Tuesday, 08 January 2013 18:08

Maine's Annual Agriculture Fair Underway

AUGUSTA - Maine's annual Agriculture Fair is currently under way in Augusta with all the new gadgets and equipment for farmers to get their hands on. 
Bangor - It was 15 years ago, today, that the Queen City and surrounding towns were struck by a rainy drizzle, which froze, creating the largest power outage in the state's history.  Erin Thomas spoke with a few Bangor residents who recall the "Ice Storm of '98."
Augusta - The American Cancer Society says the number of people seeking cancer screenings has dropped significantly over the last decade, and they're concerned.
Augusta - Repairs for a section of roads in Augusta are estimated to be in the millions of dollars, and one government organization will be seeking bids for the project tomorrow.
Augusta - Among the cuts spelled out in a $35.5-million budget order by Governor Paul LePage are $2.5-million in reductions to the University of Maine System. 
Following the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut over 300 college presidents, including several from Maine, have signed a letter urging congressional leaders to enact new laws restricting the purchase of certain types of guns.
 
The letter, organized by officials from two Georgia colleges, urges congress to ban high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic assault weapons, in addition to requiring background checks of anyone buying firearms at gun shows.  Presidents of ten Maine schools signed the letter, including Clayton Spencer of Bates College, Ronald Cantor of Southern Maine Community College and Robert Clark of Husson University. 
 
Moving forward, Clark says topics like second amendment rights and mental health must be considered when dealing with issues relating to gun safety.
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 08:30

Serious Flu Outbreak In Maine

Maine is in the middle of a bad flu season.

A new study of America's sexual health finds Maine in sixth-place nationally based on such measures as wellness, human rights and sexual expression.

Tuesday, 08 January 2013 08:25

Double Murder Trial Underway

PORTLAND - A double murder trial is underway in Portland.

Tuesday, 08 January 2013 08:20

James Cameron In Court Today

PORTLAND - A former drug prosecutor convicted of downloading child porn will make an appearance in a Portland courtroom today.

Over 300 college presidents, including several from Maine, have signed a letter urging congressional leaders to enact new laws restricting the purchase of certain types of guns.
BANGOR - The City of Bangor may soon be cracking down on landlords, holding them more responsible for their tenants. This, as one city councilor says enough is enough, now in search of a way to prevent problematic tenants from renting in the queen city.
 
It's all part of a draft city ordinance supported by councilor Ben Sprague who believes it's high time to do something about the crime we see in certain Bangor neighborhoods, starting with the people who live in them.
 
Sprague says there are some landlords who have shown some opposition to this plan, but he believes it wouldn't effect most of them.
 
The main problem he sees is when a landlord leases to a tenant who is likely involved with drugs or other crimes to some fashion.  Sprague hopes this ordinance will hold landlords accountable for leasing to someone they never should have in the first place; hit with penalties if their tenant acts.
 
This ordinance would also create a database that will help landlords know when their tenants don't follow the rules.
 
The ordinance will be brought forth to a vote as early as Monday.  Sprague says he is optimistic about this plan and believes it is a step in the right direction.
 
 
Monday, 07 January 2013 21:00

SUV Collides with School Bus in Dixmont

DIXMONT - A group of students in Dixmont are safe tonight after the school bus they were on this afternoon was hit by an SUV on western avenue.  Two people were taken to the hospital, though.  They were in that SUV.
 
There were 13 children on the bus at the time. Police say the driver had just stopped to drop children off at a home when the accident occurred.
 
The wreck backed up traffic for quite some time.  Authorities say the bright sun played a major role in this accident, blinding the SUV's driver, who could not see that the bus had come to a stop.  At this time it's unclear whether the bus's red lights had been flashing.