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‘We’re Desperate, We Need Help’ — Parents Say Mental Health System Failed Suicidal Daughter

The parents of a Lewiston Middle School student who died by suicide this week say their daughter’s story reveals a complete breakdown in Maine’s mental health system. Anie Graham’s parents say there should be distinct protocols to help kids at risk of suicide, and properly trained providers who are available to help.

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Tiger Woods released a statement Monday night blaming medications for his arrest on a DUI charge in Florida.

"I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions.

"I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.

By the end of the state legislative session in Texas on Monday, the Capitol had devolved into scuffles and grave accusations. A Democratic lawmaker had accused his GOP colleague of threatening to "put a bullet" in another lawmaker's head. That GOP state representative, meanwhile, accused a counterpart of threatening his life, saying he was prepared to use his gun in self-defense.

To understand how the day ended this way, one must first rewind to its start.

With the end of the session in site, the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee had hoped to wrap up work on a two-year state budget next week. But Gov. Paul LePage has just handed them an extra assignment, in the form of a 133-page change package. It contains several major proposals that lawmakers are just now seeing for the first time.

AUGUSTA, Maine - It's nearly safe to be a turkey in Maine again.
Maine's statewide turkey hunt ends on June 3. Hunters are allowed to take two bearded turkeys in most of the state.
The rules are slightly different in parts of far northern Maine, where hunters are limited to one bird. Hunters are also restricted in terms of which weeks they are allowed to hunt in far northern Maine for most of the season.
However, all hunters are allowed to hunt turkeys during the final week of the season, which begins Monday.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Imagine diving into coral reefs or exploring the surface of Mars from your school desk.
Maine educators are going to get some help learning how to bring virtual reality into the classroom.
The Maine Department of Education and the Maine State Library are hosting a free virtual reality expo on June 19.
The state library will be filled with local schools and educational organizations learning about the new tools.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Art students in Maine are planning to liven up the downtown area of their capital city with a series of murals, with support from community organizations.

The Kennebec Journal reports that Augusta officials hope the diverse slate of artwork will bring vibrancy to a downtown area in order to help stimulate economic development through arts and culture.

Experts were invited to Augusta in 2013 to critique what was needed to spur economic and community development. They noted that downtown lacked public art.

If you know anything about New Orleans public schools, you probably know this: Hurricane Katrina wiped them out and almost all the schools became privately run charters.

Many of those schools subscribed to the no excuses discipline model — the idea that if you crack down on slight misbehavior, you can prevent bigger issues from erupting.

Hidden in green hills east of South Korea's capital is the House of Sharing, a nursing home for elderly women.

It's a bright, spacious place. But its residents are survivors of a dark chapter of history.

"It was 1942 and I was only 15, running an errand for my parents [in our Korean hometown of Busan], when two Japanese men in uniform grabbed me by the arms and dragged me away," recalls Lee Ok-seon, now aged 90. "That's how I became enslaved."

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Through nearly four decades, at least five presidential administrations and seemingly countless Super Bowls and World Series, NPR listeners could depend on at least one thing in the ever-unpredictable world of athletics: Frank Deford. A mainstay on Morning Edition, the Hall of Fame sportswriter was public radio's scholar of sports for some 37 years before hanging up his cleats earlier this year.

Fourteen years later, Rep. Walter B. Jones still remembers with full clarity the day he started to regret his vote to go to war.

"This is the first funeral I went to that made me started thinking that I made the wrong decision of giving (President George W.) Bush the authority to go into Iraq," said Jones, pointing to a picture of Marine Sgt. Michael Bitz.


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