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In a time when police are in the headlines over race relations and shootings, what are the challenges for law enforcement? We'll discuss the role of police in the community, as well as training and education, workload, drug enforcement and other issues. Guests:  Michael Sauschuck, Portland Police Chief  Joel Merry, Sheriff of Sagadahoc County and president of Maine Sheriff's Association  Colonel Robert Williams with Maine State Police 

UMaine to Host Science Summit

14 hours ago

ORONO, Maine (AP) _ The University of Maine will host a four-day conference about engineering in the fields of agriculture and biology.

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) _ The federal Health Resources and Services Administration is giving nearly $900,000 to University of New England to help the school grow the state's health care workforce.

PORTLAND, Maine_ About 100 customers in Maine are still without electricity early Sunday morning, following Saturday's batch of storms that knocked out power to more 700 in Southern Maine, mostly in York and Cumberland counties. All are within the Central Maine Power service area.

Maine Chicks to Help Restore Loons to Massachusetts

19 hours ago

WINDHAM, Maine (AP) _ The common loon's haunting wail that pierced the dusk on Massachusetts lakes disappeared long ago.

   WHITEFIELD, Maine (AP) _ The federal government will pay nearly $400,000 to help remove an aging dam on the Sheepscott River to allow imperiled fish species such as the Atlantic salmon to pass through.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The Maine Governor's Energy Office says high gas inventories have contributed to a dip in price of heating fuel in Maine.

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Figuring out how to deal with “problem children” in the classroom has always been a challenge for teachers and administrators. These students, who often have social and emotional problems, have traditionally been punished with a trip the principal’s office, or with detentions and suspensions.

PORTLAND, Maine - A former Biddeford police officer is acknowledging having had sexual activity with a then-16 year-old male now accusing him of sexual abuse.

Biddeford native Matthew Lauzon has alleged abuse by retired officer Stephen Dodd.

In Thursday federal court filings, Dodd said the two met in an online chat-room in 2001 and engaged in sexual activity twice.

Dodd denied relying on his ``power and authority'' as an officer. He said Lauzon "took the lead'' in the sex acts.

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NEWRY, Maine - The site of one of the world's largest tourmaline finds has been put up for sale in Maine with an asking price of $2.7 million.

Listing agent Kevin Fletcher tells The Sun Journal that whoever purchases Plumbago Mountain could be in for a potential windfall should they dive in and manage to strike a vein.

For the asking price, buyers will acquire 2,222 acres with exclusive mining rights on 50 acres.

AUGUSTA, Maine - U.S Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald had some good news for those attending the annual Maine Military and Community Network conference:  He is extending the pilot ARCH program that allows veterans to get health care locally instead of driving to Togus.

The program was scheduled to end next month.  "So to address that challenge, I used an exception through the choice act to make sure veterans in Maine can continue to use the providers they use through project ARCH."

We often hear much about how China's economy is faring, how it's military is growing, and how it seeks a greater role on the world stage.  But what about the lives of the people of China? Which issues are important to them? Maine Public Radio's Keith Shortall recently spoke with Marketplace China correspondent Rob Schmitz about his new book 'Street of Eternal Happiness - Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road.'  Keith asked about the role of religion in present day China...