Power line project to halt highway traffic in Farmingdale

FARMINGDALE, Maine (AP) -- Traffic will be periodically stopped on part of Interstate 95 over the next few nights so Central Maine Power can install new transmission lines across the highway in Farmingdale.

The utility says the work will take place between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. starting Monday and continuing through Thursday. The project will affect traffic near mile 105 in both directions.

Traffic will be stopped for 20-minute intervals. Message boards will alert approaching drivers, and state troopers will be on site.

The work is part of the utility's Maine Power Reliability Program, which includes the construction of five new substations.

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HS Boys Hockey regional semi-final schedule/results

NEWS CENTER - Only 16 teams are left to vie for state championships in boys hockey.  A pair of regional semi-finals get the weekend underway on Friday with the other six scheduled for Saturday. 



(2) Camden Hills    2
(3) Greely            3  F

(1) Gorham        1
(5) Kennebunk     0 F



(1) Falmouth      5
(4) Noble/Wells     4  F  

(2) Scarborough         7
(3) Thornton Academy  1  F


State Rep pushes for bridge suicide barrier

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- State Representative Joe Brooks' proposal to help prevent suicides off the Penobscot Narows Bridge became a bill Thursday. This comes after a former school teacher from Bucksport died Sunday evening after jumping off the bridge. She was the sixth person to do so since it opened in 2006.

"I think it's time that we put up a fence, a safety net, that would prevent these things from happening, or at least discourage them," said District 42 Representative Brooks.

Brooks hopes this new fence will make people think before they jump. According to Jenna Mehnert of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Maine division, it's a good plan.

"Folks who are in that kind of crisis mind set are fixated on one means. They don't have a variety of options...and when you remove that one option they sort of have to stop and regroup," says Mehnert.

New Augusta hospital fills up fast

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The new Maine General Hospital in Augusta has been open just four months and the amount of people using the new facility has taken everyone there by surprise.

It is beginning to cause some major headaches.

When Maine General Health announced plans to build a new hospital, it requested 226 beds. That was the same amount of beds in the two hospitals it was replacing in Augusta and Waterville. That request was denied by the state.

Since opening in November, the new $312 million hospital has been filled to capacity on several occasions. When all 192 beds are filled, the hospital staff must find room for additional patients in the Emergency Room.

Tuesday's boys hockey quarter-final schedule/scores

NEWS CENTER - The boys high school hockey quarter-finals got underway on Monday night with a Lewiston win.  Here's the rest of the regional matchups that are all scheduled for Tuesday.  


(1) FALMOUTH             10

(5) CHEVERUS     3

(6) BIDDEFORD           3

(2) SCARBOROUGH          4


Maine GOP lawmakers craft Medicaid expansion bill

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Two Maine Republican lawmakers are laying out details of their proposal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act while implementing other significant changes to the program.

Under the proposal crafted by Assistant Senate Republican Leader Roger Katz and Sen. Thomas Saviello, the expansion would be paired with a plan to implement managed care in the Medicaid program to try to curb costs. The state would contract with several managed care organizations that would compete for business.

The bill faces many hurdles. This is the third time lawmakers will try to push through the bill to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 70,000 Mainers. Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed two previous attempts and Democrats failed to get enough GOP support to override his veto.


Chief Justice delivers State of the Judiciary

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court said Maine's judicial system needs a major technology overhaul Thursday.

Chief Justice Leigh Saufley delivered that message to lawmakers during her annual State of the Judiciary address.