Maine Things Considered

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PORTLAND, Maine - An advocate for alleged sexual abuse victims in Haiti is on trial for defamation in Federal District Court in Portland.

Paul Kendrick is accused of making "false and heinous" allegations that Michael Geilenfeld sexually abused boys at the orphanage he founded in Port-au-Pince.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage has cited the First Amendment as a defense against allegations that he abused his authority in pressuring a private Maine charter school into firing Maine House Speaker Mark Eves, a political adversary.

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LEWISTON, Maine - On any given night, there are nearly 50,000 veterans nationwide who don't have a place to  live, according to ta federal survey last year. A Massachusetts-based non-profit, Veterans Inc., is dedicated to lowering that number.  It's opened a new residential facility in central Maine, a converted elementary school in downtown Lewiston.

There's an outbreak of hepatitis C in the state, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control.

Both acute and chronic cases of the liver infection have surged to an all-time high due in large part to the increase in heroin use.

Health advocates say reducing hepatitis C will take more treatment and prevention programs, as well as more empathy for those affected by the disease.

Hepatitis C is the most common chronic blood-borne infection in the U.S., but it can take years for symptoms — such as nausea, fatigue, and dark colored urine — to surface.

He was known as the "bee man" and the "buccaneer of buzz." But Burt Shavitz, who died over the weekend in Bangor at the age of 80, is most famous for being the face of Burt's Bees, the natural personal care products line he co-founded with Roxanne Quimby back in the 1980s in the back of a pickup truck in Guilford, Maine.