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Arsenic forces Maine school to restrict water use

By Nick McCrea on April 27, 2017, at 9:37 a.m.
A Maine school has shut down its drinking fountains after discovering elevated arsenic levels in the drinking water.
Scott Milliken, 54, of Augusta.

Search ongoing for Augusta man missing since March

By Dawn Gagnon on April 23, 2017, at 11:19 a.m.
Scott Milliken, 54, was reported missing after he failed to show up for a planned meeting with a friend back in March.
Former U.S. Attorney and Superior Court Justice Thomas Delahanty.

Prosecutor ousted by Trump reflects on how Maine crime has changed

By Judy Harrison on April 19, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“When I started, possession of marijuana, no matter the amount, was a felony,” Thomas E. Delahanty II, 71, of Falmouth said recently.

Hot Sunday shattered Portland’s record high set 41 years ago

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 17, 2017, at 7:53 a.m.
A delayed sea breeze and westerly winds created a warm pocket in the city on Sunday that allowed temperatures to rise to record levels — a whopping 86 degrees.
Rebecca Grant walks to the office where she currently works at St. Joseph Healthcare on March 20, 2017. She said it was a struggle to get by after she was laid off from FairPoint Communications in July 2015.

Politicans say they want people to work, but they ignore this fast route to a job

on April 17, 2017, at 6:28 a.m.
There’s a way to get more people out of poverty, but it’s a “bewildering maze.”
Justin Pillsbury

‘Green-eyed monster’ grabs court’s attention as convicted killers seek new trials

By Judy Harrison on April 14, 2017, at 5:45 p.m.
Justin Pillsbury’s attorney argued that Assistant Attorney General Donald Macomber’s reference to a “green-eyed monster” that was “uncaged” prejudiced the jury and amounted to prosecutorial misconduct.
University of Maine at Augusta president James Conneely, who recently announced he is stepping down.

Officials ponder future of UM-Augusta after school loses 4th leader in less than 3 years

By Nick McCrea on April 14, 2017, at 9:46 a.m.
After cycling through four presidents since September 2014, University of Maine at Augusta faculty and staff are pleading for stability.
University of Maine at Augusta president James Conneely speaks to members of the community at Eastport Hall in Bangor, Dec. 1, 2015.

University of Maine at Augusta president resigns unexpectedly

By Nick McCrea on April 12, 2017, at 7:27 a.m.
The University of Maine at Augusta president announced he is leaving his post after two years and four months on the job.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has denounced the recent arrest by ICE agents of an immigrant in a Portland courthouse.

Janet Mills warns ICE courthouse arrests could have a ‘chilling effect’ in Maine

By Judy Harrison on April 10, 2017, at 7:22 p.m.
Maine’s top prosecutor has urged the head of Homeland Security to stop arresting immigrants in and around Maine courthouses.

Mystery boom befuddles Maine authorities

By Beth Brogan on April 10, 2017, at 11:24 a.m.
State police and other public safety officials say they have no explanation for a loud “boom” reported by residents of Kennebec and surrounding counties at about 9 p.m. Sunday.
Taylor Schildroth

Moss, McDevitt top 62nd BDN All-Maine Schoolboy Basketball Team

By Ernie Clark on April 08, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Moss and McDevitt are joined on the BDN All-Maine first team by Jack Casale of Cheverus of Portland, Taylor Schildroth of George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill and Ruay Bol of South Portland.
An adult mosquito harvesting a blood meal. Improper application of insect repellent could increase your chances for bites.

You’re putting your insect repellent on wrong

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 07, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“There’s actually a right and a wrong way to put on insect repellent,” said Michael Bentley, staff entomologist for the National Pest Management Association.
Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, at the statehouse in Augusta in mid-March. Bill sponsored a bill to bring Maine in compliance with Real ID laws.

Maine Senate backs bill to implement Real ID compliance

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on April 06, 2017, at 5:17 p.m.
The Maine Senate has voted 31-4 on Thursday to endorse a bill that will make Maine comply with the federal Real ID law.
Jeremy Erving

St. Albans man accused of killing uncle claims insanity defense

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 06, 2017, at 2:39 p.m.
Jeremy Erving, 25, told police that his uncle, Randy Erving, 53, was his best friend and that he didn’t know why he shot him.
An adult female deer tick. The National Pest Management Association predicts 2017 will be a bad season for mosquitoes and ticks.

Pest experts predict bad tick, mosquito season for Northeast

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 06, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
For the Northeast, the bi-annual Bug Barometer states that “higher tick populations may result from the unseasonably warm winter.
POLL QUESTION
A glass of water is seen during the taste testing at the Maine Rural Water Association's 34th Annual Water and Wastewater Technical Conference at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Dec. 11, 2014.

Maine’s wells could be polluted with arsenic, lead

By Abigail Curtis on April 05, 2017, at 6:01 a.m.
“The major problem is that Maine has a high reliance on wells, but very few people test their wells.”
HEATHER DENKMIRE
Heather Denkmire is a writer and artist who lives in Portland with her two young daughters.

Autistic people don’t need a ‘cure’

By Heather Denkmire on April 05, 2017, at 5:55 a.m.
The largest autism organizations treat autism as if it were a disease that needs to be eradicated, rather than a set of developmental conditions.
POLL QUESTION
Independent U.S. Senator Angus King of Maine (above) will oppose the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Angus King comes out against Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch

By Michael Shepherd on April 04, 2017, at 4:44 p.m.
In his statement, King says he’ll also support Democrats’ planned filibuster, which he hinted at on a Sunday appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
OxyContin pills on a counting tray at Miller Drug in Bangor.

Lawyer: State exceptions on prescription opiate dosages still too vague

By Alex Acquisto on April 04, 2017, at 4:16 p.m.
“Patients have been lawfully prescribed high doses of pain management medication for years and have become physiologically dependent on this pain management approach.”
MAINE FOCUS
The Maine State House is pictured in January 2016.

LePage administration paid $315K for a consultant to rethink child care, then did nothing

By Matthew Stone on April 04, 2017, at 6:26 a.m.
The state told federal regulators it planned to carry out the consultant’s recommendations and re-upped with the consultant after its first proposal. But it appears there are no plans to follow through.