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Verso Paper millworkers leave the mill one last time Wednesday in Bucksport.

Bucksport residents, workers mark final shift at closing paper mill

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 17, 2014, at 7:44 p.m.
Some came out with grim faces while others smiled and stopped to shake hands and chat with friends about days gone by. But all millworkers who filed out of the Verso Paper mill Wednesday got applause from a crowd of more than 100 people who gathered at …

Pedestrian hit by car in Glenburn dies

By Brian Feulner on Dec. 17, 2014, at 7:05 p.m.
Lt. Sean Hashey with the Maine State Police talks about a fatal accident in Glenburn that left a woman in her mid-30s dead after being struck by a sedan driven by a male on Pushaw Road.

Maine advocates for ending Cuban trade embargo praise diplomatic breakthrough

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 17, 2014, at 6:03 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | It was 2006 and the Brunswick-Trinidad Sister City Association had days of unforgettable events arranged, advertised and ready to roll. But as the organization’s members have come to expect, international politics scuttled the plan. The association and other organizations had planned for famed Cuban painter Elio Vilva …

Mercy credits EMHS merger with financial turnaround in 2014

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 17, 2014, at 5:20 p.m.
PORTLAND | Portland-based Mercy Health System announced Wednesday it finished with a net financial gain during its first year as a part of Brewer-based Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, reversing two years of losses before the affiliation. For the hospital system’s fiscal year, which ended in September, Mercy recorded $3.4 …

New officers set to graduate from Criminal Justice Academy

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 17, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
VASSALBORO | A throng of prospective police officers will officially earn their badges on Friday, as the Maine Criminal Justice Academy will hold commencement ceremonies. Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said 56 new officers will graduate at the 10 a.m. ceremony. The new officers have spent 18 …

Maine State Police seek approval to implement OUI test for marijuana

By Scott Thistle on Dec. 17, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine State Police will be asking lawmakers to make it legal for police to test drivers who may be impaired when using marijuana. A bill from the Department of Public Safety is seeking to establish a limit for legally operating a motor vehicle under the influence …

Proposal would shield 911 call recordings to protect domestic, sexual assault victims

By Scott Thistle on Dec. 17, 2014, at 12:23 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The state’s Department of Public Safety is hoping lawmakers will make changes to Maine’s public information law that would allow them to shield 911 call information about victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. A bill being proposed by the department — which has not been released …

Maine Supreme Court upholds $750K award to victim of bicycle accident

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 17, 2014, at 12:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday upheld a $750,000 award to the victim of a 2010 bicycle accident and in the process clarified motorists in Maine are liable for cyclists’ safety. Monica Semian, a Romanian exchange student, was living and working in Ogunquit during the summer …
Bob Montgomery-Rice, new president of Bangor Savings Bank.

Bangor Savings Bank names new president, confirms CEO transition plan

on Dec. 17, 2014, at 11:53 a.m.
The Bangor Savings Bank board of directors has appointed Bob Montgomery-Rice to serve as president effective Jan. 1, and he will become chief executive officer and director of the financial institution effective April 1, 2015. Current president Jim Conlon will remain the bank’s CEO until April 1, …
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Artist imagines Bangor in the future — both optimistic and post-apocalyptic

on Dec. 17, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
Artist Jadrien Cousens likes to take a real place — be it a mountainous landscape out west, a serene neighborhood park, or the streets of downtown Bangor — and transform it into something completely different. Cousens, a 2009 Hampden Academy graduate and 2013 studio art graduate of the University of …

30,737 hours: What people give to end violence in Maine

By Erin Rhoda on Dec. 17, 2014, at 7:29 a.m.
Domestic violence resource agencies in Maine would not exist in their current forms today without the time donated by volunteers.
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Outgoing Bowdoin College president stars in holiday video

on Dec. 17, 2014, at 7:28 a.m.
It’s been a festive month for outgoing Bowdoin College President Barry Mills, highlighted by a one-minute video featuring Mills and his wife, former Small Business Administration director Karen Mills, wishing the campus community “Happy Holidays.” In the lighthearted, one-minute spot, the Mills add the finishing touches to a giant snowball that …
Aaron is a volunteer at Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance.

‘I just felt I should do something’: Mainers come together to help abuse victims

on Dec. 17, 2014, at 6 a.m.
Learn what they did — and how you can help, too.
Wilson Hess, president of the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

UMFK president stripped of honorific title by Pacific island school

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 17, 2014, at 5:32 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The College of the Marshall Islands has stripped Wilson Hess, president of the University of Maine at Fort Kent, of the honorific title president emeritus amid allegations he mismanaged college endowment funds while leading an independent nonprofit group dedicated to the college’s support. The 10-member board of …

Maine Municipal Association claims legal victory over conservative challenge to its work against tax cap votes

By Staff Report, Sun Journal on Dec. 16, 2014, at 7:03 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Municipal Association was claiming legal victory Tuesday after a superior court justice ruled in the association’s favor following a lawsuit by the conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center in 2010. An 18-page ruling issued in Kennebec County Superior Court seems to have closed the door on …
Sportscaster Rich Kimball is moving his afternoon radio show from Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket to WZON 620 AM in Bangor on Jan. 5.

‘The Drive’ set to compete against ‘Downtown’ in eastern Maine sports radio lineup in 2015

By Pete Warner on Dec. 16, 2014, at 5:37 p.m.
BANGOR | Beginning in January, there will be a new player in the eastern Maine sports radio lineup. WEZQ, Sports Radio 92.9 FM “The Ticket,” and SportsNet Maine have teamed up for a new afternoon show called “The Drive.” The live program will air 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays. …
Trista Reynolds breaks into tears while talking about her missing daughter, Ayla, in September 2013. Trista is still hoping for answers in her daughter's disappearance three years later.

Ayla Reynolds’ mother still seeking answers three years after toddler disappeared

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 16, 2014, at 5:13 p.m.
PORTLAND | Wednesday marks the three-year anniversary of the disappearance of toddler Ayla Reynolds, and the girl’s mother said she’s still seeking answers and clinging to hope for some kind of resolution. Trista Reynolds told Portland television station WGME, CBS 13, she plans to light a candle and release …
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MMA claims legal victory in Maine Heritage Policy Center lawsuit

on Dec. 16, 2014, at 5:01 p.m.
PORTLAND – Maine Municipal Association claimed legal victory Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by Maine Heritage Policy Center citing First Amendment violations in citizen-initiative campaigns. Justice Michaela Murphy issued an 18-page ruling Monday in Maine Superior Court. With the court’s ruling, all aspects of a 2010 lawsuit filed by plaintiffs who …
Cory Darveau and his wife, Christina, of Bucksport lost their daughter Taylor Darveau in a car accident on Oct. 3, 2013.  The Darveaus came up with the idea of T.A.Y.L.O.R. tags that they hope would be placed on vehicles that are used by young drivers with intermediate driver's license. T.A.Y.L.O.R. stands for Thinking About Your Life On the Road.

Proposed ‘Taylor’s Law’ would mandate decals on newly licensed Maine drivers’ vehicles

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 16, 2014, at 3:55 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Two state senators have answered a grieving family’s call for additional restrictions on newly licensed Maine drivers to prevent them from transporting passengers who aren’t family members. Taylor Darveau, 15, died in an October 2013 crash when she was riding in a car driven by a 16-year-old …

Maine to implement mandatory online medical marijuana patient certification

on Dec. 16, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services announced Tuesday that it will soon require medical professionals who certify patients for the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program to complete the process using an online registration tool. The new process will go into effect on Jan. 5, …
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