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Posted Nov. 16, 2010, at 11:58 a.m.

Crash test dummies are coming to the University of Maine to assist in the testing of products designed to reduce head injuries. A $533,000 grant from the Maine Technology Asset Fund through the Maine Technology Institute will allow UMaine over the next year to create a Biomechanics Laboratory for Injury Reduction and Rehabilitation within the College of Engineering’s Mechanical Engineering Department. Reporter: Judy Harrison

National statistics show that 4.7 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs each year, and one in five dog bites results in injuries that require medical attention. We will publish Maine statistics as well and update the status of a woman who was severely mauled by a bull mastiff in LaGrange last Friday. Reporter: Diana Bowley

A New Hampshire man who adopted two orphaned black bear cubs and raised them in the woods as their “bear mother” is giving a presentation-slideshow tonight at the Colonial Theatre in Belfast about what he’s learned. Ben Kilham, who has now raised 26 cubs, says that the bears have an intricate system of communication and cooperation, insight, planning, deception, and even ethics, like fair play, empathy, and altruism. Reporter: Abigail Curtis

Waldo County’s foreclosure rate continues to be very high, with sheriff’s office officials counting 170 through the end of September. In comparison, before 2008, rates hovered at about 10 -15 annually. How is this affecting the county’s rural small towns? How is it affecting Belfast? Reporter: Abigail Curtis

In Sports, Husson University’s men’s basketball team opens its season vs. Gordon College tonight and we’ll cover the action.

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