Bangor Landlords Now Accountable for Tenants

BANGOR - In an 8 to 1 vote, with Councilor Blanchette being the lone "no" vote, The ordinance  passed Monday night and will affect all Bangor landlords, but city officials say its only a small portion who may see the repercussions of this new measure.
 
 

Remedial Rates Released by University of Maine System

MAINE - A recent study shows that fewer Maine high school graduates who are University students need remedial classes, compared to the rest of New England. However a conflicting study shows Community College students' remedial rate is high.

25th Annual Motorsports Expo

AUGUSTA - It was all about the road racers and the speed demons this weekend at the 25th Annual Northeast Motorsports Expo and Trade Show in Augusta.

Fatal Accident in Readfield Leaves One Dead

READFIELD - State authorities are now saying speed and distracted driving were large factors that led to a fatal car accident in Readfield that has left a young woman dead and another person injured.
 
It happened late Saturday afternoon when police say the 17-year-old male driver of Wayne was traveling east on Lane Road and failed to stop at the stop sign.
 
That's when his truck slammed into a tree head on, Killing passenger 20-year-old Gabriel Soucy of Mt. Vernon who died at the scene.  The driver was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with what police are describing as non-life threatening injuries. 
 
State police spokesman Steve Mcausland tells us that the weather was foggy and roads were wet at the time.  
 
State police reconstructed the crash.  Once the investigation has been completed, the file will be reviewed by the District Attorney's office.  At this time no charges have been filed.

Bridal Show Comes to Bangor

BANGOR - It's a day many wait their whole lives to celebrate, but can be the most stressful and time consuming when it comes to planning... we're talking about weddings. And we got a sneak peak inside this weekend's Bangor Bridal Show.

Gov. LePage Releases Two-Year Budget

AUGUSTA -- On the heels of ordering over $35 million in immediate spending cuts to balance the state budget, Gov. Paul LePage has unveiled another piece of the puzzle: a two-year budget proposal -- setting spending priorities.

Both the governor and Finance Commissioner Sawin Millett say the state has to make some difficult choices in this still weak economy, and the governor's $6.2 billion biennium budget does not hold back.

What promises to be very controversial: the cutting off of revenues from state income and sales taxes to cities and towns over that two-year budget period -- the Administration saying municipal governments need to learn how to take care of their finances, but also pledging to restore the funding as soon as the economy picks up.

Also in the biennium: $60 million in cuts to welfare programs and the elimination of elderly prescription drug assistance.  

Two-hundred state government positions are also on the chopping block.

Across the aisle, Democrats are already responding.

Senate President Justin Alfond (D-Portland) says suspending municipal revenue sharing would place a $400 million burden on taxpayers, and harm the middle class.  

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