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A Somali woman walks past the police headquarters in Lewiston, Maine, June 1, 2015.

From Maine to Montana, shrinking small towns see hope in refugees

By Tim Henderson, Stateline.org on Aug. 14, 2016, at 11:09 a.m.
There’s a growing sense among local officials, especially in small towns, that refugees have something to offer the economy.
MAINE FOCUS
Maine Families served 2,393 families with 2,644 children in all counties in state fiscal year 2014.

How Maine quietly handed off financial oversight of a $23M program for infants

By Erin Rhoda on Aug. 11, 2016, at 6:16 a.m.
The circumstances raise questions about transparency and accountability.
Kevin Lewis, CEO of Maine Community Health Options in Lewiston

Maine’s only health insurance co-op sues feds over $23 million

By Lindsay Tice on Aug. 10, 2016, at 2:34 p.m.
Community Health Options, the state’s only health insurance co-op, has filed a lawsuit against the federal government claiming it owes the co-op nearly $23 million in promised payments.
MAINE FOCUS
Over the last several years, the number of public health nurses has been cut in half.

Maine has sliced the ranks of nurses who prevent outbreaks, help drug-affected babies

By Matthew Stone on Aug. 09, 2016, at 6:28 a.m.
The LePage administration, which has not publicized the cuts, had the money to fill the positions.

Auburn woman gets probation in theft of postal funds

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 08, 2016, at 4:03 p.m.
An Auburn woman was sentenced to two years of probation for stealing more than $4,000 in money orders and cash while working in 2014 as a relief postmaster.

Lewiston man dies following I-95 crash in Gray

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 08, 2016, at 3:20 p.m.
A man whose car crashed into a paving roller Monday morning on the Maine Turnpike has died from his injuries.
Three men who plan to be priests in Maine walked from Lewiston to Bangor to promote vocations in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. Seminarians Liam Gallagher (left) and Dennis Fitts (center), along with Rev. Seamus Griesbach lead the group of teens on their walk to Bangor on Friday.

Pilgrimage across Maine strengthens faith of 3 priests-to-be

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 07, 2016, at 9:43 a.m.
Three men who plan to be priests in Maine walked from Lewiston to Bangor to promote vocations in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.
A small bag of straight Fentanyl on display at the state crime lab at the Ohio Attorney General's headquarters in London, Ohio.

Multiple Mainers charged following Massachusetts drug arrests

By Mike LaBella, The Eagle-Tribune on Aug. 05, 2016, at 12:32 p.m.
Investigators said the people charged came from Maine and New Hampshire to buy drugs, including fentanyl, which has been blamed for fatal overdoses in the region.
Officials continued to search Long Lake on Thursday for the body of a 19-year-old man.

Warden service to use aircraft in search for body in Long Lake

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 04, 2016, at 8:58 a.m.
The man, whose name has not been disclosed, was a passenger in a rented pontoon boat.
LIFE ON THE ANDROSCOGGIN

The Brick House on Bartlett Street

on Aug. 01, 2016, at 7:54 p.m.
Dr. Louis J. Martel (1850 – 1895) From 1883 until his death in 1895, the brick house that stands at 122-124 Bartlett Street in Lewiston was home to Dr. Louis J. Martel, a leader in Franco-American political and social affairs. He was a prominent journalist, politician, and social organizer of the …
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Undercover footage shows alleged inhumane treatment of animals and food safety concerns at Hillandale Farms, New England’s largest egg producer, which operates a facility in Turner, Maine.

Maine egg production facility not among those going cage-free

By Julia Bayly on July 28, 2016, at 11:03 a.m.
While one of the country’s leading egg suppliers has announced a plan to transition to “cage-free” systems, the company won’t be making changes to its facility in Maine — the same facility that was the focus of an undercover filming operation alleging animal cruelty there.
Arthur Bush

Lewiston man arrested in connection with robbery, attack at local store

By CBS 13 on July 26, 2016, at 11:37 a.m.
Police have arrested a Lewiston man in connection with the robbery and attack on an employee at The Vault on Saturday.
The Vault in Lewiston

Wine shop clerk severely beaten during attempted robbery

By CBS 13 on July 25, 2016, at 7:05 a.m.
Lewiston Police said they believe the suspect is a white male but they declined to release any more information.
Fifth-graders Makya Brown and Laura Anne Myers cut apples as part of the LEAP Classroom in New Suncook Elementary School in Lovell, for students with lagging social and emotional skills.

Maine classroom seeks to connect problem students with school, peers

By Robbie Feinberg, MPBN on July 24, 2016, at 4:32 p.m.
One school in western Maine is trying a new strategy — creating a separate classroom designed specifically for children with social and behavioral problems.

Post office employee facing charges in connection with stolen gift card

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 22, 2016, at 10:13 a.m.
Police say Amanda Wentzell also confessed to opening mail hoping to find cash and throwing it away upon discovering it contained a check.
With the busy agricultural fair season approaching, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the state’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry are warning the public to use good hygiene and judgment when attending fairs.

Maine officials ask public to practice good hygiene at agricultural fairs

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 21, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
With the busy agricultural fair season approaching, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the state’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry are warning the public to use good hygiene and judgment when attending fairs.
Security camera footage of a vandal tearing down a flag in Bridgton last weekend.

One arrested after American flags torn down in Bridgton

By CBS 13 on July 21, 2016, at 7:13 a.m.
Police were able to find one suspect after getting surveillance video from a nearby business.
Howard Kroll

Hermon hires Auburn official as new town manager

By Dawn Gagnon on July 20, 2016, at 5:51 p.m.
Hermon town councilors have hired Auburn City Manager Howard Kroll, a former Brewer city clerk and assistant city manager, as the successor to Town Manager Roger Raymond, who is retiring later this summer.
Eric Griffey

Neighbors rush to stop man stabbing woman in Auburn

By CBS 13 on July 20, 2016, at 8:55 a.m.
A woman was stabbed multiple times in her Auburn home Tuesday night, and neighbors came to her rescue to hold her attacker back.
POLL QUESTION
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, unveiled his plans Tuesday for the Food Stamp Integrity Act of 2016, legislation he plans to sponsor this week. Poliquin said the bill will make it harder for people to replace missing cards and bans those convicted of welfare fraud and drug trafficking from ever receiving benefits.

Poliquin proposes bill to target food stamp fraud

By Scott Taylor, Sun Journal on July 19, 2016, at 1:51 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin said he will submit a federal bill this week to attack welfare fraud, making it harder for people to get replacement Electronic Benefit Transfer cards and banning people convicted of fraud and drug offenses from getting benefits for life.