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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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WASHINGTON D.C. - A bill designed to make it easier for small farms to get local meat onto people's tables is being reintroduced in Washington, by legislators from Maine and Kentucky.

LEWISTON, Maine- Social activist, author, and educator, Geoffrey Canada, will address students Sunday morning, when Bates College holds its annual commencement exercises.

   MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A federally funded economic development organization that has helped bring and save hundreds of jobs to depressed areas of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and upstate New York is slated for elimination under President Donald Trump's budget.

AUGUSTA, Maine- Maine Department of Health and Human Services administrator, Ricker Hamilton, will serve as the department's acting commissioner. Hamilton, who holds a master’s of social work from Boston College was appointed to the post by Gov. Paul LePage on Friday, to fill the hole left by the resignation of Mary Mayhew. 

Wealthy Group Buys Heart of a Poor Maine Town to Build an Artist Colony

May 27, 2017
Ashley L. Conti / Bangor Daily News

MONSON, Maine — A nonprofit foundation bought a huge chunk of this small rural town and plans to spend as much as $10 million revitalizing it.

The Libra Foundation has since October spent $750,000 buying a dozen houses, a community center and a general store along Monson’s main drag — as well as a farm on North Guilford Road, said Erik K. Hayward, Libra’s senior vice president.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter and a noted foreign policy expert and thinker, died Friday at the age of 89.

His daughter, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, announced his death on Twitter and Instagram:

In a Saturday morning statement, former President Obama called Brzezinski a "passionate advocate for American leadership."

A 30-year-old land conservation program, whose last two rounds of voter-approved bond funding were delayed in a political battle with Gov. Paul LePage, says it should have the cash in hand this fall.

Land for Maine’s Future Director Sarah Demers says the group is putting out a call for new project proposals focused on protecting important land resources.

Heavy rains in Sri Lanka have prompted devastating mudslides and flooding, killing at least 91 people and leaving more than 100 missing, according to authorities.

Search and rescue operations are currently underway, the Sri Lankan Disaster Management Center says.

Five rivers in the south and west of the island have flooded, affecting more than 61,000 people, the agency says.

One woman who is cheering Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to release 17 prisoners early is Carol Blakeny of Cumberland.

“To be honest with you, I wasn’t a big LePage fan until now,” she says with a laugh.

Blakeny says her son has been told that he’s among several inmates at the Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren whose sentence is being commuted by the governor.

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