Police Auction Abandoned Bicycles

BANGOR - If you were in the need for a new bike this spring, perhaps you found one at the Bangor Police Department's annual auction today.

Weekend Commencements

BANGOR - Graduates of local colleges will be walking, Saturday, for their respective commencement ceremonies.

Backyard Gardener Part 1: Plotting Land and Testing Your Soil

BANGOR - Growing a successful garden takes a lot of hard work, but the rewards are great.  We decided to grow our own here at the studio as a way to teach our viewers how to raise a garden of their own, and to generate some food for our hungry neighbors. Our Erin Thomas has more.

Bill Would Expand School Choice

Augusta - The governor is promoting a bill that would lift the cap on charter schools and expand school choice.  It would help low-income kids transfer out of underperforming schools, and allow public funding to be used for parochial school tuition.  Teachers unions are against the ideas, saying they undermine public education. 

Food Stamp Junk Food Bill Falters

Augusta - A bill that would ban the use of food stamps to buy junk food has been rejected by a legislative committee.  Despite the 8-5 vote along party lines, the matter is still advancing to the full legislature for discussion.  Governor LePage says the purchase of unhealthy foods is not in keeping with the purpose of the SNAP program.

Wide Support For Workforce Bill

Augusta - Training Maine workers to fill Maine's jobs is a plan that's getting widespread support.  Leaders from business and labor joined Democrats and Republicans at the State House to back a bill that would make a number of investments in job training.  The measure would expand training at community colleges, offer more educational programs in rural areas, and make it easier for students to transfer credits between community colleges and the University of Maine system.  Maine Community College System president John Fitzsimmons told the crowd in Augusta there are 50-thousand unemployed Mainers, and thousands of unfilled jobs because Maine doesn't have enough trained workers.
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