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Police send out Amber Alert for missing 3-year-old

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 04, 2016, at 10 a.m.
It is possible that the male and female who may be with the toddler do not know that police are looking for her.
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The end of the state’s 27 Healthy Maine Partnerships comes as the Maine Department of Health and Human Services changes the way it handles substance use, tobacco and chronic disease prevention, but with little public explanation of the changes it’s making.

Maine dissolves 27 local public health groups with little explanation

By Adanya Lustig, Matthew Stone and Rosie Hughes on Sept. 30, 2016, at 4 p.m.
The LePage administration is undoing a structure created after years of statewide discussion and planning.
One Life Project - Youth Voice.

These are some of the best ways to prevent drug use

on Sept. 30, 2016, at 6:19 a.m.
Does your local school know about them?
Matthew Braun leads the Biddeford chapter of Young People in Recovery.

As a teen this man felt so alone. How his school could have helped.

on Sept. 29, 2016, at 6:12 a.m.
Principals want to better support students’ mental health, but they need the tools — and guidance themselves.
Ally Beeman, 13, reacts to her "big" through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Tabitha Fillion, while waiting for sunset at the harbor in Rockland on a brisk evening in mid-September.

‘An urge to help': How a caring adult changes the course of a child’s life

on Sept. 28, 2016, at 6:21 a.m.
Maine, however, is neither funding its mentoring programs nor advising them.

Augusta father charged in connection with near drowning of toddler

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 27, 2016, at 8:27 p.m.
Mills said the 2-year-old has recovered and is doing well.
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Civic leaders from Augusta, Bangor, Brewer and Holden held a press conference Monday, expressing their support for ranked-choice voting in Maine. The event was held at the Bangor Public Library.

Backers of ranked-choice voting say it would add civility to campaigns

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 27, 2016, at 3:12 p.m.
“We used to be a country where we talked about ideas. Now we’re more concerned in what not to do or who is going to get credit for something,” said Augusta Mayor David Rollins.

Ranked choice voting

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 27, 2016, at 3:05 p.m.
Daren the lion asks for a high-five at a D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony.

The research isn’t with D.A.R.E — but police love it, and Maine schools still use it

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 6:12 a.m.
Around 60 schools in Maine still use D.A.R.E., more than any other packaged program.
"I was there," U.S. Army veteran Rob Jones, 23, of Brewer said when Iraq was mentioned in the presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Scrooge McDuck versus mac and cheese? Mainers react to presidential debate.

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:08 p.m.
Mainers’ reactions to Monday’s showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drew reactions ranging from the serious to the surreal to the incredulous.

Director, policy and planning, Maine Turnpike Authority, named to board of directors of International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association

on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:12 a.m.
High school students and school staff interact during the event One Life Project - Youth Voice at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Sept. 20.

Maine teens shared these raw, powerful ideas to prevent addiction

on Sept. 26, 2016, at 6:42 a.m.
“Our generation is dealing with these issues firsthand, so we should have a say in the decisions that will be made.”

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.”
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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.
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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.