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Chellie Pingree: Reduced Methadone Reimbursement of 'Urgent Concern'

Maine's cuts to methadone treatment centers have gotten the attention of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, who is asking the federal government to resolve the issue.
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At Columbus Day Rallies, Opposing Views on Indian Pride

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Two groups used the Columbus Day holiday to highlight starkly different views of Indian pride on Monday in and around Skowhegan.
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After a 15-month probe, investigators with the Dutch Safety Board have concluded that a Russian Buk missile took down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine last year.

The crash in July 2014 killed all 298 people on board, most of whom were from the Netherlands.

The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is now being called "complete."

The Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation says most of the land along the Allagash was acquired by Maine in 1966. Now, nearly 50 years later, the foundation says a 40-acre site, also called the Lock Dam Lot, was privately purchased last month and donated to the state of Maine.

The protected waterway runs for 92 miles from Telos Dam in Penobscot County northward to West Twin Brook in Aroostook.

WASHINGTON — A program that pays for veterans in rural areas to get health care closer to home would become permanent under a new bill.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin's bill, Helping our Rural Veterans Receive Health Care Act, would extend a program that pays for veterans who live more than about an hour's drive from a VA hospital to get their care at private hospitals locally.

After just a week back on the job, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is making his presence felt in a big way, announcing plans to cut up to 8 percent of the workforce at the money-losing messaging company.

The cuts, some 336 of them, were approved by Twitter's board on Monday, as part of what the company calls "an overall plan to organize around the company's top product priorities and drive efficiencies."

In corporate speak, that means: "We need to get our act together before too many more investors lose patience with us."

ACTON, Maine - Biologists in Maine and New Hampshire say they have confirmed discovery of an invasive plant in a body of water on the border of the two states.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says the species is European naiad and was found in the Salmon Falls River. The river has shorelines in Lebanon and Acton, Maine, and Milton, New Hampshire.

The biologists say the plant is able to overtake native lake habitats. It grows from a seed into seven-foot-long plants, and a one-acre infestation can generate tens of millions of seeds per season.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine health and human services officials say the number of state residents enrolled in the food stamps program has dropped below 200,000 for the first time in more than six years.

The state Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Family Independence says 199,157 people were enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, in September. There were slightly less people receiving food stamps in February 2009. Officials say the figure is a decline from a high of 255,663 in February 2012.

In an effort to move beyond recent controversy, Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it will no longer accept reimbursement for any fetal tissue it provides to medical researchers.

The organization has been the subject of negative attention in recent weeks following the release of highly edited sting videos recorded by an anti-abortion group alleging that Planned Parenthood illegally profits from its fetal tissue donation program.

JAY, Maine - A memorial service is being held for a Maine man who was a crewmember on board a cargo ship that sank in Hurricane Joaquin.

The Kennebec Journal reports that the celebration of life for Michael Holland will be held 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Jay Community Building.

Holland was one of 33 people who were on board the El Faro cargo ship when it departed from Florida on Sept. 29. Family members have said three others are from Maine.

TURNER, Maine — A quick response from coaches and medical technicians is being credited with saving the life of a senior football player in Maine.

The Sun Journal reports that Leavitt Area High School senior football player Adam Smith suffered a ruptured spleen in the second half of a Saturday afternoon game against Greely High School in Cumberland Center.

Our Ideas series is exploring innovation in education.

Some version of this criticism has likely echoed since the rise of compulsory schooling during the Progressive era: Teachers tend to teach to the middle, leaving struggling students feeling lost and more advanced students bored.

Everyone too often gets the same books, material, homework. The same level of difficulty.



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