The Push to Legalize Pot - Part Two

AUGUSTA - A major reason some want to legalize recreational marijuana is to tax it, but others claim the financial gain isn't worth it.

Update: Cause of John Bapst Fire

Bangor Fire Department and State Fire Marshall have determined blaze at John Bapst Memorial High School started by crews trying to thaw ice on side of the building with a large blow torch.

EMMC Seminar to Address Men's Health Concerns

EMMC's men's health experts are holding a free seminar that is open to the public on Tuesday, March 10 in Bangor.


"We will cover a wide range of men's health topics, including prostate issues like benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) that can cause incontinence and other problems," says William Sturrock, MD, a men's health consultant at EMMC Urologic Surgery of Maine. "we will discuss the use of testosterone, how health problems can affect intimacy, and more. Ultimately, we want to help men understand the nonsurgical and surgical treatment options that are out there and to know that there are solutions to their problems."


Both men and women are invited to the seminar, which will begin at 5:30 pm at the Spectacular Event Center on Griffin Road in Bangor.


Dinner and a presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. Registration is required by visiting or by calling 947-0469

Stolen UMaine data

A potential security breach involving the University of Maine.
A laptop computer and memory card used by UMaine faculty members was stolen  from a checked bag earlier this month during a flight from Seattle to Washington. The device contained personal information about 941 students who were enrolled in physics courses since 1999. That includes social security numbers, phone numbers and other information for more than 600 of those students. UMaine says authorities have been notified about the computer and there's no indication that any of that information has been used since the theft. The 604 students whose records included the social security numbers will be offered free identity theft protection for one year.

Susan Collins to Receive Fitzgerald Award

Senator Susan Collins will be recognized at the annual Fitzgerald dinner of Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence for her support of federal background check legislation in 2013. "Senator Collins represents the integrity and independence that has distinguished Maine leaders from Margaret Chase Smith to Angus King" said Tom Franklin.


"As one of only four Republicans to support the Manchin-Toomey background check bill she again put the safety and well-being of Maine citizens ahead of national special interest groups that oppose sensible gun laws" he added.


The Manchin-Toomey bill was defeated by a highly partisan vote in the Senate. A similar bill passed by the Maine legislature in 2012 was vetoed. Both bills would have required background checks for most gun sales in order to more thoroughly enforce current federal law that prohibits gun sales to convicted felons, domestic abusers and the mentally ill.


The Fitzgerald Dinner is February 20, 6pm, at the Portland Company complex, and is open to the public; tickets may be purchased at or 207-780-0501. The Fitzgerald Award honors "Buzz" Fitzgerald, former CEO of Bath Ironworks and a founder of MCAHV in 1999.

Serious Fire At John Bapst High School

Bangor Fire Department is on scene at John Bapst High School on Broadway in Bangor. They are finding many obstacles at this time including ice on the roof and steam from the boilers.


Bangor stations are being covered by surrounding communities.


Please avoid Broadway from State St to Cumberland.


We will be reporting live from the scene so please tune into ABC 7.

Serious Fire At John Bapst High School

BANGOR - Bangor firefighters are on the scene of a serious fire at John Bapst Memorial High School. We'll be going live from the scene shortly.


Senator Angus King toured a Westbrook-based microgrid power electronics manufacturer Tuesday.

Pika Energy employs 11 people and is a leader in developing clean, renewable energy technologies.

"Innovative companies like Pika Energy continue to lead the way in developing renewable technologies that will not only help drive down the price of energy for people across Maine, but will also put people to work," King said.

King said the federal government should play a supporting role in such companies by continuing to invest in the research and development of those technologies.

Pika Energy designs and manufactures power electronic products that use clean energy to provide secure power and energy savings for residential and commercial customers.





BREAKING: Crews Battling Fire in Surry

SURRY - Several fire departments are battling a fire in Surry tonight. The call came in shortly before 8pm for a fire at a home on Cross Road.

Hancock County dispatchers tell us crews from Surry, Blue Hill, Sedgewick, Penobscot and Ellsworth are all on scene.


No injuries have been reported. We'll have more information as it becomes available.

Community Stunned at Damage to Baring Gift Shop

BARING - A popular gift shop in baring is destroyed following a devastating fire Monday night. It's a store that was set to reopen in one month leaving the community stunned.

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