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.
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.
Kindergarten teacher Terri Lowe with student Tristan Kobayashi at Foulks Ranch Elementary School in Elk Grove, California, on Aug. 28, 2012.

Maine among worst places in country to make living as a teacher, financial website says

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 4:56 p.m.
If you want to become a teacher, Maine is among the toughest places in the country to make a living once you step into the classroom, according to a report released Monday by a finance website.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency seized about a pound of crack cocaine, as well as fentanyl and a loaded firearm during a drug raid Tuesday, May 10, in Fairfield.

Overall crime rate down, but violent crimes on rise in Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 26, 2016, at 4:09 p.m.
While the state’s overall crime rate decreased last year, violent crimes against people in Maine increased, with drugs blamed as the “driving force” behind them, according to state law enforcement officials.
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.”
Lindsay Knight

Lisbon woman charged in overnight stabbing

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 25, 2016, at 8:33 p.m.
The victim declined medical attention.

Lisbon police probe parking lot stabbing

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 25, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
Police say three people were involved in the stabbing incident Sunday morning.

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.
Twenty golf carts were destroyed in the fire.

20 golf carts burned at Poland golf course

By CBS 13 on Sept. 22, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.
The golf course manager said the fire marshal told her the fire was deliberately set.
Police say they're looking for whoever threw four kittens out of a moving car in western Maine.

Litter of kittens thrown from moving car in Sumner

By CBS 13 on Sept. 21, 2016, at 9:51 a.m.
Two of the kittens were found dead, and one appears to have been severely beaten.
Jonathan Order

Man accused of stabbing Lewiston police corporal five times

By CBS 13 on Sept. 19, 2016, at 11:23 a.m.
A Lewiston police corporal was stabbed five times while trying to arrest a man early Monday morning.
Firefighters battled a fire on Oak Street fire in Lewiston on Sunday night into Monday morning.

Six families affected by 3-alarm apartment fire in Lewiston

By CBS 13 on Sept. 19, 2016, at 8:22 a.m.
Officials said at one point there were seven fire departments on scene.
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.
A 48-year-old woman from Casco suffered "serious traumatic injuries" after her car crashed on Route 11 in Naples Saturday afternoon.

Woman suffers ‘traumatic injuries’ in Naples crash

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 18, 2016, at 7:55 a.m.
Ruth Bliss suffered “serious traumatic injuries” after her car left the roadway struck several trees.
African migrants celebrate the groundbreaking at a farm in Lewiston.

African farmers find refuge from civil war in Lewiston hayfield

By Jennifer Mitchell, MPBN on Sept. 17, 2016, at 9:40 a.m.
“We are from a country that has a civil war. We don’t want to get into a fight. For us coming here, we feel like it’s safe and home,” Hussein Muktar said.

Androscoggin Courthouse & Jail and the battle over the county seat

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 12:02 p.m.
Auburn extends 12 miles along the west side of the Androscoggin River, encompassing over 50 square miles, one-sixth of which is water. When Androscoggin county was organized on March 18, 1854, it acquired Auburn, Danville, Durham, Minot, and Poland from Cumberland County; East Livermore, Greene, Leeds, and Wales from Kennebec; Lewiston, Lisbon, and Webster from Lincoln; and Livermore and Turner from Oxford. It includes the last half of …

Maine Town and City Clerks Association announces annual awards winners

By Eliza Porter on Sept. 15, 2016, at 12:46 p.m.
STATE — Winners of the Maine Town and City Clerks Association annual awards are: * Kim McLaughlin, town clerk of Old Orchard Beach, was named Clerk of the Year on Sept. 13 at the Maine Town and City Clerks’ Association’s 21st annual business meeting. The award is presented annually to a …