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Auction of Historic Lobster Wharf Could Change Life on This Maine Island

3 hours ago
Tranzon Auction / via Bangor Daily News

HARPSWELL, Maine — The first true sign of spring arrived Tuesday on Bailey Island, as temperatures hovered around 60 degrees and lobstermen painted buoys and repaired traps near Cook’s Lobster & Ale House, just over the historic Cribstone Bridge at the tip of Harpswell.

Despite Optimism, Jobs Still Years Away for Former Millinocket Mill Site

Apr 12, 2017
Nick Sambides Jr. / Bangor Daily News/file

MILLINOCKET, Maine — A dozen potential occupants have expressed interest in the town’s former mill site, but Our Katahdin president Sean DeWitt said the volunteer economic development group doesn’t see jobs getting generated there until about 2020.

Hackers Steal Patients’ Personal Data From Bangor Mental Health Practice

Apr 11, 2017
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

BANGOR, Maine — A local psychiatric practice is investigating the illegal hacking of patient records and possible sale of its clients’ confidential information to an anonymous bidder.

Proposed Closure of Coral Grounds in Gulf of Maine Has Lobster Industry on Edge

Apr 10, 2017
Gulf of Maine Deep Coral Science Team 2014/NURTEC-UCONN. / NOAA Fisheries

Over the past 10 years, the issue of how to protect endangered whales from getting tangled in fishing gear has been a driving factor in how lobstermen configure their gear and how much money they have to spend to comply with regulations.

Now federal officials have cited the need to protect deep-sea corals in a proposal to close some areas to fishing — a proposal that, according to lobstermen, could pose a serious threat to how they ply their trade.

Anti-Muslim Graffiti Found at USM’s Portland Campus

Apr 6, 2017
Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News/file

PORTLAND, Maine — For the second time in recent months, police at the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus are investigating anti-Muslim graffiti.

The phrase “Kill the Muslin” [sic] was found on Tuesday night written on a poster instructing people on what to do in the case of an active shooter, said USM spokesman Robert Stein. The phrase was written around an image of someone hitting a gunman with a chair beneath the header “Fight,” Stein said.

The implication of the graffiti appeared to be that a shooter would be Muslim, Stein said.

Maine DHHS Pays Consultant $315K to Rethink Child Care, But Doesn't Make Changes

Apr 5, 2017
Mal Leary / Maine Public/file

Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services has paid $315,000 over the past few years to an outside consulting firm to help the state overhaul and simplify the way it handles state-funded child care assistance for lower-income, working parents.

But the state agency isn’t acting on the consultant’s advice on simplifying how the assistance works for parents, child care providers and the multiple state offices that coordinate it all.

NFL’s Top Prize Returns to Bangor for First Time Since 2002

Apr 3, 2017
Nick Sambides Jr. / Bangor Daily News

It wasn’t quite a visit from quarterback Tom Brady, but the trophy that the New England Patriots won for their stunning come-from-behind Super Bowl victory in February was on display at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor despite being involved in a fender bender earlier Saturday.

Legislative Panel Rejects Studying Expanding Passenger Rail To Bangor

Mar 31, 2017
Bangor officials want the state to study having passenger trains like this one run to Bangor.
Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority

BANGOR, Maine — State lawmakers killed a bill Thursday to allocate $300,000 to study expanding passenger train service from Brunswick to Bangor.

Maine’s Largest Hospital System Braces For Credit Rating Downgrade

Mar 30, 2017
Bangor Daily News/file

A major credit rating agency is considering downgrading Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, concerned about the ability of the state’s largest hospital system to pay back its loans.

Maine’s New Opiate Limits Could Be Targeted in Lawsuit

Mar 29, 2017
Toby Talbot / Associated Press/file

AUGUSTA, Maine — Two midcoast men who suffer from chronic pain informed state officials on Tuesday that they intend to sue over a new law that limits opiate prescriptions in an effort to stem Maine’s addiction crisis if it isn’t changed.

How Trump’s Deep Budget Cuts Might Affect Maine Universities

Mar 28, 2017
Linda Coan O'Kresik / Bangor Daily News

ORONO, Maine — Maine’s public university system and its army of researchers are keeping a close eye on the federal budget after many federal agencies that support university research and projects were targeted for significant cuts under President Donald Trump’s preliminary budget.

“We have been studying it,” James Page, chancellor of the University of Maine System, said Monday while addressing the UMS board of trustees. “Its impact on higher ed is extraordinary.”

More Maine Schools Opt For Later Morning Starts

Mar 27, 2017
Linda Coan O'Kresik / Bangor Daily News

CAMDEN, Maine — Midcoast school districts are considering joining the ranks of others in Maine that have delayed the start of the school day, all in the name of sleep.

LePage Reverses Position on GOP Health Plan, Urges Support from King, Collins

Mar 24, 2017
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage switched his stance and came out publicly in favor of the national Republican health care plan on Thursday, but Maine’s U.S. senators doubled down on their opposition to the endangered bill after the governor asked them to back it.

LePage has lobbied for changes to the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act that have now been added to the law, but it’s still struggling amid conservative opposition and a planned Thursday vote in the U.S. House of Representatives was postponed until Friday.

Bangor Needs $63 Million to Keep Raw Sewage From Spilling Into Penobscot

Mar 23, 2017
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

Bangor’s sewer rates may soon rise to help fund nearly $63 million in projects during the next 15 years to stop raw sewage and contaminated stormwater from spilling into the Penobscot River and Kenduskeag Stream.

The first major project outlined in a city plan to meet a federal mandate under the Clean Water Act is an estimated $22 million installation of a 3.8 million gallon wastewater storage tank along the waterfront behind Tim Hortons. The work is expected to start in August and end by June 2021.

Maine Athletes Win Gold, Bronze at Special Olympics World Winter Games

Mar 22, 2017
Courtesy Special Olympics

Halfway across the world, Lucas Houk of Portland became a world champion on Monday.

Houk earned a gold medal while competing for Team USA at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games at Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria.

Houk won the Men’s 5K Cross Country Freestyle event, posting a time of 33 minutes, 2.20 seconds. His time was more than one minute faster than runner-up Wolfgang Leithner of Austria (34:15.20).