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Before addiction there’s a child

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 12:31 p.m.
A look at preventing one of the largest public health problems of this time.
The last time Jake had a full year of school was three years ago, in sixth grade.

The solitary journey of a Maine boy expelled from school

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 11:44 a.m.
It’s clear why many schools opt to kick out kids like Jake. But in the long run, doing so may cost more and make communities less safe.
Maine Focus
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services used federal funds in 2015 to pay for services for seniors and residents with disabilities even though federal law restricted the use of those funds to services for children and their families.

After denying it misused millions in welfare funds, Maine changed its spending to follow the law

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 19, 2016, at 6:13 a.m.
“The BDN has their facts wrong,” DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew said in June. Then, her department retroactively changed its spending to line up with the law.
The 150th anniversary of the Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta draw many veterans and several dignitaries Saturday.

150th anniversary of Togus VA Medical Center celebrated

By CBS 13 on Sept. 18, 2016, at 8:05 p.m.
National veterans officials and state dignitaries joined the celebration Saturday for the 150th anniversary of the Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta.
Sean Scanlon of Dresden Mills ran to the river bank, jumped in the water, grabbed the unresponsive child and swam back to shore, according to police. “The little boy is still fighting for his life,” Scanlon said Saturday. “I never saw him until I jumped in after him. I’m just a father.”

Toddler ‘fighting for his life’ after being pulled from Kennebec River

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 17, 2016, at 8:48 a.m.
The combined efforts of bystanders along the Kennebec River saved the life of a 2-year-old.
This image of Jewett Williams of Hodgdon, who served with the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War, was taken circa April 1922 when he was admitted because of senility to the Oregon State Hospital in Salem, Oregon, where he died later that year at the age of 78.

Dispute arises over Maine Civil War veteran’s final resting place

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 14, 2016, at 6:16 a.m.
“This has just gotten out of hand,” Adria Horn said. “It’s just out of control, for no reason.”
MAINE FOCUS
Carey Nason is the director of Hope Rising, a residential treatment program that provides 24-7 care to sex trafficking victims. The program is located at an undisclosed location in Penobscot County.

It’s one thing for a sex trafficking victim to escape. It’s another to heal.

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 13, 2016, at 6:14 a.m.
Recovery is possible, but all-encompassing care can be hard to find and fund.
MAINE FOCUS
Nurses like Michelle Markie, who have received Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner certification, are trained to record sexual assault victims' histories and collect evidence to help in the prosecution of their abusers. Markie, who works at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, estimated she personally encounters two to three cases of sex trafficking in her unit per year. She is pictured at a recent art auction to raise money for Hope Rising, a residential treatment program for survivors of the crime of human trafficking.

How 1 nurse knows when she’s looking at a victim of sex trafficking

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 13, 2016, at 6:14 a.m.
Over the past four years, Michelle Markie has personally encountered about two to three cases of trafficking in her unit per year.

Motivated college students sought to take action to alleviate hunger

on Sept. 12, 2016, at 8:49 a.m.
AUGUSTA — The Maine Hunger Dialogue is seeking college students angry that millions of people around the world, and thousands in Maine, do not have enough to eat. And who are motivated to do something about it. “From Outrage to Action” is the theme of the third annual Maine Hunger …
MAINE FOCUS
The sun sets on the Portland skyline. Sex trafficking is a problem in Maine towns and cities like Portland, where traffickers translate their deep understanding of how to manipulate and use people into personal gain.

What drives Maine sex traffickers’ inhumanity

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 12, 2016, at 6 a.m.
A look at the motives and calculations behind forcing people into the sex trade.
MAINE FOCUS
Sara was one of the 200 to 300 people in Maine estimated to be victims of sex trafficking each year.

Inside the minds of Maine’s sex trafficking victims

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 09, 2016, at 8:42 a.m.
Broke, with nobody to turn to, here’s how one 15-year-old Maine girl came to ‘the Life.’
MAINE FOCUS
For more than a year, a half-dozen organizations have relied on federal money to provide coaching and care coordination, psychiatric treatment and peer-to-peer mentoring to young adults.  On Aug. 23, those organizations received a letter from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services announcing all funding will cease Sept. 30.

With no explanation, Maine rejects scarce funds for young people with mental illness

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 08, 2016, at 11:02 a.m.
“To refuse these dollars makes no sense, especially because other states are using these dollars and using them well,” said Arabella Perez who previously led one of the organizations involved in the federally funded initiative. “We just don’t understand the decision behind this.”
MAINE FOCUS
Portland Police Officer Mark Keller said his department stages sting operations targeting johns a few times a year. He'd like to see more, but resources, manpower and expertise are in short supply.

Maine police know sex trafficking is here, yet many still fail to fight it

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 08, 2016, at 6:17 a.m.
“Our range of what we can do is very limited,” said one police officer. “We’re losing.”
POLL QUESTION
Members of the community hold up signs during a rally to show opposition to Gov. Paul LePage Tuesday in Capitol Park, across from the State House, in Augusta. Hundreds of people came out to listen to speakers and show support for LePage resigning from office.

Hundreds rally in effort to convince LePage to resign

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 30, 2016, at 9:04 p.m.
The Augusta rally was organized in response to a string of public statements by Gov. Paul LePage that have attracted negative national attention.

Teen accused of leading police on chase in stolen van

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 26, 2016, at 6:21 p.m.
Gardiner police and a Maine State Police trooper joined the pursuit as the juvenile allegedly reached speeds of nearly 90 mph.

Man accused of exposing self in Augusta park where children play

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 26, 2016, at 6:18 p.m.
Wayne Smith, 65, was charged with indecent conduct, a Class E crime, Maj. Jared Mills said Friday in a press release.
Dewey Baker

70-year-old Windsor man found

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 23, 2016, at 9:42 p.m.
Dewey Baker is weak but alive and is being treated by medical personnel.
Dewey Baker

Search underway for missing 70-year-old Windsor man

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 23, 2016, at 9:34 p.m.
Game wardens believe Dewey Baker is wearing green jeans, a light-colored T-shirt and white sneakers.

A surprising use for beeswax: Paint.

By Micky Bedell on Aug. 23, 2016, at 9:20 a.m.
Helene Farrar paints and carves beeswax on wood panels with a variety of different inspirations, including more straightforward subjects like owls and fields of poppies as well as more philosophical ideas such as “what we carry,” all from her studio in Manchester. The art style is called encaustic painting.
Maine Veterans Affairs officials hand the remains of Army Pvt. Jewett Williams of Hodgdon, who fought for the Union Army in the famed 20th Maine, back to some Patriot Guard Riders who traveled across the country with him from Oregon over the past few days during a ceremony on Monday outside the Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta.

Civil War veteran’s remains make it home to Maine

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 22, 2016, at 6:58 p.m.
The Civil War soldier from Maine whose remains were stored haphazardly at the Oregon State Hospital for nearly 100 years has finally come home.