Click It or Ticket campaign hopes to keep Mainers safe

ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- As the holidays grow closer and travel season picks up, the Maine State Police will be checking to make sure you are driving safely.

From Nov. 15 -28, troopers will be positioned throughout Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. They'll be looking for people who aren't wearing they're seatbelts as part of a national Click It or Ticket campaign.

Lieutenant Wes Hussey said 85% of Americans are buckling up.

"But that still leaves 15% that aren't buckling up like they should," said Hussey. "Statistics have shown us that it's 45% safer to wear a seatbelt for front passenger crashes."

Troopers will be focusing their efforts in high crash areas, the interstate and on some of the main roads in both penobscot and piscataquis counties.










Community comes together after break-in

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's one of a business owner's worst nightmares--coming into work to find all the money stolen.

Giacamo's owner Brett Settle said sometime early Sunday morning someone broke into his restaurant and stole nearly $3,000 dollars and several paychecks.

Settle called the police department, who is still investigating.

Settle said he's thankful to have help from other area restaurants so he could re-open this morning.

"Everybody downtown has been amazing, which led into what's going on now," said Settle. "The support and the phone calls and people just popping in, even if they're not having lunch, just to say they're sorry. It's really amazing."

Settle said the support he's seen today has been overwhelming and he's thankful to be a part of a supportive downtown community.






Eleven Maine Hospitals Selected for National Quality Improvement Effort

Eleven hospitals across Maine will participate in the Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) Hospital Quality Network, an innovative, nationwide program led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The AF4Q initiative is RWJF’s signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, as well as reduce racial and ethnic disparities and provide models for national reform. Maine’s AF4Q initiative is led by Quality Counts in close collaboration with the Maine Health Management Coalition and the Dirigo Health Agency’s Maine Quality Forum.

During the AF4Q Hospital Quality Network, hospital teams will work together to improve the quality and safety of patient care by piloting and testing new quality improvement strategies over an 18-month period.

Husson University to offer MBA degree

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- Husson University will soon be offering a Master of Business Administration degree.

Beginning in January, the school will begin offering courses for students wanting earn an MBA. The program will be available at Husson's campuses in Bangor, South Portland and Presque Isle by the end of next year.

Husson President Robert Clark said the program will provide options for both full-time students and working professionals while providing content with a global perspective.

The school now offers a master of science in business degree, but that program will be discontinued.








Autopsy to be performed on body found in Penobscot River

BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Police are investigating the death of a young man from Greenbush.

The body of Corey Grenier, 21, was pulled out of the Penobscot River Saturday morning.

Police say his family had reported him missing on Friday.

Grenier had been living in Bangor.

Man's body found in Penobscot River

BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-Authorities say it is 21 year old Corey Grenier of Greenbush.

His family reported him missing Friday. Greenbush had been living in Bangor.

An autopsy will be done to determine how Grenier died.




Veterans Day Parade takes place in Bangor, Brewer

BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- People lined the streets of Brewer and Bangor late Thursday morning for the annual Veterans Day Parade.

Friends and families came out to take in the sights and sounds as the parade made its way through the twin cities. Those who took part included marching bands, cub, scout troops and of course the many men and women who have served in the U.S. military over the years.

From Brewer the parade made it's way across the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge to downtown Bangor, where it ended on Exchange Street.