Police: Woman stabbed woman in park

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine continue to search for a man they say stabbed a 33-year-old woman in a park.

WCSH-TV reports the stabbing happened Sunday night in Portland’s Congress Square Park. The woman was taken to Maine Medical Center where she was treated and later released.

Police say the suspect had fled by the time they arrived to the scene.

Investigators say a motive in the attack is unclear. An investigation continues.

Temperatures plummet in Maine after weeks of balmy weather

By The Associated Press

The calendar says fall in Maine, and now so does the weather.

The National Weather Service said the temperature plummeted to 26 degrees Monday morning in Caribou, breaking the old record of 27 degrees. Across the region, temperatures dipped below freezing. And at least one location dipped into the upper teens.

James Brown from the National Weather Service says it wasn’t so cold in southern Maine but it seems cool because the early part of September was warm.

Maine woman charged after child found alone in parking lot

EASTON, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts have charged a Maine woman whose 17-month old child was found alone in a shopping cart outside a Target store.

Easton police said Monday the 27-year-old Acton, Maine, woman will be summoned to court in the future to face a charge of abandonment or endangerment of a child charge. The woman’s name was not released to protect the child’s identity.

Officers responded to the Easton store at about 1 p.m. Saturday for reports of an unattended toddler.

The boy was taken to the hospital, but appeared unharmed.

About an hour later, a man called to say the child had accidentally been left behind. The mother said she was with three other people and thought one of the others had put the child in his car seat.

13 left homeless when fire destroys Jay building

JAY, Maine (AP) — Firefighters say 13 people are homeless because of a fire that destroyed an apartment building in Jay.

Firefighters from several surrounding towns battled the blaze Sunday. The extensive damage to the building left 13 residents without a place to stay.

The fire was first reported around 9 a.m. Sunday, and more than 10 town firefighters were on hand to assist.

No injuries were reported. Officials say they were uncertain Sunday how the fire started.

Police: 43-year-old man injured in shooting

MEDWAY, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say a 43-year-old man has been injured in a shooting.

WABI-TV reports the shooting happened at a Medway home Sunday morning. The man was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center where his condition is unknown.

Police haven’t released the victim’s identity.

No arrests have been reported. Authorities say there’s no threat to the public.

Senators want to boost education of American civics

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A pair of senators wants civics education to play more of a role in school curriculums across the country.

Maine independent Sen. Angus King and Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe are introducing the Constitution Education Is Valuable In Community Schools, or CIVICS, Act. They say the legislation would piggyback on the American History and Civics Education program, which created grants for schools and other organizations to improve the quality of American history and other subjects.

The senators say schools who receive the grants are not required to teach the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, and the CIVICS Act would require recipients of the grants to teach the Constitution.

Free online training addresses suicide risk screening

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Suicide is on the rise in Maine and the state is offering free online training for doctors and counselors.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says a new training portal provides training in suicide risk screening, intervention, treatment and support.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Maine youth and adults ages 10 to 35. Maine’s rates of suicide death have increased by 27 percent from 1999 through 2016.

Nationwide, suicide deaths have increased in every state except Nevada. Rates of suicide have risen more than 30 percent in half the states.

Nearly two-thirds of people who attempt suicide visit their doctor in the month before their attempt. Maine worked with the Sweetser Training Institute on the online training portal.

The Maine Crisis Hotline can be reached at: 1-888-568-1112. The Suicide Safer Care Training Portal is available at: https://sweetser.academy.reliaslearning.com/.

Car-moose collisions down by half over last decade in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It’s a pretty good time to be a moose in Maine.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Maine saw 287 car-moose collisions in 2017. That’s down from 646 crashes in 2007, and a 32 percent decline from 2012.

Meanwhile, Maine biologists say moose calves appear to be showing strong survival rates in the northern part of the state.

Maine Department of Transportation data shows there have been 158 car crashes involving a moose so far this year.

Democratic Sen. Troy Jackson said his tiny community of Allagash has seen four moose collisions this summer.

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife moose biologist Lee Kantar said there is no specific reason for the drop. He said major factors for such crashes include visibility and driver inattention.

Advocacy group wants third party to resubmit Medicaid plan

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An advocacy group wants the courts to step in over the LePage administration’s move to urge federal regulators to reject a court-ordered Medicaid expansion plan.

Maine Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy could weigh in early this week on Maine Equal Justice Partners’s latest motion.

Last fall, nearly three out of five Mainers voted to expand Medicaid to 70,000 adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Republican Gov. Paul LePage has stymied expansion over funding concerns.

His administration filed court-ordered paperwork to start expanding Medicaid. But LePage wrote federal regulators urging them to deny the plan.

Maine Equal Justice Partners wants a court-appointed receiver to resubmit Maine’s expansion plan without LePage’s request.

LePage’s office told The Portland Press Herald that LePage believes the motion “lacks merit.”

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