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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Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District convened a roundtable discussion at the Portland City Hall on Monday with Mainers who say they will be harmed by the GOP tax plan.

Pingree says she’s concerned that the proposed tax cuts amount to a giveaway to corporations and the wealthiest Americans.

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Labor activists rallied Thursday in front of Bank of America in Downtown Portland to urge Maine’s local and state leaders to oppose the Republican tax plan.

Supporters of President Donald Trump’s tax cut proposal say it would benefit the middle class. But rally organizers, including Douglas Born of the Southern Maine Labor Council, say the proposed tax cuts heavily favor the top 1 percent.

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Lewiston and Auburn voters rejected a proposal to merge the Twin Cities on Tuesday night.

Since April 2017, the issue has been fiercely debated. Supporters of the idea argued merging would eliminate bureaucratic redundancies and spur economic development. But their arguments failed to convince voters, who were skeptical of the projected savings and feared logistical and political challenges that might arise.

Gene Geiger, who has been working on a consolidation plan for three years, said he’s disappointed by the outcome but that he’ll move on.

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The Wells-Ogunquit Community School District decided Thursday night to form an advisory committee to look into concerns about Wells High School's use of the "Warriors" nickname and Native American imagery.

The move came after the panel heard from residents at a public discussion about the issue. 

More than half of the nine speakers favored getting rid of the current mascot. Barbara Giammarino, a Penobscot and the grandaughter of Leslie and Valentine Ranco, the couple in 1949 who opened the Indian Moccasin Shop, was one of them.

St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston will receive a $10 million donation from the Albert Lepage Foundation, the largest in the hospital’s history.

J. Bradford Coffey, president of St. Mary’s Health Systems Foundation, says Lepage is no stranger to giving to St. Mary’s.

“He’s had a very long relationship with St. Mary’s and cared deeply about all facets of health care at St. Mary’s and in Lewiston and in Auburn,” he says.

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Portland will soon keep the Oxford Street Shelter open around the clock, a move that will give homeless people a place to stay throughout the day.  

Jessica Grondin, a city spokesperson, says the benefits will extend beyond helping the homeless. "So it should help the surrounding business community and the neighborhood and really support these people who are just looking for a place to have other support during the day time," Grondin says.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

In less than a month, voters in Lewiston and Auburn will decide on a proposal to merge the two cities. Signs that read “No Merger” and “One LA” are springing up in neighborhoods on both sides of the Androscoggin River, which divides the two communities.

This is the second in a two-part series. Part one: Lewiston-Auburn Business Owners At Odds Over Whether The Cities Should Merge.

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Next month, residents of Lewiston and Auburn will vote on a proposal to merge the two cities. Business owners have been among the most vocal cheerleaders of the idea, which they say would improve efficiency, reduce administrative costs and lower taxes — but critics are more concerned about what they could lose.

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South Portland city officials flipped the switch on Maine's largest municipal solar project Tuesday morning. The project was developed in collaboration with the city of Portland by Portland-based ReVision Energy.

Lewiston residents had their say Thursday night on whether their city should merge with neighboring Auburn.

The Portland City Council voted unanimously Monday to join a nationwide lawsuit against manufacturers of opioids.

Officials say the prescription painkillers have contributed to Portland’s rise in drug overdoses. Portland city spokeswoman Jessica Grondin says the epidemic is placing big financial burdens on social and other services.

“Clearly the opioid epidemic has reached crisis levels here in Portland, and so it takes a toll on the city municipal services, whether it be fire, police, public health. And clearly there needs to be some more money for treatment,” she says.

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

Eric Bendl has the weight of the world in his hands, and he’s been pushing it from Lubec to Acadia National Park to raise diabetes awareness.

The 55-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky, has walked thousands of miles across the country with his dog, Nice, and a 6-foot globe that he made out of an inflatable inner tube and canvas. Bendl has completed 15 trips, which have taken him to all 48 contiguous states, since embarking in his first long walk in 2007, from Louisville to Pittsburg.

He says he wants others to get in the habit of walking.

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Hundreds of people rallied in front of Portland City Hall Friday night in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients. The rally comes only a few days after President Donald Trump called for an to end DACA, a 2012 program that provides temporary legal status to young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

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A proposed ordinance to control rent and curb evictions in Portland sparked a heated debate during a City Council hearing Wednesday night.  But opponents' arguments failed to sway the council, which voted to put the item on the November ballot.

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