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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.”
 The larger of these two sister cows jumped out of a trailer en route to its new home in Cambridge on Friday and was on the lam for nearly seven hours before a Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office deputy used a Taser to subdue it in order to capture it.

Maine deputy uses Taser to subdue runaway cow

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 30, 2016, at 3:35 p.m.
“When I got there, I spoke to the farmer and said, ‘How about we try something crazy. How about we try and Taser it.’”
The Maine Warden Service called in a Maine Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter to help rescue a 14-year-old Appalachian Trail hiker from Virginia who injured his leg on Barren Mountain, southeast of Greenville.

Appalachian Trail hiker, 14, rescued from Barren Mountain

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 24, 2016, at 8:36 p.m.
The 14-year-old was flown to C.A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville for treatment of his injury, Cpl. John MacDonald said.

Man gets 2 years for heroin trafficking in Milo area

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 22, 2016, at 2:19 p.m.
A Milo man was sentenced to two years in prison on charges stemming from heroin trafficking in the Milo area.
Roger Belanger leaves the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building after the first day of his trial on Monday in Bangor.

Jury finds father, daughter guilty of operating drug ring

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 19, 2016, at 2:10 p.m.
Roger Belanger, 58, of Corinna and his daughter, Kelli Mujo, 40, of Wellington and Central Falls, Rhode Island, were found guilty Friday in U.S. District Court of running a drug distribution ring for a dozen years in the Dexter area.
Roger Belanger leaves the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building after the first day of his trial on Monday in Bangor.

Jury begins deliberating in drug trial of father/daughter duo

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 19, 2016, at 12:19 p.m.
A jury of eight women and four men began deliberating about 10:40 a.m. Friday in the trial of a father and daughter accused of running a drug distribution ring for a dozen years in the Dexter area.
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.
Robert Burton (right), who is accused of killing his girlfriend and then hiding in the woods for 68 days, enters a courtroom in Piscataquis County Superior Court in Dover-Foxcroft last year.

Murder trial of man who led police on Maine’s longest manhunt delayed

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 17, 2016, at 1:41 p.m.
Robert Burton, who is accused of shooting former girlfriend Stephanie Ginn Gebo, a 37-year-old single mother of two, has fired his attorney.

Sangerville Historical Society monthly meeting on Aug. 23

on Aug. 16, 2016, at 4:14 p.m.
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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.
Now little more than a rusting hulk, the Belford 99 car at this railyard in the Milo village of Derby once hosted presidents and tycoons.

Time is running out for historic railcar that carried US presidents

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 13, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“I’m looking for a buyer who will honor her rich history and do an historical rebuild,” Lindsey Bell said.
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Food scrap recycling isn’t just for southern Maine anymore. Rural Maine takes a bite at the apple.

By Christopher Burns on Aug. 13, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Organics recycling has become a focal point in the debate about the future of waste management in the state.

Man hospitalized following collision with tractor-trailer on Telos Road

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 12, 2016, at 2:19 p.m.
A collision between a tractor-trailer and a pickup truck in rural Piscataquis County sent one man to the hospital Thursday.
A chart for a diploma, re-imagined by Matt Drewette-Card, curriculum coordinator for AOS 94 in Dexter.

What happens to Maine students who don’t meet proficiency standards?

By Robbie Feinberg, MPBN on Aug. 11, 2016, at 8:30 p.m.
Some school districts worry that the new, high standards could leave some students unable to earn a diploma. Two Maine districts are handling the problem by re-imagining what a diploma means.
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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.
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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.
Rangers with the Maine Forest Service battle a fire on Monday on an island in Upper Lead Mountain Pond.

Maine forest rangers battling three wildfires

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 08, 2016, at 5:55 p.m.
Maine Forest Service rangers are battling three wildfires, each of them in remote locations, a district ranger said late Monday afternoon.

Foxcroft Academy to dedicate room in honor of Michelle Emily Buck

on Aug. 04, 2016, at 7:57 a.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT –­ Life is precious. For a family living after an untimely death, returning to normal life is difficult. Dr. Alfred S. Buck is living proof. On Dec. 17, 2015, in Virginia, Buck’s 19-­year-old granddaughter, Michelle, was struck in a crosswalk by a vehicle and died as a result of the …

Police identify victims of fatal Parkman crash

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 01, 2016, at 6:58 p.m.
The crash on North Dexter Road remains under investigation