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Maine DHHS reverses plan to cut funds for mental health, substance abuse services

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 12, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Health and Human Services no longer plans to cut money from mental health and substance abuse agencies. However, questions remain about the funding mistake that prompted the warning of cuts and whether money needs to be made up somewhere else. DHHS notified mental …
Information packets for Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment are seen as police in Maine undergo training in anticipation of new standards for determining bail for those charged with domestic violence crimes Tuesday at the Maine State Police barracks on Maine Avenue in Bangor.

Bail or jail? New test helps Maine police predict repeat domestic violence offenses

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 12, 2014, at 3:13 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Maine law enforcement officers are getting a new tool that will help them and others in the justice system determine whether people charged with domestic violence offenses should be eligible for bail or remain in jail. Beginning Jan. 1, all law enforcement personnel in Maine — from …
Aurora is captured in this photo taken from the International Space Station and posted by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst to social media on August 29, 2014. Crewmembers on the space station photograph the Earth from their unique point of view located 200 miles above the surface.

Solar storms highlight need to keep eye on the sky, says retired space weather scientist

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 12, 2014, at 12:49 p.m.
STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine — Two big solar storms aimed at Earth this week have served to highlight just why a retired space weather scientist living in the midcoast area still keeps his eyes on the skies. Dr. Lee Snyder was part of the U.S. Air Force’s first space weather program …
Austin Theriault, NASCAR driver and Fort Kent native, will drive this car promoting the state of Maine and several of its private companies in a nationally televised race on Sept. 20.

LePage, Theriault unveil Maine-branded NASCAR ride

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 12, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Alongside logos for nationally known brands like Hertz Rent-a-Car and Toyota, emblems for the state of Maine and several of its local companies will be seen zipping around a Kentucky racetrack this month at 185 mph. NASCAR driver Austin Theriault on Friday morning unveiled a Maine-branded car …
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The Frye Mountain Heritage Tour for 2014 will occur on Sept. 28. Get your reservations in!

Annual Frye Mountain Heritage Tour on Sept. 28

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 12, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
MONTVILLE, Maine – For the sixth year, thanks to the generosity of local horse teamsters and the hard work of members and friends, the Montville Historical Society is offering horse-drawn wagon tours of the abandoned settlement on Frye Mountain. The tours are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28. Each ride aboard …
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Bangor I-95 Union Street bridge overnight work schedule

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 12, 2014, at 10:39 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Maine Department of Transportation crews will be working on Interstate 95 during the overnight hours on the Union Street Bridge project in Bangor. This work involves lane closures on I-95 to allow for construction to take place safely between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. The current schedule for the week …
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Bangor has youngest population in Maine… but Maine has oldest overall population nationally.

on Sept. 12, 2014, at 9:37 a.m.
From the “conflicting statistics” files, here comes a doozy of a trend, as analyzed by the website Business Insider. According to a post that went up today that looked at which municipalities in each state had the youngest overall population, it appears Bangor has the youngest population of any city …

LePage objects to format of Portland energy forum, drops out

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 12, 2014, at 9:07 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — An energy forum billed as the first time Maine’s three candidates for governor would speak in the same place did not come off as planned. Republican Gov. Paul LePage abruptly declined to participate in Friday morning’s forum about policy on home heating, energy and the environment. His …
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Guiding Eyes for the Blind seeks people to raise puppies

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 12, 2014, at 8:37 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Iris Network, 189 Park Ave., Portland STATEWIDE, Maine — The Maine Region of Guiding Eyes for the Blind is looking for people in the greater Portland and Augusta areas to take its pups into their hearts and homes for 14-16 months, …
Chris Orestis started Life Care Funding in 2007. The company buys life insurance policies at a discount, taking over premiums and later collecting the death benefit.

Former insurance lobbyist teaches seniors how to avoid Medicaid for end-of-life care

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 12, 2014, at 8:17 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Chris Orestis has attracted millions in investment to Life Care Funding, the company he started in 2007, but the veteran insurance industry lobbyist is counting on old skills to grow the still-young venture nationally. State legislators are the next battleground for the company, which buys life insurance …

Live coverage: Michaud and Cutler share energy, environmental policies; LePage refuses to participate

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 12, 2014, at 7:45 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s three gubernatorial candidates were slated to share the same stage for the first time during a Portland forum Friday morning, presenting their policy platforms on energy, the environment and Maine’s heating policy and programs. The forum is not a debate, but will give each candidate 30 …
Brittany King holds a ruffed grouse before it's measured, tagged and fitted with a radio collar on Wednesday at the midcoast Maine survey site.

State, UMaine biologists embark on ambitious grouse research project

By John Holyoke on Sept. 11, 2014, at 7:13 p.m.
MIDCOAST — At a semi-secret site deep in the woods, wildlife biologist Kelsey Sullivan spent Wednesday evening helping to gather data he expects will eventually provide the first clear picture of the life, death and breeding habits of one of state’s iconic game birds, the ruffed grouse. The Maine Department …
FairPoint workers and their supporters gathered Thursday near the intersection of Main and Railroad streets for a rally and informational picket. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Communications Workers of America unions is fighting for a new contract for about 2,000 of its members in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Members of the union have authorized a strike, while company officials said they have hired replacement workers and made other arrangements if a strike is called.

FairPoint workers rally in Bangor against ‘Wall Street Greed’

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 11, 2014, at 7:05 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — FairPoint workers and their supporters gathered Thursday near the intersection of Main and Railroad streets for a rally and informational picket they say was meant to send a message to Wall Street: “Stop putting profits above working families!” In a news release they issued on Thursday, FairPoint …

Sen. Susan Collins among 16 senators seeking ‘zero-tolerance’ policy against domestic violence for NFL

By The Sports Xchange on Sept. 11, 2014, at 6:54 p.m.
Sixteen female senators, including Maine’s Susan Collins, on Thursday sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell requesting that the NFL adopt a zero-tolerance policy against domestic violence. The letter is a response to Goodell and the NFL suspending former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice indefinitely because of a …
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler speaks with the media after a campaign stop at a Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.

Cutler defends Gratwick over ‘brain guy’ gaffe, decries use of out-of-context statements in campaigns

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 11, 2014, at 5:40 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler said Thursday he “feels badly” for state Rep. Geoffrey Gratwick, D-Bangor, whose conversation with a constituent was secretly recorded and released by the Republican Party earlier this week. Saying Gratwick was “a good guy caught in a bad system,” Cutler said he …
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Wildlife activists say new lynx protections fall short

By Daniel Wallis, Reuters on Sept. 11, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.
DENVER — The federal government will extend protections to all imperiled Canada lynx in the lower 48 U.S. states, but wildlife advocates said Thursday it was ignoring important parts of the rare cats’ range and they vowed to challenge the move in court. Thickly furred lynx roam through high country …
A man walks past a RadioShack retail store on Market Street in San Francisco, California in this file photo taken April 28, 2008.  RadioShack is reportedly planning to close around 500 stores in the coming months, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Pulling the plug: RadioShack says it may file for bankruptcy

By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times on Sept. 11, 2014, at 4:21 p.m.
Facing falling sales and accelerating losses, electronics retailer RadioShack Corp. warned it may file for bankruptcy. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Fort Worth, Texas, company said Thursday it may need to file for Chapter 11 if other efforts, such as a recapitalization or a sale, …
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Vital Connections fall forum on Sept. 26

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 11, 2014, at 11:18 a.m.
BATH, Maine — The fall Forum of the Vital Connections network will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the UCC Church, 150 Congress St. There will be a potluck supper at 6 p.m., followed by a panel discussion beginning at 6:30 p.m. The topic under discussion will be “Ending Homelessness in Bath: A Home for …
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Cumberland Center ranked as the most affluent place in Maine

on Sept. 11, 2014, at 10:40 a.m.
According to survey and census research released by the publication Business Insider, Cumberland Center — an approximately four-square-mile section of the town of Cumberland — is the most affluent community in Maine. This 2,500-person census-designated place [CDP] boasts a median household income of $101,375, the highest such figure in the …

9/11 Memorial service in Auburn today

By CBS 13 staff, on Sept. 11, 2014, at 7:47 a.m.
AUBURN, Maine — Governor Paul LePage will speak at a memorial service in Auburn to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Thursday marks 13 years since the attacks in New York City, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania. A steel piece of the rubble from the Twin Towers is part …
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