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Route 126 Bridge in West Gardiner closing on 8/4 for two weeks

Beginning on Monday, August 4 at approximately 7:00 a.m., the Route 126 Bridge in West Gardiner will be closed.

The closure is expected to last for approximately two weeks so that the bridge can be raised. This work is part of a project that consists of rehabbing the Route 126 Bridge superstructure, which also includes repairs to the concrete deck, new pavement wearing surface, concrete substructure modifications and approach work. Up to this point, work on the bridge has been open to one-way alternating traffic with a signalized light.
The signed detour route during bridge rehabilitation will redirect traffic to Spears Corner Road, to High Street, and to West Hill Road. The detour as signed is approximately 9.5 miles. The Route 126 Bridge carries approximately 4,300 vehicles per day over the mainline of the Maine Turnpike.

How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

If you're having trouble enrolling in a health plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you may be able to breathe a short sigh of relief. The deadline for open enrollment is next Monday, March 31, but the Obama administration has decided to allow extra time for some people who haven't been able to do so yet. Read more ...

Three arrested for selling drugs out of a Waterville hotel

WATERVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Three people were arrested Sunday night after they were found selling drugs out of two hotel rooms at the Budget Host Inn in Waterville.

Waterville Detectives received information that a few individuals from out-of-state were dealing drugs. The detectives observed the rooms for several hours and saw a flurry of individuals going to and from the rooms, as well as other information that indicated that illegal drugs were being sold.

A warrant was issued and executed on Sunday night. Officers found 4 ounces of crack, as well as over 200 Oxycodone pills. The overall street value of the drugs is approximately $19,000.

In addition to the drugs, $4,521 dollars was seized, as well as $1,200 dollar in counterfeit U.S. currency. A rental car that two of the suspects were using was also seized.

Hello Maine Maple Sunday

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Today is Maine Maple Sunday!

Sugar houses all over the state of Maine are opening their doors to show you the process of maple syrup starts as sap and ends up on your breakfast table.

Follow this link to the Maine Maple Producers Association to find a sugar house near you.

LINK TO MAINE MAPLE SUNDAY EVENTS

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Non-profit aims to save victims of child porn

VASSALBORO, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Maine State Computer Crimes Unit works everyday to crack down on the possession and spreading of child pornography. The lack of funding and manpower, however, causes them to struggle.

While trying to catch child predators, they said one major issue is victims falling through the cracks. In order to change this, Lt. Lang has come up with a way to empower citizens and help find these child victims.

Lieutenant Glenn Lang with the computer crimes unit said, "It's always in the back of your mind. No one is finding the children in these pictures or videos, and that child is still going through it. In some cases, no one is even looking for them."

Lang created the Child Victim Identification and Rescue Network or CVIRN. It is a non-profit that will be made up of concerned citizens, and operate outside of law enforcement. 

Food bank may close after loss of major supplier

EAST WINTHROP, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A food pantry that has operated out of an East Winthrop church for more than 20-years may have to close soon.

The church gets most of its food from Hannaford Supermarkets. A new store policy now requires food pantries to be associated with the Good Shepherd Food Bank. But Good Shepherd rejected the church's request to be an affiliate because it doesn't meet certain criteria, including having an intake process.

Maine Senate debates casino bills

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Senate debated six bills that would have expanded gambling throughout the state Wedesday night. None of them passed.

Five of the six bills were indefinitely postponed, which means the House can take up the bills and vote on them again -- but it's not likely.

The Senate voted down a bill that would bring slot machines to Veterans Organizations.

It indefinitely postponed bills to make casinos in Washington County and Aroostook County up for countywide referendums, a bill to bring racino games to Scarborough Downs, and a bill to bring electronic beano games where high stakes beano is already played.

Tribal leaders for the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Washington County are viewing tonight's vote as a defeat.

They have been pushing for approval for a casino for 20 years, and thought having the question in a countywide vote would have secured their project.