Alexander group fired

The Department of Health and Human Services is severing ties with the Alexander Group.

It announced today that it has ended it's contract with the organization which was hired to study medicaid expansion.

Department officials decided to end the contract when it was learned that a portion of the report presented to the state had been plagiarized.

DHHS released a statement today saying there was value contained in the content that was produced under the agreement but there were serious problems that warranted both financial penalties and an end to future work.

DHHS has issued a fine of more than $ 145 thousand dollars which is about the amount the state still owed the organization.

The total amount lost to the Alexander Group was about $474 thousand dollars.

Photographic Paintings

BANGOR - The art community in the greater Bangor area has grown significantly over the past few years. With it come some very unique artists - some doing it as their jobs, others as a hobby. As Karina Bolster shows us, there's one artist who has mastered a particular technique that makes pieces appear to be something they're not.

Legislators, Officials Want Further Study into Searsport Dredging

AUGUSTA - 14 years ago, Congress asked the Maine DOT and Army Corps of Engineers to look at ways to improve Searsport harbor.  A proposal was formed to dredge the entry to the Penobscot River to allow larger boats to navigate, but the idea of enlarging the entrance created concerns from Searsport and the Islesboro Islands Trust. Now, there may be a better alternative.

Manslaughter arrest

A Skowhegan man has been arrested on manslaughter charges.

Authorities say 37 year old Mark Bussell was intoxicated when his pickup truck crossed the center line in November.

He ended up striking an oncoming vehicle resulting in the death of 67 year old James Murphy of Starks.

An arrest warrant was issued soon after Bussell was indicted on charges of manslaughter and aggravated oui.

Bussell was arrested this week and taken to the Somerset County Jail where bail was set at $2, 500 cash.

 

Downtown Art Walk This Friday

BANGOR - Art, music, and dance will fill the heart of the Queen City Friday, as the 2nd Downtown Art walk of 2014 takes place.

Free park admission

Maine's state parks have a free gift for dads on fathers day.

All of the states parks and historical sites will be open with free admission on Sunday.

All you need is a Maine license plate and you'll be able to get into any of the 48 sites for no charge.

The only exceptions will be Baxter State Park, Scarborough Beach State Park and the Penobscot Narrows Observatory.

The offer is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dacf

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