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LEWISTON, Maine-  Social activist, educator, and author, Geoffrey Canada, has told the Bates College Class of 2017 that it takes "heroic sacrifice" to make a country "great".

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. 

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.

Gov. Paul LePage has allowed the early release of 17 prisoners through conditional commutation orders, according to his office.

The governor’s action follows the recent announcement that he has been reviewing the release of an unknown number of prisoners deemed to be lower-risk offenders.

According to the administration, the commutation orders are based on recommendations by the Department of Corrections. The LePage administration billed the orders as an effort to modernize the prison system and bolster the workforce.

Parents, students and community members from across Lewiston shared their grief in an emotional meeting Thursday night following the suicide of a 13-year-old student.

The mood was somber inside Lewiston’s Green Ladle, where about 200 residents gathered to talk about the death of 13-year-old Anie Graham earlier in the week.

Some students said they wanted everyone to remember Graham for who she was — bright and accomplished — while others said the community needs to do a better job supporting students who might be at risk.

The first two canines have graduated successfully from a pilot program designed to give troubled dogs another chance at finding a forever home while teaching inmates how to handle and train animals.

Beyond the Bars is a project of the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, and the Brunswick-based Coastal Humane Society.

Shelter officials say Jake and Melvin were the kinds of dogs least likely to find a home. They were large in size, plus bore the scars from what they describe as “horrific” backgrounds.

City of Portland

Portland officials unveiled its plan for a new waterfront park Thursday night at a public forum.

The design caught some criticism at the forum for being expensive, with a price tag of about $16 million. Waterfront Coordinator Bill Needelman says the city manager had asked for a plan that was “equal to the space,” without regard for the cost.

Needleman says the park is an investment in making the area resilient to the sea-level rise and increase in heavy storms associated with climate change.

PORTER, Maine - Maine game wardens have recovered a body from a pond in the town of Porter.
 
Wardens say they were searching for a man who never came home from fishing Wednesday night. He was reported missing Thursday morning.
 
WGME-TV says wardens identified the victim Thursday as 54-year-old Dwayne Day from Porter. They say he probably drowned after his boat capsized.

GORHAM, Maine (AP) _ The town of Gorham is without its police chief, temporarily, at least.

Police Chief Dan Jones was placed on administrative leave after he exchanged gunfire Wednesday with a suspect who was eventually apprehended. No one was hurt.

It's standard procedure for an officer to be placed on paid leave while the attorney general investigates the use of deadly force.

Police officers were about 100 yards away when the man emerged from a woodlot and fired his weapon three or four times. The man was later taken into custody without incident.

Summer Vacation in Maine

May 26, 2017
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Americans take fewer and fewer vacation days, and there are efforts to change that trend. Here in Maine, those efforts mean promoting our state’s abundant opportunities for vacationers. We’ll hear from experts on must-see and overlooked places, events and activities to check out in Maine this summer.

Guests: Tony Cameron, director of marketing and communications, Maine Tourism Association

MaryEllen Lessard, travel agent, Northern New England AAA

Brian Kevin, managing editor, Down East magazine

Thomas College

This month, college seniors from across Maine will walk across the stage to accept their diplomas — most after four or more years of classes. For more and more students, however, graduation day will come much sooner, a trend designed to make college more appealing and affordable.

Bates College in Lewiston has hired two investigators to look into an incident in which a black student was handcuffed by college security guards during a campus party last month.

In a message to the Bates community, college President Clayton Spencer said the two guards have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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