Bangor city council votes on new city manager

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Bangor City Council has picked a new City Manager.

Catherine Conlow, the city manager for Orono, will take over in Bangor on November 29.

The appointment happened Monday afternoon in City Hall. Conlow was not at the meeting because she is out of town.

Bangor has been operating with an interim city manager since last December when Ed Barrett, former city manager, vacated the position.

Barrett held the position for 22 years.

American Chestnuts coming back

BRADLEY, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--The American Chestnut was once the most prolific hardwood tree in the Appalachians. The population has been decimated by a blight brought in from Asia and now only about 200 wild American Chestnuts exist in Maine.

The problem began at the turn of the last century and by 1960, the Federal Government stopped funding protection of the Chestbuts.  In 1982, a group of American Scientist believed they had the technology to bring the Chestnut back.  They began a program of "Back Cross-Breeding" that they thought would establish a blight-resistant Chestnut in 30-40 years.

Nobel laureate to visit UMaine

ORONO, Maine (AP) -- Nobel Prize winner Elinor Ostrom will visit the University of Maine this week.

Ostrom, co-recipient of the 2009 Nobel in economic sciences, will speak Thursday. Her topic will be sustaining our natural resources in a rapidly changing world.

Ostrom is speaking as part of the university's annual Sen. George Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability. Mitchell will attend the lecture and offer remarks, if his schedule permits.

Ostrom is a member of the faculty at both Indiana University and Arizona State University.









Car chase ends in two arrests, damaged cruiser

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A police-involved chase in Bangor ended in two arrests and a banged up police cruiser.

On Friday, Officer Steve Pelletier noticed a man who he believed was Jarod Brown, a habitual offender whose license had been revoked.

Pelletier says he saw Brown get into a car with a female passenger and drive off.

Pelletier followed the car down State Street, and Brown then tried to give The Law the slip, taking a detour around the block.

So, Pelletier turned on his lights and it turned into an active chase.  After a short chase, the driver pulled into the parking lot at Wing Park, across from Eastern Maine Medical Center, got out of the car and took off on foot.

Officers Pelletier and Shawn Green tackled and arrested the driver, who did turn out to be Jarod Brown.

Maine lawmaker featured in "Time"

(NEWS CENTER) -- Maine Speaker of the House Hannah Pingree is listed in time's "40 Under 40", an article about rising young political stars.

In the "Time" article, Pingree, who is 33, says she's been able to earn her colleague's respect by proving she's smart and cares about the issues.

Hannah Pingree is the daughter of Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.

Other young political up-and-comers included on the list are Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and George P. Bush, the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.








Special Report on Longterm Unemployed

(NEWS CENTER) -- It is about as stressful a situation as you could ever find yourself in: thousands of Mainers have exhausted their unemployment benefits ... but have been unable to find work.

The Maine Department of Labor calls them "Exhaustees", and has set up a series of programs aimed at putting these Mainers back to work. Others refer to them as "The Invisible Unemployed" because they are not counted in Unemployment reports or as part of the workforce.

Candidates for school committee at library

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- People running for a position on the Bangor School Committee will get a chance to talk about their positions.  Bangor Public Library is holding a candidates forum.  The forum will be October 19, from 6:30-7:30.  Candidates will be in the Library's Lecture Hall and each will be given the chance to talk about what they feel are the important issues, present their credentials and answer questions.