Bangor ranks as one of the cleanest cities for air quality in the country, but southern Maine residents are breathing in unhealthy levels of pollution, according to a new report released Wednesday.
Air quality has improved statewide, but unevenly from region to region, the American Lung Association’s 15th annual “State of the Air” report found. Nearly half of Maine residents live in counties with fair to poor air quality.
“I remember in the ’50s and ’60s you could get a breath of clean, fresh air,” said Dr. Paul Shapero, a local allergist and immunologist. “We’re trying to hold onto that in Bangor.”
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Teen births cost Maine taxpayers at least $18 million in 2010, according to new data released Tuesday just hours after Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill aimed at reducing unintended pregnancies among low-income women. The costs would have been much higher had Maine not recorded a substantial decline in its teen birth rate.
Gov. Paul LePage has allowed into law a bill expanding access to a drug that can stop a heroin overdose in its tracks, buying a drug user more time to receive potentially life-saving medical care. LePage, who had originally opposed the measure, allowed the bill to become law without his signature.
From our bloggers
Diane Atwood, Catching Health
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Sarah Devlin, On the Plus Side
I did something terrible today. I seemingly judged another person’s food choices in the checkout aisle at Shaw’s.