Maine Things Considered

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HARTLAND, Maine — More states are increasingly turning to children's savings accounts as a way of promoting a "college-going" culture and reducing student loan debt over the long term.

Maine is recognized as a national leader on this front.

But getting large numbers of families in the state, especially low-income ones, to save for their youngest members has been a challenge.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The district attorney for Kennebec and Somerset Counties wants tougher penalties for the crime of terrorizing, which is applied in prosecutions of school bomb threats, among other things. Advocates say the change could deter such acts, but critics question that claim.

District Attorney Maeghan Maloney says several bomb threats at Cony High School in Augusta last June prompted her to call for an increase in the penalty for the crime of terrorizing. Right now it's a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

PORTLAND, Maine — Two days after they started getting calls about a Facebook page showing explicit pictures of what appeared to be underage girls, Maine State Police are working on the very complicated case.

The police worked with Facebook to remove that site, but more sites have popped up.

Police say it's not clear whether the pages are being published by one or several people, or why they're doing it. But they say when they're caught, they could face charges as serious as the dissemination of child pornography.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Municipal officials, struggling with uncertainty over the costs of providing General Assistance benefits to legal nonresidents, have received letters from the state confirming that cash reimbursement is on its way.

Tim Leary

SACO, Maine — Several Maine dairy farms are pondering their future this week after finding themselves without a way of getting their milk to market. The reason? The hauler who transports their milk says it's no longer profitable to do so.