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Christian Powers, 41, has Asperger's syndrome and lives in Gorham. He has two college degrees but only works part time because he is afraid he'll lose disability benefits if he makes too much money.

7 little-known ways to help Maine people with disabilities to work

By Corlyn Voorhees on April 25, 2017, at 6:20 a.m.
The harsh reality for people with disabilities — work and struggle to afford medicine, or stay home and struggle to live — is well known, but there are programs and incentives out there to ease the transition to work. It’s just that few people seem to know about them.
The Maine State House is pictured in January 2016.

LePage administration paid $315K for a consultant to rethink child care, then did nothing

By Matthew Stone on April 04, 2017, at 6:26 a.m.
The state told federal regulators it planned to carry out the consultant’s recommendations and re-upped with the consultant after its first proposal. But it appears there are no plans to follow through.
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Telstar High School's front office is pictured Feb. 27, 2017.

A way rural Maine students can better understand their communities

By Erin Rhoda on March 03, 2017, at 10:10 a.m.
Here’s a way for high school students to think deeply about where they come from and their role in their community.
While Maine's infant mortality rate climbs, the group tasked with understanding those deaths has not met or reviewed deaths.

1 way to address rising infant mortality in Maine

By Brad Bohon on Jan. 21, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
Maine is the only state to see a higher infant mortality rate in this decade than the previous decade.
Safi Paulo (center) is surrounded by her children shortly after returning home to Thomaston from work, checking Facebook on her smartphone while chatting with her sister-in-law Yalla Kaluta (not shown) and relaxing in the kitchen.

What rural Maine can learn from Iowa’s efforts to draw new people

By Linda Silka on Jan. 20, 2017, at 6:12 a.m.
Years of hard times have led Iowans to discover new industries and new approaches.
Kelley Strout is pictured at the One Life Project event at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on May 4, 2016.

Here’s my contribution to help end the stigma of addiction

By Kelley Strout on Jan. 19, 2017, at 6:34 a.m.
I was overcome with emotion when I opened the class by asking this question: “Please stand if someone you love has died from a heroin overdose.” Half of my students stood up.
A WIC recipient and her son sit for an appointment at Bangor Public Health & Community Services on Jan. 12.

Mary Mayhew insists on photo IDs for infant nutrition program and loses $1.4M

By Matthew Stone on Jan. 11, 2017, at 8:10 a.m.
The demand by Maine’s top health official has stalled an upgrade required by federal law to a program that helps new moms buy healthy food.
A hunter stands out among brown fall trees in Oxbow on Nov. 8, 2016.

Where Maine is losing its workers the fastest

By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 06, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
Over the last 45 years, Maine had the greatest portion of people in their prime working years in 1999.
Daylight hits the Aroostook River in Oxbow Plantation, on Election Day, Nov. 8.

The Maine towns with the greatest percentage of empty homes

By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 05, 2017, at 6:25 a.m.
Maine lost population unevenly over the last 15 years. Some counties hollowed out, while others grew in population.
Writing over the door in a hallway of Piscataquis Community Secondary School, which serves the seventh through 12th-grade students of School Administrative District 4. The district's 2016-17 budget was narrowly approved by voters during the Nov. 8 election.

The poorest Maine school districts that pay the most

By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 04, 2017, at 7:16 a.m.
The cost that each local community pays each year varies in Maine from $2,000 per student to $25,000 per student.
Left: Lines of potato barrels, families and old cars in the fields were commons sights back in the middle of the 20th Century. Fort Kent photographer Velma Daigle captured it all with her camera on 35mm color slides. The photo is courtesy of the Fort Kent Historical Society. Right, Terry Theriault exits his delimber while working off the Golden Road in this July 2015 file photo by Ashley L. Conti.

How did your small Maine town shape you?

By Erin Rhoda on Nov. 01, 2016, at 2:48 p.m.
We’d like to hear from you about your experience growing up in small-town Franklin, Somerset, Piscataquis, upper Penobscot, Aroostook, Washington or Hancock counties. How did your hometown shape who you are today, and what has changed in your hometown throughout the years?
 Pat Kimball is the former executive director of Wellspring.

I’ve seen how nonjudgmental adults can reach kids

By Pat Kimball on Oct. 20, 2016, at 6:30 a.m.
Most of my day was spent in my office located in the high school, and I can testify it was never empty or silent. What I discovered was that it was the only safe place in the building for many students who had no place they felt welcome.
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew is pictured in a 2015 file photo.

Auditor finds DHHS misspent $13M in welfare funds

By Matthew Stone on Oct. 18, 2016, at 5:40 p.m.
The department “took an overly aggressive approach” that signals “troublesome” practices when it comes to managing federal grant awards.
BANGOR, MAINE -- 09/20/2016 - High school students and their chaperones interact during the One Life Project - Youth Voice event at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Sept. 20. The program brought together more than 100 high school students from around the state to ask them how adults can better support young people, so they don't turn to drugs.

5 ways I see drug prevention working

By Liz Blackwell-Moore on Oct. 06, 2016, at 6:24 a.m.
Here’s what our communities are doing.
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.
The BDN conducted the survey after learning no one in Maine had a comprehensive understanding of what schools are doing to prevent substance use.

Why the BDN decided to survey all Maine schools

By Rosie Hughes on Sept. 22, 2016, at 6:20 a.m.
We did the survey after learning no one in Maine had a comprehensive understanding of what schools are doing to prevent substance use.
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.

Why you should take Maine’s rising infant mortality rate seriously

By Jake Emerson on Aug. 17, 2016, at 6:18 a.m.
Here’s why Maine probably didn’t lose this much ground due to random chance.

When Maine wasn’t looking, more babies began to die

By Adanya Lustig and Erin Rhoda on Aug. 17, 2016, at 6:18 a.m.
This state is the only one to see a higher infant mortality rate in this decade than the last. A panel charged with tracking the deaths is unable to do its work.
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.