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Officials from Portland Public Schools are telling the community that they will not report students to immigration enforcement officials, and say their schools are a "safe haven" for children and families.

In a written message to families last week, Portland Supt. Xavier Botana said, "We want your children in our schools. We don't care what their immigration status is. And we believe that that's not just the right thing to do, but that's also the law."

Local Waste Coalition Could Grant Its Communities Permission To Send Trash To PERC

May 26, 2018
Bridget Brown / BDN

The Municipal Review Committee might temporarily allow its more than 100 member communities to send their waste to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Center rather than have it landfilled.

The Maine State Police will have extra troopers on the road this Memorial Day weekend, which also marks the official start of the summer tourist season.

Expect to see more marked and unmarked state police cruisers throughout the state in areas that are popular with speeders or known for accidents.

“Speeding, distracted driving, driving while impaired. And a lot of it is trying to target aggressive drivers, drivers maybe that are not showing a great deal of patience,” says acting chief of the state police, Lt. Col. John Cote.

Why It Matters That Bangor’s Police Force Is One Of The Youngest In Decades

May 26, 2018
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

The Bangor Police Department is grappling with an unusually high rate of turnover that has produced one of the youngest forces the city has seen in decades, senior police said.

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If you hit the road this weekend, you'll have plenty of company. The Maine Turnpike is expecting an increase of 1.5 percent in Memorial Day weekend travel over last year's Memorial Day weekend.

Turnpike Authority spokesperson Erin Courtney says some things won't change, like the busiest times on the toll road.

"We definitely see the most traffic at the York toll plaza. Typically on Friday coming in; the hours of 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. there's typically heavy traffic there, and then again on Monday."

Vegan & Plant-Based Living

May 25, 2018

More people are turning to vegan diets for their health and for philosophical reasons. By the same token, others are embracing more plant-based eating, which may not qualify as vegan or vegetarian but might minimize meat as part of each meal. We'll learn how to be vegan or to shift to plant-based living.

Rice Production In Maine ‘Growing Exponentially' Amid Increasing Demand

May 25, 2018
Courtesy of Wild Folk Farm / via Bangor Daily News

Maine might seem to be an unusual place to grow rice, but for the last six years, Ben Rooney from Wild Folk Farm in Benton has shown it can be done.

He’s also found that Mainers are hungry for locally-grown rice, with demand far outpacing the amount of the grain that the small paddy system on his farm — the only Maine farm commercially growing rice — can supply.

Wells Warriors Sports Photos

An advisory panel is recommending that the Wells-Ogunquit Consolidated School District abandon the detailed profile of an Indian head as a mascot for the Wells Warriors sports teams.

James Daly, district superintendent, said the change in school policy will be recommended next month to the district's school committee following Wednesday night's vote by the 25 member mascot advisory panel.

MILLINOCKET, Maine - A convoy of motorcyclists in Maine will ride from Portland to Millinocket in an annual Memorial Day weekend event meant to honor dead service members from Maine.
The convoy will leave Portland Saturday for Baxter State Park, with all of the motorcyclists carrying stones engraved with the names of service members from Maine who have died while serving. WABI-TV reports the stones will then be carried by hikers during a Sunday event.
This is the fifth year for the annual Summit Project event.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

The state agency charged with government oversight, OPEGA, released a report Thursday about the state's handling of two child abuse cases that resulted in death.

Narcissism: Understanding Narcissistic Personality Disorder

May 24, 2018

Narcissism is usually characterized as Narcissistic Personality Disorder (or NPD); this is when someone has an overblown perception of their own worth—their intelligence, their attractiveness, their abilities and their achievements—that defies reality and can often cause them to behave in ways inconsistent with normal social function. We'll hear from experts on how to deal with the narcissist in your life—and learn whether narcissists can change.

Residents of Islesboro are suing the Maine State Ferry Service over its recent ticket price hike.

The Bangor Daily News reports that the lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Kennebec County Superior Court.

The conflict arose last month after the ferry service announced a simplified fee structure, which changed all ferry fees to one flat rate, system-wide: $11 for a round-trip passenger ticket, and $30 for a vehicle.

It's almost summer, and the dangers of sun exposure are upon us. Melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer, is tied to exposure to UV radiation. We'll learn about melanoma risk factors, prevention and treatment.

State Considers Increasing Any-Deer Permits To All-Time High

May 23, 2018
Pete Warner / Bangor Daily News

State biologists on Tuesday unveiled a plan to increase the number of any-deer permits to 84,745. That total is about 8,000 higher than ever allotted in Maine.

The total number of any-deer permits is determined after a three-step rulemaking process that takes place with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife advisory council, which met on Tuesday. The previous high-water mark for any-deer permits came in 2002, when 76,989 permits were allotted.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine hospital celebrating its centennial anniversary says it has received a $2.8 million donation from the family of its first chief of pediatrics.
Mercy Hospital in Portland said Monday that the gift was from the family of the late Dr. Harry Davis, who served as chief of pediatrics at the hospital from 1943 until his death in 1963. The Portland Press Herald reports the gift was from Davis' daughter Patricia Klingenstein and her family, who the hospital says has worked to improve health care in Maine.