Abukar Adan

News Reporter

Abukar grew up in Portland, Maine, and recently graduated from Colby College. He got his start in radio journalism as a 2016 Jim Dowe Public Media Intern at Maine Public, where he produced a series of stories about Muslims in Maine.

Abukar continued to freelance for Maine Public Radio throughout his senior year and eventually joined the team as a reporter. Before coming to Maine Public Radio, he was an editorial assistant for the Colby Magazine, a Huffington Post blogger, and the News Director of Colby's WMHB Radio Station.

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Hancock County Jail

A 19-year-old Ellsworth High School student is in custody after being accused of making a school shooting threat on an online gaming site.

The gaming company alerted the FBI of the threat last Wednesday. Local police arrested Michael Allen Thursday and charged him with terrorizing.

School Superintendent Daniel Higgins says, in addition to regular safety protocols, Ellsworth schools are beefing up their security.

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Moninda Marube was born into a life of poverty in Kenya and turned to running as his way out. In 2010, Marube thought he'd gotten his big break when he was invited to compete in the United States, only to fall into the hands of an agent who exploited him. Now, a professional runner and a student at the University of Maine in Farmington, Marube is committed to raising awareness about human trafficking.

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Nearly 100 protesters gathered in downtown Portland Wednesday to rally against gun violence. The rally comes a week after a Florida gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Kerrigan Stevens, a student at Gray-New Gloucester High School, spoke at the event. She says last week's shooting hit a little too close to home.

Maine State Police

The chief of the Maine State Police is leaving that post next month to take a job as director of security at Colby College.

Col. Robert Williams has led the Maine State Police for nearly seven years, but his career in law enforcement spans more than three decades.

A native of central Maine, Williams began as a state trooper in 1983, and rose through the ranks until being named colonel in 2011 by Gov. Paul LePage.

Portland is joining forces with South Portland to develop a collaborative climate action plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

Troy Moon, Portland’s sustainability coordinator, presented the plan before the City Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee on Thursday.

Moon, who has been working on the plan for six months, says their goal of reducing CO2 emissions 80 percent by 2050 is no easy task.

The Trump administration released a budget proposal Monday that beefs up military and border security spending, while slashing funds for domestic programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medicaid.

Some advocates — like James Gagne, who heads the Veterans Housing Services at Preble Street — say they’re worried Trump’s budget could threaten many Mainers. Gagne works closely with veterans experiencing homelessness and he says SNAP is a lifeline for many of them.

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PORTLAND, Maine — An exhibit that participants can really sink their teeth into has come to town.

The Portland Science Center recently opened its doors to “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey,” which traces the evolution of sharks and highlights their significance in the ecosystem.

Joe Gold, who heads the Portland Science Center, says he’s pleased to bring the exhibition all the way from Australia. He says people are generally enamored with sharks and this topic is both exciting and timely.

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Indigenous leaders Wednesday night urged the Wells-Ogunquit Community District to stop using Native American imagery, including its Warriors football mascot.

Their remarks came at a meeting of a 25-person advisory committee formed in December to study the issue  after the school's mascot came under public scrutiny in the fall.  

Amelia Tuplin, a Micmac Indian from Lisbon, first raised the issue of the Native American mascot, after accusing Wells-Ogunquit fans of racist behavior at a football game in October.

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About 30 volunteers spread out in Portland Tuesday night to count the number of homeless people. 

The annual "point-in-time" survey is part of a national effort to determine the rate of homelessness in each state, and the country.

But in a press conference before the count, Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling said it's not only about the numbers.  

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Thousands of people rallied across Maine Saturday as part of the nationwide Women’s March in protest of the Trump administration’s policies.

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Saturday marks the one-year anniversary since President Donald Trump was officially sworn into office. Here in Maine, Trump carried Maine's 2nd Congressional District, where he beat Hillary Clinton by a solid 10 percentage points.  We wondered how voters there are feeling about him now, and what they want to see going forward.

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Nearly 700 people gathered at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland Monday night to honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The annual celebration, now in its 37th year, brought together civil rights and social justice groups, as well as local and state leaders.

Maine U.S. independent Sen. Angus King gave the opening remarks. King urged the audience to err on the side of action, sharing how he took the day off from work at the age of 19 to join the march in Washington.

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Survivors of human trafficking and their support advocates are trying to shine a light on the problem.

At a State House press conference, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills said she’s concerned that online classified ad sites such as backpage.com are complicit, and should be held accountable.

“Entities such as backpage.com and other internet service providers are not fully immune from civil and criminal liability for facilitating the trafficking of young girls and boys,” she said.

In December 2017, ecomaine employees acted swiftly to extinguish a fire that rapidly expanded at its Recycling Facility.
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As Mainers start cleaning up all of the household waste generated during the holiday season, the state’s largest recycling facility is warning consumers about the dangers posed by lithium ion batteries, and offering tips for how to safely dispose of them.

Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Portland Thursday night to honor the 37 homeless people who died this past year.

The observers of the annual vigil walked up the hill from the Preble Street Resource Center to Monument Square, where they read the names of the dead and lit candles.

Elizabeth Szatkowski, a clinical social worker in Portland, was part of the original homeless memorial vigil more than 20 years ago. She says she’s concerned by the upward trend in the numbers.

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