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Upcoming stories for Friday, Aug. 27, 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in mind that due to the uncertainties of reaching sources and the need to cover breaking news every story listed may not be published today.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 Friday, Aug. 27:

The American Folk Festival is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors to the Bangor Waterfront beginning tonight and continuing through the weekend. We’ll provide up-to-the-minute coverage, including photos and video. Reporters: Emily Burnham, Judy Harrison, Aimee Thibodeau, William P. Davis

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Dry weather is having a negative effect on the potato crop in parts of Aroostook County. Just how bad is the situation and what can farmers do? Reporter: Julia Bayly

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People with mental illness who are subjected to the use of physical restraints typically find the experience deeply traumatic and humiliating, according to Dr. David Proffitt, CEO of Acadia Hospital in Bangor. Proffitt explains his side of the ongoing controversy surrounding federal and state investigations into the psychiatric facility amid complaints that hospital workers have been injured by patients because restraints are seldom used. Reporter: Meg Haskell

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Today is move-in day for first-year students at the University of Maine and Husson University, with classes set to start Monday, Aug. 30. We talk to some students about their expectations. Reporter: Judy Harrison

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Bangor City Councilor Geoff Gratwick recently requested another workshop to discuss sex offender residency restrictions in Bangor, which has been proposed by a resident of the city. His request was turned down, but he doesn’t think the issue should simply fade away. Reporter: Eric Russell

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Bear hunting season begins Monday in Maine. Outdoors reporter John Holyoke talks to an expert about what hunters can expect, given the dry summer.

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