Bangor, Maine News Update: August 23, 2017
Maine's supreme court has ruled that law enforcement officials don't have to show what specifically distracted a driver who caused a fatal chain-reaction crash. Thomas Palmer testified that he "looked up" to see a car stopped in the road on U.S. Route 1 in Woolwich in August 2015. His lawyer argued that the contention he was distracted was not supported by any facts pointing to what activity was distracting him.
A group of Republicans wants Secretary of State Matt Dunlap to strike the word "insurance" from a November ballot question asking voters to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act, replacing it with taxpayer-funded health benefits. Supporters of the measure say it doesn’t need to be changed. The question now reads, Do you want Maine to provide health insurance through Medicaid for qualified adults
This weekend is the American Folk Festival, which will drastically increase the amount of traffic around town, especially in the waterfront and downtown regions. Drivers are encouraged to avoid any distractions while driving through town and be on the lookout for pedestrians and drivers who are unfamiliar with the area. The American Folk Festival kicks off at 7:00 Friday night and will last through Sunday on the Bangor Waterfront.
A sign in Millinocket is getting a lot of attention as visitors put the I in Maine. The large-scale sign spells out ‘Maine’ in large, people-sized letters...but there’s no letter I...inviting people to stand there for pictures, fill the space, and show themselves ‘in Maine.’ Although the display is set up next to creator Canaan York’s business, he says it’s meant to lift spirits and profits across the community.