US labor secretary visits Maine shipyards


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said an aging workforce at shipyards underscores the importance of training a new generation of workers with the skills needed to "punch their ticket to the middle class."

Perez made the remarks Wednesday as he got a firsthand look at an apprentice program at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and a training center at Bath Iron Works. He said he plans to take good ideas back to Washington.

"What I learned today in Maine is that these investments pay remarkable dividends, and these investments need to continue," Perez said.

Sen. Susan Collins, who extended the invitation, joined Perez on visits to Bath and Kittery.

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Investigators return to scene of Old Port shooting


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police have yet to make an arrest in Monday night's double shooting or release any information about the suspects.

The shooting at Da Block Studios late Monday night on Fore Street took the life of a Scarborough teen and hospitalized another man.

The Portland Crime Scene Unit was parked outside Da Block Studios for most of Wednesday afternoon, with investigators going in and out of the business.

The owner of the studio, Ron Hargrove, said he is still unable to get into the studio because investigators are collecting more evidence. He's owned the recording and performance studio for eight years and has always been located in the Old Port. The studio works with hip-hop and rap artists.

Hargrove said Arsenault was a good kid who enjoyed music and hung around the studio with friends.

Mercy Hospital eliminating 45 positions


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Mercy Hospital announced Wednesday that it is closing its addiction services center, which means 45 employees will lose their jobs.

Some of the services offered, like opiate addiction treatment, will move to Mercy's State Street location. Closing the center affects 90 jobs in total, but Mercy said that about half of those employees have opportunities in other practice areas.

Mercy said it's encouraging the other 45 employees to apply for other positions in the Eastern Maine Healthcare System, the parent company of Mercy. EMHS includes Acadia Hospital, Inland Hospital, Eastern Maine Medical Center, The Aroostook Medical Center, Sebasticook Valley Health, Charles A Dean Memorial in Greenville and Blue Hill Memorial.

Single-vehicle accident closes Route 1 in Saco


SACO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Drivers should be aware of a delays near Portland Road for a single vehicle accident.

According to Saco police drivers can expect delays for the next three hours while CMP makes repairs to the telephone pole damaged in the accident.

Access onto the Maine Turnpike in Saco is available. Motorists are urged to use alternate routes and to avoid the area.

Vehicles headed Southbound are being detoured to the Spring Hill Road to the Industrial Park Road to Route 112 while Northbound traffic is being detoured down the Ross Road into Old Orchard Beach and back to Route 1 in Saco.


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NAMI Maine talks suicide prevention


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There is a popular misconception that suicide rates are the highest during the cold, dark winter months. But the truth is loneliness or sadness is amplified during the joy of the holiday season. To help explain more Jenna Mehnert from NAMI Maine joins Jackie Ward in the studio.

Watch the video above for the full interview.

Mehnert says everyone thinks suicide rates are highest in the colder months like December because of the gloomy weather, but she says during that dark cold weather, everyone is feeling gloomy. Mehnert says once we get to those warmer months, everyone is out enjoying the weather. But if you are still experiencing depression, that's when it becomes the 'broken promise effect,' "I thought I'd feel better when I got to spring and the sun was out." When that doesn't happen, that's when people take action," Menhert says.

Key financial statement about Maine marijuana vote due soon


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine officials have less than a week to provide a financial impact statement that a pro-marijuana group needs to begin collecting signatures for its petition.

Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol wants to ask voters if they want to legalize recreational marijuana use. The group is backed by the national Marijuana Policy Project.

State officials from the Maine Office of Fiscal and Program Review have until June 2 to provide the financial statement about the group's petition. The group's petition can then be finalized. The group signed off on its final language May 11.

The group needs to collect at least 61,123 signatures by Feb. 1 so the question can go to voters in November 2016. Another group called Legalize Maine got approval to collect signatures last month.


One dead, one injured in shooting at Old Port recording studio


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A 19-year-old is dead following a shooting at Da Block Studios in the Old Port late Monday night.

As investigators cleared the scene of the shooting, a family member and friends of Trey Arsenault gathered. The Scarborough teen died at Maine Medical Center Tuesday morning from the gunshot wounds.

His uncle arrived at the scene Tuesday morning to collect Trey's car. He didn't want to speak on camera but he described his nephew as "a real good boy."

For his friends, they are still in shock their friend is gone.

"He was a really good person. It is really sad that someone this young. You knew he was going to go somewhere and do something in life, definitely. You could see that he was really smart," said Jacalyn Curry, a junior at Westbrook High School.