Headlines 5/17/17

All Charges Dropped Against Lewiston Man
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The final two charges of fraud against 47-year-old Abdi Hassan were dropped Tuesday morning. Hassan had faced 15 such charges as late as last week. He had been accused of welfare fraud related to benefits applications with the state Dept. of Health and Human Services.
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LPD: Bicyclist at Fault for Car Collision
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A Lewiston High School student is recovering after riding his bicycle into oncoming traffic. Police said Tuesday that the 15-year-old rode across Webster St. Monday morning and was struck by a vehicle. The student was taken to CMMC with a leg injury.
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Affordable Training for Aspiring Yoga Teachers
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Matty B welcomed in Tisha Bremner for yesterday's Here's Y Hour on the Breakfast Club. Bremner started off the segment talking about the yoga teacher training program at the YMCA. Listen. To hear more about the program and the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA, click on mainesbigz.com.
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Auburn OKs School Spending Plan
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Auburn City Council approved the $41.7 million school budget Monday. Officials are hopeful that next month's state budget approval will mean more state funding for Auburn. The decision came one day before absentee ballots for the June 13 school budget referendum were made available.
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Arson Blamed for Oxford Senior Living Fire
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An Oxford senior living facility evacuated around 4:30 Tuesday morning when fire alarms sounded. A resident there tells officials she opened her door to find her newspaper on fire, which triggered the alarms. No injuries were reported.
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3rd Person Sentenced in Portland Man's 2015 Death
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25-year-old Abil Teshome was sentenced Tuesday to 12.5 years in prison for manslaughter. Teshome and two other men were convicted for the prolonged beating death of 49-year-old Freddy Akoa in his apartment. No firm motive for the attack has been determined.
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New Warning System Proposed for Low Overpass in Augusta
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An Augusta bridge nicknamed The Can Opener is getting a system of warning lights and signs. The proposed $45,000 system would be installed on Water St. on both sides of a train overpass in the city's downtown. Police have responded to 23 non-accident complaints at the site in the past 16 months.
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Lewiston Could Get Maine's 2nd Immigrant Welcome Center
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Maine could add a second immigrant welcome center that would help newcomers learn English and find jobs. The new welcome center would be located in Lewiston. The first welcome center is already operational in Portland. State officials are trying to find ways to attract people to Maine to address an anticipated worker shortage in the coming years.
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