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Citing New Tariff, Jackman Lumber Mill to Add Jobs, Second Shift

4 hours ago
Bangor Daily News/file

The Dover-Foxcroft-based Pleasant River Lumber company is expanding its Jackman sawmill in anticipation of increased demand for American lumber amid the U.S. government’s plans to levy tariffs on Canadian softwood.

Doctors at Togus Strive to Reduce Opiate Use by State Deadline

Apr 25, 2017
Terry Ross / Flickr/Creative Commons

Doctors at the federal veterans hospital in Augusta will face penalties if they don’t meet a July 1 deadline to wean patients down to a lower levels of prescription opioid medication, the state says.

Former Prosecutor Under Fire in Sanborn Case Says She Intends to Testify

Apr 21, 2017
Bangor Daily News/file

PORTLAND, Maine — The lawyer who prosecuted Anthony Sanborn said Thursday that a Portland court rushed to judgment last week in granting bail after a key witness recanted the testimony that was pivotal to convicting him of the 1989 murder of a 16-year-old girl.

CDC: Maine Has Nation's Highest Rate of Asbestos Deaths

Apr 20, 2017
U.S. Geological Survey

Cancer linked to asbestos is killing residents in Maine at the highest rate in the country, decades after the implementation of federal regulations to limit exposure, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Inhaling or swallowing asbestos fibers can cause malignant mesothelioma, an aggressive and deadly cancer that most often develops in the tissue surrounding the lungs.

The disease is difficult to treat, and is often advanced by the time symptoms appear.

Protesters Heckle LePage at Town Hall Event in Portland

Apr 19, 2017
Jake Bleiberg / Bangor Daily News

PORTLAND, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage calmly weathered a torrent of disruptions during a student-organized town hall at the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus Tuesday evening.

LePage was interrupted repeatedly during the hourlong event by chants of “black lives matter” from roughly 25 protesters, some of whom shouted profanities at the Republican governor as they were escorted out of USM’s Hannaford Lecture Hall.

Naples Man Detained by ICE, Faces Deportation to Guatemala

Apr 14, 2017

A 37-year-old Maine man was being held at Cumberland County Jail on Thursday after federal agents took him into custody in compliance with a federal immigration judge’s deportation order issued in June 2010, officials said Thursday.

Otto Morales-Caballeros, who lives with his wife in Naples, was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents near his home on Wednesday, said Shawn Neudauer, a public affairs officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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

Apr 13, 2017
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.