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A student from from Portland's Deering High School took his case against the National Endowment for the Arts to a federal judge in Portland Wednesday.

Maine health officials are warning state residents that someone is impersonating a child protective services caseworker.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that an incident occurred recently in southern Maine concerning the unidentified impostor. The Portland Press Herald reports the department did not provide any additional information.

Child protective services investigate suspected child abuse and in some cases are tasked with removing children from a home.

Portland Retreats From Contract With Concert Promoter Over Domestic Violence Case

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Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

The City Council Wednesday rescinded a decision to hire the company of a Maine concert promoter who pleaded guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend, and voted to instead sign a deal with its national partner.

We talk with people who are various stages of recovery from opioid addiction. They share their experiences and offer their advice to those who are suffering from addiction – and they'll discuss ideas for dealing with the current opioid crisis in Maine.

Finding a Voice Offers a Path for Improving School Safety

Apr 18, 2018

It’s been about two months since the shooting in Parkland. As a student, I’ve been asked how I feel by well-meaning administrators and teachers, family friends, strangers and most often, my friends, as they try to hide how afraid they are now. In the lunchroom, we talk about bulletproof windows, our safety at marches, and lockdown procedure. I tried to find something, anything, to say to comfort my friends.  But I didn’t believe any reassurances myself. I tried to write something for Raise Your Voice. But I was too afraid. I couldn’t process what had happened. Whatever I said felt like it didn’t do justice to the gravity of 17 people, and a generation impacted. 

I had the privilege of being able to avoid thinking about what happened. But that’s exactly what it is, a privilege. Not everyone has it. There are kids who were at Parkland or any one of the other school shootings in our country. There are kids who have to fear gun violence in their communities or from the police, a status disproportionately affected by socioeconomic standing and racial tensions. 

We know how it feels to huddle on the floor and fight against wondering what’s outside. School shootings are real for us, in a way they weren’t for our parents or grandparents when they were in school. This is a shared experience of our generation. My school had an unscheduled lockdown very recently following the shooting. We’ve had drills and mistakes before. This was a false alarm. But it was different. Everyone in that room was completely silent. I can’t forget crouching there in the dark, and knowing this was how it felt. This is how it starts.

Ever since DNA testing has enabled companies such as to help people run a genealogical search and learn about their genetic roots, there has been a sharp surge in interest in genealogy. How does someone go about searching for their ancestors, and what can they expect to turn up? What records are held in Maine?

Mark Vogelzang / Maine Public

The voice of longtime Morning Edition newscaster Carl Kasell, who died Tuesday at the age of 84, was a familiar one among NPR and Maine Public fans. In August of 2012, Kasell paid a visit to Maine for a taping at Portland's Merrill Auditorium of the popular radio show, "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!" We couldn't resist the opportunity to have Kasell come by our Portland studios for an interview. MPBN Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz asked him if he missed doing daily newscasts, which he retired from in 2009.

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

CARIBOU, Maine - Maine game wardens have found a new home for an orphaned black bear cub.
WAGM-TV reports Game Warden Alan Dudley found the cub last week in Caribou when he responded to a crash that killed its mother.
Dudley captured the cub in a dog kennel and brought it home. He then reached out to wildlife biologist Amanda DeMusz who recommended they place the young bear with an adult female bear that already had cubs.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

Mainers are expressing grief over the loss of one of the state’s most famous summer residents. It wasn’t unusual for Maine residents to encounter former first lady Barbara Bush, who spent most summers at the family compound at Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport. And while she was here, she was active in the community, devoting time to local causes, especially those aimed at improving the lives of children.

PORTLAND, Maine - Developers have begun to seek approval for what could be the first hotel on a wharf in Portland, a proposal that opponents say could harm the working waterfront.
The Portland Press Herald reports the Fisherman's Wharf redevelopment proposal includes a 93-room hotel and parking garage with office, retail and restaurant space. The city's Planning Board is meeting Tuesday to discuss rezoning the area to allow the hotel.

There is an abundance of wild plants, mushrooms and other natural treasures in Maine that can be foraged for food, medicinal use and other purposes. We learn about what you can find, how to differentiate the safe from the toxic, and different ways to use what you forage.

Student-Centered Means Students Need to Be Heard

Apr 16, 2018

High school: "You failed.”

Going to bed at 1:00 am, waking up at 6:00 a.m. The test sits on our desk, and our minds go blank. Four or more hours making flash cards, looking at our notes, memorizing it all just for our minds to shut off. The bell rings and we look down to only see a couple questions answered. 

The next day we go to class and our teacher sits us down to talk. They’re disappointed: “Why didn’t you study? You failed the test. I thought you were better than this.” 

Over and over again we think of the word "failure," but never did our teacher ask how many hours we studied. They never listen when we say, “I really did study. My mind just goes blank when I look at my test.” They only seem to show interest in the way we learn when the grade is above average.

Amazon was supposed to be the death of independent bookstores, but many in Maine are thriving. We’ll hear from a few independent bookstore owners to learn what their strategy is, and which books they are excited about.

After months of debate, the legislature's education committee approved a bill Friday evening that would remove a mandate requiring Maine schools to implement "proficiency-based" diplomas. 

The law mandating the diplomas was originally passed in 2012. It says that current Maine freshmen need to reach proficiency in a number of subject areas, such as math, science and English, in order to graduate.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

Gun rights advocates gathered around the nation Saturday in a series of pro-Second Amendment rallies. In Maine, hundreds demonstrated at the plaza between the State House and the Burton M. Cross State Office Building in Augusta.