier tells us they found the crustacean last Saturday.

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Lobstermen aboard the Jericho III out of Stonington thought they found a cooked lobster in one of their traps…turns out it was alive.

Boat owner Perley Frazier tells us they found the crustacean last Saturday.

The pumpkin colored lobster was pulled from the waters of West Penobscot Bay between Stonington and Vinalhaven.

Seems unique lobsters are nothing new for Frazier…he says he’s netted calicos and a white one in the past.

The orange lobster can be yours…here’s the ebay sale: http://tinyurl.com/l7q8oem

 

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Scams Targeting Seniors Seminar http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/scams-targeting-seniors-seminar/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/scams-targeting-seniors-seminar/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:38:24 +0000 Caitlin Burchill http://wabi.tv/?p=149265

 

Scams targeting seniors is the topic of a seminar in Bangor Friday.

Chief Deputy Troy Morton with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office is the speaker.

The seminar is being hosted by Sunbury Village (922 Ohio Street, Bangor). It begins at 11am.

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Scams targeting seniors is the topic of a seminar in Bangor Friday.

Chief Deputy Troy Morton with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office is the speaker.

The seminar is being hosted by Sunbury Village (922 Ohio Street, Bangor). It begins at 11am.

Organizers say anyone is invited. They ask for folks to RSVP to (207) 262-9600.

They also advise attendees to bring any expired medication they may have. It can be deposited in a drop off box provided by the sheriff’s department.

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Ellsworth Girl Donates to Public Library http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/ellsworth-girl-donates-public-library/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/ellsworth-girl-donates-public-library/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:33:09 +0000 Erica Stapleton http://wabi.tv/?p=149262

A church in Ellsworth gave its kids five dollars to donate to any cause they chose.

“A lot of the kids at my church didn’t know where to give theirs, but I was like ‘oh, I want to give it to the library!’”

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A church in Ellsworth gave its kids five dollars to donate to any cause they chose.

“A lot of the kids at my church didn’t know where to give theirs, but I was like ‘oh, I want to give it to the library!’”

11-year-old Lilja Hanson is a regular at the Ellsworth Public Library – the librarians are eager to help her find a variety of new books to read.

“I just think it’s thrilling that young people in our community realize how important public libraries and their resources and their programming are,” explains Charlene Churchill, the library’s director.

“When she was much younger, maybe 5 or 6 years old, we asked her what do you think is the best thing about the United States of America and she said public libraries,” Lilja’s mother Casey shares.  “So she’s been a fan of the public library for a long time.”

Lilja’s love for the library could come from the dynamic of the institution itself. This library closes the book on the strict, no-talking libraries of the past.

“We’re just not like that anymore,” Churchill explains. “I suppose we’re not your grandma’s library.  They need to communicate. A lot of what we do is collaborative work like with a group of kids building something.”

Like book club – the group collaborates on different books and topics.

“Last month, we had a topic that was banned books and we had a debate on why that was good and why that was bad,” Lilja adds.

“It gives her a chance to enjoy reading as a social activity as well as just something she does on her own,” says her father, Nate.

 

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Gray, Damp & Cool Today, Gradual Improvement Wednesday & Thursday http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/gray-damp-cool-today-gradual-improvement-wednesday-thursday/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/gray-damp-cool-today-gradual-improvement-wednesday-thursday/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:30:41 +0000 Todd Simcox http://wabi.tv/?p=149206 CLICK for Weather Graphics:

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High pressure centered to our north and low pressure centered to our south will combine to keep us under the cool, damp northeast wind today. The cloudy and cool weather will continue with some patchy drizzle throughout the day. Temperatures have struggled just to get into the low 50s in many spots as of lunchtime so I’ve lowered the highs for the day with most locales only expected to reach the low to mid-50s this afternoon. Skies will remain cloudy tonight with patchy fog and drizzle and lows in the mid-40s to low 50s.

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High pressure centered to our north and low pressure centered to our south will combine to keep us under the cool, damp northeast wind today. The cloudy and cool weather will continue with some patchy drizzle throughout the day. Temperatures have struggled just to get into the low 50s in many spots as of lunchtime so I’ve lowered the highs for the day with most locales only expected to reach the low to mid-50s this afternoon. Skies will remain cloudy tonight with patchy fog and drizzle and lows in the mid-40s to low 50s.

 

A disturbance moving through the area Wednesday will give us a cloudy start to the day with some patchy drizzle and fog during the morning hours. Brighter conditions can be expected over the northern half of the state during the afternoon as high pressure noses in from the north. Temperatures will be more seasonable Wednesday with highs in the low to mid-60s. High pressure building into the area will give us some pleasant weather on Thursday and Friday. Highs on Thursday and Friday will top off in the 60s. A cold front moving in this weekend will give us a good chance for some rainfall from Saturday afternoon through Saturday night.

 

 

Rest of Today: mostly cloudy with patchy drizzle. Highs between 52°-58°. Northeast wind 5-10 MPH.

 

Tonight: mostly cloudy with patchy fog and drizzle. Lows between 44°-52°. North/northeast wind 5-10 MPH.

 

Wednesday: mostly cloudy with patchy fog and drizzle during the morning. Sunny breaks possible during the afternoon mainly over the northern half of the state. Highs between 60°-65°. North/northeast wind around 10 MPH.

 

Thursday: morning clouds giving way to brightening skies. Highs in the low to mid-60s.

 

Friday: mix of sun and clouds with highs in the 60s.

 

Saturday: becoming cloudy. Showers developing mainly during the afternoon and evening. Highs in the upper 50s to low 60s.

 

 

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Midcoast Charity Accuses Former President of Embezzlement http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/midcoast-charity-accuses-former-president-embezzlement/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/midcoast-charity-accuses-former-president-embezzlement/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:00:59 +0000 Catherine Pegram http://wabi.tv/?p=149249

A Midcoast charity group says the former president is under investigation for embezzling from the organization.

The current president of United Mid-Coast Charities, Stephen Crane, made the announcement in a letter posted on the group’s website Tuesday.

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A Midcoast charity group says the former president is under investigation for embezzling from the organization.

The current president of United Mid-Coast Charities, Stephen Crane, made the announcement in a letter posted on the group’s website Tuesday.

It says UMCC has been the victim of “substantial embezzlement of donations” by former president Russell Brace.

Crane says organization leaders are working with local banks to determine just how much money is missing.

A spokesperson says last week, the agency’s executive board discovered irregularities that led to further questioning.

No charges have been filed against Brace.

Dennis Bailey says, “They are certainly reviewing their accounting practices and procedures to make sure this doesn’t happen again. They had turned the information they know over to the authorities. The FBI, the local banks are involved and they’re going to do what they can to recover the money and begin legal proceedings to do that.”

UMCC donates money to more than 50 agencies to support children’s services, medical care, community services and education programs throughout Knox and Waldo Counties.

Crane says  the organization plans to honor its commitment to distribute $325,000 to those agencies in the coming weeks.

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Careless Disposal of Smoking Materials Cause of Fire in Columbia http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/careless-disposal-smoking-materials-cause-fire-columbia/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/careless-disposal-smoking-materials-cause-fire-columbia/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:57:38 +0000 News Desk http://wabi.tv/?p=149236

Investigators say careless disposal of smoking materials caused a fire last week that left a Columbia family homeless.

Forest rangers were called to the home on Webb District Road Friday afternoon.

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Investigators say careless disposal of smoking materials caused a fire last week that left a Columbia family homeless.

Forest rangers were called to the home on Webb District Road Friday afternoon.

According to the fire marshal’s office, the fire started in one of the bedrooms.

Nobody was hurt.

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Whitefield Motorcycle Crash Victim Has Died http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/whitefield-motorcycle-crash-victim-died/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/whitefield-motorcycle-crash-victim-died/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:09:16 +0000 News Desk http://wabi.tv/?p=149234 Authorities say the man airlifted after a motorcycle crash in Whitefield Sunday has died from his injuries.

Police say 50-year-old Kenneth Black of Gardiner lost control of his motorcycle as he attempted to avoid a deer that had been struck by another vehicle.

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Authorities say the man airlifted after a motorcycle crash in Whitefield Sunday has died from his injuries.

Police say 50-year-old Kenneth Black of Gardiner lost control of his motorcycle as he attempted to avoid a deer that had been struck by another vehicle.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Portland Seeks State Reimbursement For Aid http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/portland-seeks-state-reimbursement-aid/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/portland-seeks-state-reimbursement-aid/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:32:08 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=149224 PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland is seeking more than $45,000 in state reimbursement for welfare benefits provided to immigrants who cannot prove they are in the U.S. legally, potentially setting up a showdown with the administration of Gov. Paul LePage.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland is seeking more than $45,000 in state reimbursement for welfare benefits provided to immigrants who cannot prove they are in the U.S. legally, potentially setting up a showdown with the administration of Gov. Paul LePage.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the city also filed a separate $307,000 General Assistance request to cover recipients whose eligibility is not in dispute.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services in June prohibited cities from providing general assistance benefits to immigrants who can’t prove they’re legal U.S. residents. The administration has threatened to withhold all general assistance reimbursements to communities that continue to use state money to cover those immigrants.

Attorney General Janet Mills called the move unconstitutional.

Portland has challenged the directive in court.

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Pet of the Week: Gloria http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/pet-week-gloria/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/pet-week-gloria/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:14:47 +0000 Neal Timoney http://wabi.tv/?p=149221

 

Kristin Harmon was in the studio Tuesday, showing off our Pet of the Week. Wayne was introduced to Gloria, a 10 year-old bulldog mix. She has already been spayed and has the potential to be good with kids and dogs; however, Kristin pointed out that she has been doing better with dogs her own size or larger, meaning houses with smaller dogs or cats could be a bad combination.

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Kristin Harmon was in the studio Tuesday, showing off our Pet of the Week. Wayne was introduced to Gloria, a 10 year-old bulldog mix. She has already been spayed and has the potential to be good with kids and dogs; however, Kristin pointed out that she has been doing better with dogs her own size or larger, meaning houses with smaller dogs or cats could be a bad combination.

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Will you watch any of the Gubernatorial debates? http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/will-watch-gubernatorial-debates/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/will-watch-gubernatorial-debates/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:51:53 +0000 Neal Timoney http://wabi.tv/?p=149215 No       62% (302 Votes)

Yes       38% (187 Votes)

 

Total: 489 Votes

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No       62% (302 Votes)

Yes       38% (187 Votes)

 

Total: 489 Votes

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3rd Company Looks To Expand Gas Pipeline In Maine http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/3rd-company-looks-expand-gas-pipeline-maine/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/3rd-company-looks-expand-gas-pipeline-maine/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:50:40 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=149204 AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Another major energy company has made a proposal to the Maine Public Utilities Commission to expand natural gas pipeline capacity in the state.

Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp. filed a plan Monday in which the state could contract to secure specific supplies of lower-cost natural gas on two proposed projects.

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Another major energy company has made a proposal to the Maine Public Utilities Commission to expand natural gas pipeline capacity in the state.

Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp. filed a plan Monday in which the state could contract to secure specific supplies of lower-cost natural gas on two proposed projects.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Spectra’s filing follows a similar action by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, owners of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.

An earlier proposal was submitted by the Portland Natural Gas Transmission System.

The commission is in the midst of deciding whether Maine ratepayers should spend up to $75 million annually to secure up to 200 million cubic feet of natural gas. The added capacity would help relieve bottlenecks in New England’s undersized pipeline system in the winter.

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DEP Ruling On Chemical Won’t Be Fast http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/dep-ruling-chemical-wont-fast/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/dep-ruling-chemical-wont-fast/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:49:36 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=149198 PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho will likely take most of the allotted 120 days to rule on new regulations for a chemical used in household products.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho will likely take most of the allotted 120 days to rule on new regulations for a chemical used in household products.

A proposed change would elevate four phthalates from “high concern” to “priority chemical” status under state rules. Manufacturers would need to report the use of the chemicals in products sold in the state.

Aho has until Jan. 27 to make a ruling. A DEP spokesman says Aho will likely take all or most of that time because the issue is complex.

Phthalates are used in products like raincoats, vinyl flooring and personal care items. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some types of phthalates have affected reproductive systems in lab animals. They are sometimes called “plasticizers.”

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Senate Returns To Consider LePage Nominees http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/senate-returns-consider-lepage-nominees/ http://wabi.tv/2014/09/30/senate-returns-consider-lepage-nominees/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:48:11 +0000 The Associated Press http://wabi.tv/?p=149199 AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Democratic-led Maine Senate is coming back to Augusta to vote on more than 50 of Gov. Paul LePage’s nominees.

Among them is Susan Dench, one of the Republican governor’s nominees to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Democratic-led Maine Senate is coming back to Augusta to vote on more than 50 of Gov. Paul LePage’s nominees.

Among them is Susan Dench, one of the Republican governor’s nominees to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.

The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee voted along party lines against her nomination last week after several professors raised concerns about views she’s shared on her online blog.

The committee’s rejection of Dench was the first time the committee has voted down a governor’s pick for that board. Two-thirds of the senators must support her nomination to overturn the vote.

The Senate on Tuesday will also consider dozens of also nominees to the State Board of Education, the Efficiency Maine Trust Board, the Finance Authority of Maine, and others.

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