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Posted Nov. 17, 2010, at 11:35 a.m.

Nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, preparing for a scheduled strike next Monday and a threatened lockout over the weekend, are drawing the support of other organized labor groups. A solidarity demonstration was held today in Bangor. Representatives of the nurses union are scheduled to meet with members of Gov. John Baldacci’s staff and EMMC management will hold a press conference to offer its views on the situation. Reporter: Meg Haskell

American Folk Festival organizers will update the Bangor city council tonight on the 2010 festival and make the first payment to address the organization’s debts to the city. Reporter: Eric Russell

A citizens’ group is planning to submit a petition today to put any plans for a new Bangor arena out to a referendum vote. This move comes just one day before the city council will learn how much a proposed facility would cost. Reporter: Eric Russell

The University of Maine Faculty Senate will hold a hearing at noon today on the University’s proposal to suspend its Bachelor of Arts in Public Management degree and its Master of Public Administration degree. Suspension is an initial step toward eliminating both programs along with the Department of Public Administration. Reporter: Judy Harrison

In Lifestyle, we preview the final Bangor Art Walk of the year, which will be the largest yet in terms of artists participating. It’s scheduled for Friday, Nov. 19. Reporter: Aislinn Sarnacki

In Sports, we look ahead to the upcoming state championship high school football games Saturday in Portland.

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