Bangor council to vote on minimum wage


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After seeing the controversy stirred up in Portland over raising the minimum wage, Bangor is now getting in on the debate and city leaders could make their decision as soon as Monday.

Leaders will meet Monday night to discuss the issue and as of right now four city councilors support the measure and four oppose it.

This means it will come down to the vote of councilor Ben Sprague.

The proposal being considered calls for Bangor's minimum wage to increase by .75 every year through 2018 with the cap set in 2018 at $9.75 an hour.

The meeting will being at 7:30 p.m. at the Bangor City Hall.


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More information surfaces in Anthony Lord case


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- When Tim and Danette Robinson heard that Anthony Lord was wanted in connection to the crime spree in northern Maine last Friday, they were afraid for their niece, the mother of Lord's son who died.

Jamie Clark used to be involved romantically with Lord, according to the Robinson's. Clark had a child with Lord, but the infant died in May. The baby's death is still under investigation and the Robinsons said Lord blames Clark for his son's death.

During last week's shooting rampage, Danette was taking care of Clark's 2-year-old daughter. They said Penobscot County Sheriff's Deputies and Bangor Police put Danette Robinson, Jaimie Clark, and her daughter into protective custody. Tim Robinson was out hiking at the time.

Bangor council divided ahead of minimum wage vote


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The city of Bangor could be days away from raising its minimum wage.

On Monday, city councilors will decide whether or not to do that and are divided on the issue. Four city councilors support the measure and four oppose it.

That leaves councilor Ben Sprague as the only undecided voter ahead of Monday's meeting. The proposal calls for Bangor's minimum wage to increase by 75 cents each year until 2018.

Between now and then, it would go from $7.50 an hour to $9.75 an hour. Bangor business owners aren't the only ones watching the decision.

Tracey Marceron owns the Next Generation Theatre and Between Friends Arts Center in Brewer. She didn't know about the proposal but says other towns and cities like Brewer could follow.

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Major renovations at BGR underway


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The domestic flights terminal at Bangor International Airport is getting a $14 million facelift.

The renovation will upgrade nearly every part of the terminal. According to the airport director, Tony Caruso, the project's primary goal is to make passenger flow through the terminal. Caruso said it's an upgrade the airport has needed for a long time.

The money is coming from a variety of sources, including a federal Homeland Security grant.

The first phase of the renovation is expected to be done by October of 2016.


Bangor zero-sort recycling one year anniversary


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Just one year ago, the city started its zero sort recycling program, letting residents throw all of their recycling into one bin.

"It's been a great success, you are seeing a lot more participation in recycling on the curb, we've got a drop off location that the city has as well, were seeing a lot of participation there as well," said Jim Dunning, the assistant general manager at Casella Resource Solutions.

So far, 690 tons of zero sort material have been collected curbside and another 372 tons has been collected at the drop off facility-- reducing waste by about 5 percent. Now Brewer has a similar program that includes that zero sort program, but residents also pay based on the amount of trash they throw away.

Bangor drug court could return


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hundreds of thousands of dollars of state money has been set aside to reinstate the Penobscot County drug court.

Funding for the court, which provides a legal alternative for drug addicts facing charges, was reallocated to other programs in 2011, forcing people who choose to use it to go to Ellsworth. There are still a lot of unknowns with the idea, including how a new court would be staffed.

Drug courts differ from regular courts because their primary goal is rehabilitating drug users. According to Penobscot County assistant district attorney, Mike Roberts, the focus is on helping a limited number of drug addicts, not simply one-time offenders. Benchmarks for recovery are set by a judge in lieu of legal punishment and sometimes require weekly meetings.