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The Maine Board of Dental Practice has temporarily suspended the license of Lewiston dentist Dr. Jan Kippax after it says he put the health and safety of his patients and staff in immediate jeopardy.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

A new initiative is aiming to boost Maine’s labor force by paying off workers’ student debt.

The Alfond Leaders program is a partnership between the Finance Authority of Maine and the Harold Alfond Foundation. Under the new three-year, $5.5 million program, about 150 Maine employees in the science, technology, engineering and math fields will be eligible to receive up to $60,000 to pay off student loans.

Alfond Foundation Chairman Greg Powell says the idea of the program is to keep Maine’s graduates in the state, and potentially lure workers away from other states as well.

Courtesy University of New England

The University of New England has announced its new president:  Dr. James Herbert, executive vice provost at Drexel University in Philadelphia, will replace outgoing President Danielle Ripich this July. 

Under the tenure of Ripich, UNE opened colleges of pharmacy and dental medicine.  Herbert says he plans to continue to strengthen the university's health sciences programs.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins met Tuesday with a group that's been actively pressuring Maine's congressional delegation to oppose President Donald Trump's policies.  The group, Mainers for Accountable Leadership, is helping organize protests scheduled for Wednesday.

The group has been pressuring Collins on everything from the fate of the Affordable Care Act to votes on Trump's cabinet picks. It has also asked the Republican to hold a town hall meeting.

AUGUSTA, Maine - More than 200 demonstrators have gathered outside the State House in Augusta for a "Not My Presidents Day'' rally to oppose Republican President Donald Trump and his administration.
 
The Kennebec Journal reports that protesters on Monday chanted slogans including "We need a leader, not a creepy tweeter,'' and held up signs such as "Impeach Trump'' and "Not Our President.''
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine agency that holds the state's tourism account is picking up another high-profile client.
 
Nancy Marshall Communications has been named the agency of record for The Orvis Company, the fly-fishing retailer based in Vermont.
 

MILLINOCKET, Maine - Officials say a man slid more than 1,000 feet and died while climbing on Mount Katahdin over the weekend.

Officials with Baxter State Park in Millinocket say the 68-year-old Holden man had been camping with a large group and was trying to climb the Abol Trail with a companion Saturday when he lost his footing and fell.

Park rangers responded, but the man was declared dead at the scene. His name hasn't been released.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

CAMDEN, Maine - Immigration will be a hot topic again this week as President Donald Trump prepares to issue his new executive order this week.

AUGUSTA, Maine - When President Donald Trump unveils his infrastructure plan - expected to happen within the next few weeks - Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King says he hopes it will include an expansion of broadband.

King says Maine has the backbone for broadband in place but many rural areas still lag behind.

“It’s like a superhighway, it’s like an interstate without exits," King says. "It’s very hard to get
the broadband from the superhighway out into the communities, particularly rural communities.”

After a police officer shot and killed a man in Portland this weekend, advocacy groups are calling for the city to speed up its timeline on buying and using police body cameras.

Steven Biel with Progressive Portland, a group joined by the ACLU of Maine in calling for the change, says the City Council has budgeted $400,000 for body cameras starting in fiscal year 2019. But he says the shooting of 22-year-old Chase David Baker by Sgt. Nicholas Goodman illustrates why police need body cameras sooner.

WISCASSET, Maine - A working farm and an environmental group are sponsoring a forum about food security in Lincoln County, Maine.
 
The event will take place on March 4 and will be hosted by farm and education center The Morris Farm and environmental education organization Chewonki.
 
The groups say the event is the third annual Forum on Food Security in Lincoln County. They say about 14 percent of the county's population is food insecure, meaning residents don't have the resources for three balanced meals per day.
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - For those who want to really know where their meat is coming from, there's a cooking class for you.
 
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has been partnering with Maine's community colleges to offer wild game cooking workshops.
 
Professional chefs lead the workshops, which let participants learn how to prepare wild game meat and sample the completed recipes.
 
State wildlife staff will be on hand to help answer questions.
 

Scallops Scuffle Pitting Small Boats Against Big

Feb 20, 2017
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

PORTLAND, Maine - A disagreement over the right to fish for scallops off of New England is pitting small boats against big boats in one of the most lucrative fisheries in the U.S.
 
The federal government maintains different rules for the small- and big-boat fisheries, though they work some of the same areas. Small boat fishermen say the conflict has arisen in the northern Gulf of Maine, a fishing area stretching roughly from Boston to Canada.
 

Steven Senne / Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine - Biologists want Mainers to report if they see brown rabbits this winter.
 
Fewer than 300 New England cottontail rabbits live in Maine, and they are an endangered species in the state.
 
Each winter, biologists from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife partner up with conservation groups to survey sites known to have cottontails.
 
The rabbits look similar to snowshoe hares most of the year, but remain brown in winter when the hares turn white.
 

BETHEL, Maine - A great horned owl is recovering after it was injured by a porcupine and rescued by a Bethel couple.
 
WGME-TV reports that Maria Boschetti saw the owl outside their antiques store last week. Her husband, Jay, says the owl was behaving unnaturally.
 
The couple watched the owl and photographed it with a high-powered lens. They realized it had been injured by a porcupine.
 

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