Friday, 30 November 2012 10:12

DHHS Faces Massive Budget Shortfall

AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Health and Human Services faces a massive budget shortfall. Commissioner Mary Mayhew shocked lawmakers yesterday saying her department faces a $100,000,000 gap for the current fiscal year. 
Thursday, 29 November 2012 11:23

EMMC Upgrades Security

BANGOR - Eastern Maine Medical Center, is amping up security with some new upgrades in the hospital's emergency department. The hospital launched a security screening process, which includes a walk-through metal detector for patients and visitors, and an x-ray machine for backpacks, purses, and packages.
Thursday, 29 November 2012 09:08

Embezzler Gets Two-Year Prison Term

A man who embezzled more than 440-thousand dollars from two of Maine's biggest companies is going to prison for two years.
 
Matthew LaForge admitted bilking L.L.Bean in Freeport and Wright Express in South Portland while he worked at the firms as a business analyst.
Thursday, 29 November 2012 09:03

State Protests ISO New England Charges

AUGUSTA -  Officials with the Governor's Energy Office have a problem with continuing yearly rate increases that are demanded by the region's electrical grid operator.  
Ken Fletcher says the ISO wants 165-million dollars to operate the grid in 2013, an increase that represents a cost of about a million extra dollars for Maine's electric rate payers.  
AUGUSTA -  Lawmakers have approved a "Maine Public Library Fund" check-off box on the 2012 state income tax forms.  
Thursday, 29 November 2012 08:53

Augusta Pharmacy Robbery

AUGUSTA - Police are continuing their search for a man said to have robbed a CVS pharmacy Wednesday.
It is the third time this year the CVS on Capitol Street has been hit.
Thursday, 29 November 2012 08:52

Woman Leads Police On High Speed Chase

LEWISTON -  A 21-year-old Lewiston woman is in custody after leading police on a high-speed chase Tuesday night.    
Heather Kullson drove through four different towns in excess of 80-miles-an-hour in her Honda Civic.  
Thursday, 29 November 2012 08:39

Missing Scallop Guts Found

Orono -  Two tubs of missing scallop guts have been found.  
The severed parts, which represent six months of scientific research by marine biologists, were accidentally placed in the trunk of the wrong car Saturday at a Somesville convenience store. 
Thursday, 29 November 2012 08:39

Senator Rosen To Head New Department

AUGUSTA - Longtime Maine lawmaker Richard Rosen will head up the new Governor's Office of Policy and Management.
Governor Paul LePage announced the Bucksport senator's appointment yesterday.
Thursday, 29 November 2012 08:32

Maine Revenues Worse, Cuts Likely

Maine's revenue picture is worse than state officials thought, and that could lead to spending cuts.
 
The state reveneue forecasting committee issued a revised estimate yesterday, showing that the revenue shortfall is likely to be 35-and-a-half-million dollars for the current fiscal year.
 
Just last month the committee forecast a 26-million dollar shortfall.  
 
Governor Paul LePage is considering ordering state agencies to cut spending, in light of the new figures.
Thursday, 29 November 2012 08:29

Judge Rules For LePage In Labor Mural Flap

Boston -  A federal appeals court says Governor Paul LePage was within his rights to remove a labor history mural from a state office building.  
 
LePage last year took the mural down and hid it, saying it was politically biased toward organized labor.  
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 18:08

Efficiency Maine

A new program in the state is helping Mainer's make their homes more energy efficient. Oone of those is right here in Bangor, and the renovation is just about complete.
 
The foundation of this 1911 home survived  the Great Bangor Fire, and today marked another accomplishment for this century old basement. 
 
After taking part in the multi-family efficiency program through efficiency Maine by the time the weather drops below freezing, this home will be saving nearly 33 percent in energy costs.
 
Throughout the basement, construction crews applied  foam insulation to the walls.  Every square foot will save 1 gallon of heating oil, but it doesn't stop there.  Every foot of insulation around these pipes will save another gallon on top of that.
 
The multifamily efficiency program aims to complete nearly 18-hundred retrofit projects by september of 2013.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 18:05

Saint Joseph's Hospital Awards Dedicated Workers

Saint Joseph's hospital here in Bangor is giving its highest of honors to 3 employees and one volunteer.
 
Its called the Mother Mary Angela Service Award and is given to a clinical employee, a non clinical employee, one volunteer, and a member of the medical staff. 
 
Hospital officials say all the award recipients displayed exemplary dedication and service, practicing the caring mission of Mother Angela every day.
 
Over 100 people were nominated for the award this year alone.