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Study: Uber could help reduce drunk-driving accidents


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A new study released by Mothers Against Drunk Driving shows that ride-sharing apps, such as Uber and Lyft, could reduce the number of drunk driving accidents.

Uber arrived in Portland in October of 2014, and is also available in Bangor and towns nearby.

The report found ridesharing is having a significant impact across America’s cities, providing people with smarter alternatives to getting behind the wheel if their plans include alcohol.

In cities like Pittsburgh, Miami, and Chicago, the study showed that more people chose Uber to get out or get home after a night of drinking.

Tips for a healthy diet


(NEWS CENTER) -- If your New Year's resolution is to lose weight, you are not alone. It is always the number one resolution. Diane Atwood, who writes the blog Catching Health joins the Morning Report to pass along some dieting advice.

Diane:  Who doesn't want quick and easy when it comes to losing weight? I do. My sister and I went to Florida last week. When I tried on my shorts, only two pairs fit me. It was never warm enough to wear them, so no matter!
We ate so much - that's my sister-in-law and niece preparing a huge meal. Check our their sweet dog Louie licking his chops! 

Nearly 80K Mainers sign up for coverage via HealthCare.gov


PORTLAND, Maine

(AP) -- Nearly 80,000 Maine residents have signed up for health care coverage through the HealthCare.gov platform since open enrollment began in November.
    
Officials with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services say 78,891 people from Maine have either signed up or had their coverage automatically renewed as of Jan. 9. The deadline to enroll for coverage starting Feb. 1 passed on Friday.
    
Federal statistics show that more than 57,000 of the residents were in the Portland-Auburn market and the rest were in the Bangor market area.

 


Portland police: Man stabbed during family dispute


UPDATE Friday 3:00 PM -- Portland Police say they have arrested and charged 25-year-old Corey Shepard of Portland with elevated aggravated assault in connection with the stabbing Thursday. 

Police said Shephard stabbed Sebastian Kelly at the Sagamore Village in Portland. 

Police say Shepard surrendered to Gorham Police this morning. 

The crime is still under investigation and anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Portland Police at 207 874 8533.

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --  Portland police say a  29-year-old Sebastian Kelley is recovering from multiple stab wounds he received during a dispute with a family member. 

Several crashes snarl traffic on 295 in Portland


 

(NEWS CENTER) -- Maine State Police report several crashes north bound and south bound are causing significant delays in the Portland and Falmouth area.

Several witnesses tell us a car is overturned in the north bound lane. At this time we do not know if there are any injuries. A live picture from our Portland tower cam shows traffic being backed up for miles. 

drivers are urged to seek alternate routes.


Bernie Sanders campaign opens first office in Maine


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bernie Sanders' campaign has officially opened its first office in Maine. The campaign and a group of supporters celebrated the opening Wednesday night.

The democratic presidential candidate wasn't there, but dozens of people still crammed into the office to show their support.

The event almost felt like a rally, with supporters cheering on the people who spoke. Several state lawmakers were there, including Rep. Ben Chipman (D-Portland), Rep. Christine Powers (D-Naples) and Sen. John Patrick (D-Rumford).

For a while, Sanders was considered a long shot to Hillary Clinton. However, the most recent WSJ/NBC News poll shows Sanders has a 4-point lead in New Hampshire and trails Clinton by three points in Iowa.

Portland issues citywide parking ban


PORTLAND, Maine -- In advance of tonight’s snow storm, a citywide parking ban has been declared beginning tonight at 10:00 PM (Tuesday, January 12) through 6:00 AM Wednesday, January 13. Vehicles left on City streets after 10:00 PM can be towed at the owner’s expense.