Maine news

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.

SURRY, Maine - A Maine land trust says it has purchased more than 2,000 acres of forested land in Surry for preservation.
The Blue Hill Heritage Trust says it will manage the property as a community forest for recreation, wildlife habitat protection and restoration and forest education. It will be known as Surry Forest.
The land was purchased for $650,000.

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Apr 11, 2017

Maine’s First Congressional Congresswoman joins us to discuss the latest news out of our nation’s capital.

Guest: Chellie Pingree was first elected to Congress in 2008. From 2003 to 2007, Congresswoman Pingree served as the National President and CEO of Common Cause.

PORTLAND, Maine — The lawmaker who introduced a bill designed to restrict wild foraging for food in Maine says he will call for the bill to not pass.

Republican Sen. Thomas Saviello made a proposal to prohibit foraging food without getting permission from a property owner. The proposal’s up for a potential committee vote on Tuesday.

Saviello says he’ll call for the Committee On Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to vote against passage of the bill. He says Maine state law already covers the subject of getting permission before using someone else’s land.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's judicial branch is looking into reports that court officers were clapping as a Somali asylum seeker was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents last Thursday.

Judicial branch spokeswoman Mary Ann Lynch says it's an ongoing personnel matter, so she can't comment on what happened, and how the branch might respond.

"If that kind of conduct occurred, it is clearly not appropriate," Lynch says. "We expect that all employees will treat everyone who comes to Maine courts with respect."

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Firefighters are battling a large fire in downtown Portsmouth.
WFXT-TV in Boston reports the blaze broke out overnight in a building that houses the State Street Saloon.
It was not immediately known if anyone was inside the building at the time. No injuries have been reported.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

A Biddeford business owner hoping to start selling pot next year is giving his products away for free for now.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Jack Sargent of the Biddeford-based Cannabis Shack is accepting donations for shipping and handling while waiting for the state to issue retail licenses.

It's legal to accept free gifts of pot and some say the limbo before the opening of retail stores is pushing otherwise law-abiding citizens into an underground market.

Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

On a recent gray day in Portland, a small group of people gathers at a garage to open a box they’ve waited years to see.

It’s a late chapter in a saga that began more than two centuries ago, a story of justice twice denied — or at least delayed — for an African-American Mainer.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's 58 credit unions are enjoying growth in membership, loans and deposits.

The Maine Credit Union League said the state's credit unions added more than 18,000 new members last year and that combined assets grew by nearly $450 million. The report also said outstanding loans topped $5 billion for the first time ever.

All told, the report said savings grew 6.8 percent, and lending increased 9.6 percent.

Transgender Life

Apr 10, 2017

Transgender rights are very much in the news right now, but the challenges facing transgender people include much more than bathroom access.  We’ll talk with transgender adults about navigating life in Maine in 2017 – what has changed for them, and what has not.  One of our guests hosts a transgender issues program on Community Television and has just written a book about being a transgender man and a Christian, and another is a Maine business owner who identifies as neither a man or woman.

Teachers Hold a Key to Student Interest

Apr 9, 2017

Like many other schools, Oceanside High School has many teachers who teach and act in different ways, and there are hundreds of students, all here because they want to learn, they're being forced to come, or they have no where else to go.

One thing that can be agreed upon is that the goal for school is to teach children so they can grow up and live in society. But some of these students learn in different ways, and I have found that with some teachers, there is an overwhelming amount of children who feel like they don't learn or feel disrespected. But then there are the teachers who everyone loves, and it just so happens that these teachers have many things in common.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Maine Sen. Susan Collins has received a GRAMMYs on the Hill Award. The Recording Academy, which hands out the coveted GRAMMY awards to music performers, also recognizes educators and lawmakers at a yearly event on Capitol Hill.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The new owners of Maine's oldest craft brewery aren't wasting time in making investments.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's governor and fellow Republicans in two other states hope President Donald Trump will be more amenable to banning food stamps to buy soda and junk food than his predecessor.

Saco Bans Plastic Bags

Apr 9, 2017

SACO, Maine (AP) _ Saco is the fourth community in Maine to ban single-use plastic shopping bags.