April 21, 2018
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By Michael J. Dowd, BDN Staff

Although prescription medications and illegal drugs like heroin are big problems in Maine, alcohol remains the most widely abused and easily available drug. At a substance abuse conference that drew attendees from across the state to Hermon on Friday, a national expert addressed the impact of alcohol abuse in our communities. Reporter: Meg Haskell

Political campaigns have hammered home the importance of jobs and the economy for the better part of a year. With Republicans taking over the Legislature and governor’s office, business groups around the state are optimistic that the focus will remain on improving Maine’s economy in the next legislative session, and that reform in everything from the regulatory structure to tax policies is in the offing. Reporter: Matt Wickenheiser

In more than 25 years of teaching police how to use deadly force properly, Urey W. Patrick has heard all kinds of questions. One question that often arises when police kill someone is, why didn’t they shoot to wound? Patrick answers that question and several more as we delve into the number of police shootings in Maine in recent years. Reporter: Nick Sambides Jr.

“Movember” is an international fundraiser started by a group of men in Australia. Men grow a mustache (mo) for the month of November to raise money for prostate cancer research and to raise awareness about men’s health. Several people in the Bangor area are participating. Reporter: Aislinn Sarnacki

In Sports, we’ll cover high school football playoffs, including games involving Bangor and Hampden Academy, and we’ll preview Saturday’s high school soccer state championships.

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