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Motivated college students sought to take action to alleviate hunger

on Sept. 12, 2016, at 8:49 a.m.
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.”
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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.
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.
Kim Wagaman, a behavioral therapist, takes Dustin Strasser, 19, left, to visit Evan Roth, 12, whom he helps mentor.

We want to know: Have you ever been a mentor or mentee?

By Adanya Lustig on Aug. 18, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
We want to know about how some people uplift the lives of others, even when they don’t have to.

Police arrest 5 on drug charges, seize heroin and cocaine in Augusta bust

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 16, 2016, at 9:32 a.m.
Police found 2 ½ grams of cocaine and 10 grams of heroin.
POLL QUESTION

Three Ruby Tuesday restaurants close in Maine

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 15, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
The Ruby Tuesday restaurant at the Bangor Mall has closed, apparently along with the South Portland and Biddeford locations.
MAINE FOCUS
Research has shown home visits reduce the likelihood of pregnancy complications, infant deaths, family violence and child maltreatment. They also contribute to improved parenting practices and school readiness. But the state hasn't followed through on its commitment to increase access to home visiting and improve collaboration between home visiting agencies.

Maine got millions to help moms and babies, but has little to show for it

By Matthew Stone on Aug. 15, 2016, at 6:18 a.m.
DHHS said it would reach more families and collaborate with other home visiting programs. But competition between the groups has only gotten worse.
Ruben Givens

Bronx man, Augusta woman arrested on heroin, crack trafficking charges

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 14, 2016, at 6:17 p.m.
A New York man and a woman from Augusta were arrested late Friday afternoon in connection with a heroin and crack cocaine trafficking operation being conducted in and around the state’s capital city.
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.

Ex-UMaine at Augusta athletic director settles lawsuit for $30,000

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 10, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
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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.