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Upcoming stories for Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010

By Michael J. Dowd, BDN Staff

Here are some of our coverage plans for the day. Beyond serving as coming attractions, this feature is an opportunity for you to comment on our coverage choices, suggest sources, ask questions or share your knowledge in order to help us keep everyone better informed. We’re calling this “The Daily News Meeting” because the list is generated from the 10 a.m. planning meeting BDN editors conduct each weekday.Keep in mind that due to the uncertainties of reaching sources and the need to cover breaking news every story listed may not be published today.

For Thursday, Aug. 26:

An Illinois man is scheduled to be sentenced today in federal court in Bangor for making threats to the staff of Sen. Susan Collins in her Augusta office. John P. O’Neill, 46, of Arlington Heights, Ill., also allegedly threatened the senator. Reporter: Judy Harrison

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The Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department is having radio communication problems because it uses the same frequency as its counterparts in Sagadahoc County. Piscataquis County is working with the Federal Communications Commission to correct the situation. Reporter: Diana Bowley

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The American Folk Festival opens Friday on the Bangor Waterfront. A key to its success this year will be the efforts of the hundreds of volunteers who do everything from escort the acts around the venue to soliciting donations amid the “Bucket Brigade.” We talked to some long-time volunteers to get their views on the state of the event and their reasons for coming back to help, year after year. Reporter: Emily Burnham

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It’s a topic of discussion many of us have heard that starts with this question: where are all the bugs in Maine this summer? We ask a University of Maine expert if it’s our imaginations, or if the dry weather really has produced a relatively bug-free season. Reporter: Jen Lynds

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Gubernatorial candidates Paul LePage, a Republican, and Eliot Cutler, an independent, took part in a forum this morning in Bangor designed to elicit their views on business development in Maine. We’ll let you know what they said and how they were received. Reporter: Chris Cousins

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