Kelly Pierce of Bradenton, Fla., has struggled for years to kick his addiction to prescription opioids. Since 2009, he has been enrolled in treatment at Operation PAR, a Bradenton methadone clinic where he also works, near his home.

U.S. heroin deaths surpassed gun homicides for the first time in 2015

By Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post on Dec. 09, 2016, at 12:56 p.m.
Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history.

Christmas dinner for senior citizens and homebound on Dec. 18

on Dec. 09, 2016, at 12:17 p.m.

Windham music teacher finalist for 2017 Grammy Music Educator Award

on Dec. 09, 2016, at 12:01 p.m.

Here’s the route to follow to see the best Christmas lights in Maine

on Dec. 09, 2016, at 11:56 a.m.

Dog attack in Wiscasset sends one woman to hospital

By Abigail Adams on Dec. 09, 2016, at 11:45 a.m.
Efforts to break up an attack by two pit bull dogs on a smaller dog in Wiscasset sent an individual to the hospital for treatment of a bite.

Stonewall Kitchen issues voluntary recall on salmonella concerns

By Tony Reaves on Dec. 09, 2016, at 11:30 a.m.
York-based Stonewall Kitchen has announced a recall of three pancake and waffle mixes because of concerns of salmonella contamination in the powdered buttermilk used in those products.

Watch Portland’s police chief explain why the war on drugs is a failure

on Dec. 09, 2016, at 10:52 a.m.
“The criminal justice system as it is currently made up epitomizes the definition of crazy.”

Invasive Plant Species

By Donne Sinderson on Dec. 09, 2016, at 9:36 a.m.
Actor Judge Reinhold poses as he arrives for the taping of the Spike TV special tribute "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only" at the Saban theatre in Beverly Hills, California, Nov. 3, 2012.

Actor Judge Reinhold arrested at Dallas airport

By Reuters on Dec. 09, 2016, at 9 a.m.
Actor Judge Reinhold has been arrested at Dallas Love Field Airport after he refused to be screened at a security check point, police said.
Portland's Gulf of Maine Research Institute has designed a trawl net that aims to target species that can still be profitable while avoiding cod.

New net aims to help Maine fishermen land fewer cod

By Fred Bever, Maine Public on Dec. 09, 2016, at 8:13 a.m.
It’s the kind of innovation that has become prevalent over the last six years, as regulators have deployed a quota system that frequently changes its parameters as one species or another becomes more or less abundant.
Icicles hang from a swing in Hayford Park in Bangor, March 25, 2016.

Polar vortex redux? Forecasters say it could hit next week

By Timothy Mclaughlin, Reuters on Dec. 09, 2016, at 8:10 a.m.
Much of the northern half of the United States could see frigid weather next week similar to life-threatening cold the polar vortex brought to parts of the country in 2014.

Father killed daughter, then self in Hebron, police say

on Dec. 09, 2016, at 7:44 a.m.
Police believe a 56-year-old man shot and killed his 27-year-old daughter at their home Thursday before turning the gun on himself.
Auburn police are investigating a shooting. Two people were being treated for gunshot wounds at a nearby hospital.

Two people treated for gunshot wounds after Auburn shooting

By CBS 13 on Dec. 09, 2016, at 7:30 a.m.
Auburn police are investigating a shooting on Bowdoin Street.


on Dec. 09, 2016, at 7:28 a.m.
“Killer of Sheep”
Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., pilot of the Mercury Atlas 6 (MA-6) spaceflight, poses for a photo with the Mercury "Friendship 7" spacecraft during preflight activities at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. before Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 "Friendship 7" spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States on Feb. 20, 1962.

John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95

By Will Dunham, Reuters on Dec. 09, 2016, at 6:50 a.m.
John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century’s greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world’s oldest astronaut, and who also had a long career as a U.S. senator, died in Ohio on Thursday at age 95.

Small-scale farmers expand to wholesale with help of yearlong program

By Ashley Conti on Dec. 09, 2016, at 6:41 a.m.

Toddlers with ties to Houlton die in NYC when radiator bursts

By Laila Kearney, Reuters on Dec. 09, 2016, at 6:29 a.m.
New York City’s use of private apartment buildings to house multiple homeless families came under fire on Thursday, a day after two children living in one of the “cluster sites” were killed in a radiator accident.

Woman charged in Wal-Mart parking lot gun incident pleads no contest to assault

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 08, 2016, at 8:54 p.m.
Hugh Kirkpatrick (right), Fred Page III (from left), Russell Plourde, Tim Ouellette and Sue Sands, employees of the Caribou Utilities District, celebrate with Kirsten Hebert (second from right), Maine Rural Water Association director, after winning the association's Best Tasting Water Contest on Thursday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Caribou Utilities District takes top honors in 30th annual tap water taste-off

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 08, 2016, at 7:39 p.m.
This year’s judges were Virginia Manuel, state director of USDA Rural Development, WABI TV weatherman Todd Simcox and retired Bangor police Lt. Paul Edwards.

H.J. Crosby Community Band of Dexter Holiday Concert

By Rick Wing on Dec. 08, 2016, at 6:50 p.m.