Headlines 6/13/17

Social Media
People at a public forum Monday night agree that bullying on social media is a problem that ought to be better monitored at school and at home. Parents, educators, students and community members discussed policing teenagers' online comments at "Social Media: What Should We Be Doing Differently?" at the Lewiston High School gym. After the recent suicide of a Lewiston Middle School student, Superintendent Bill Webster put together a panel of people who work closely with either students or digital media to help refine the discussion of cyberbullying.

Blueberry Dip
Members of Maine's agriculture industry and state government fear the possibility of losing blueberry growers due to a depression in prices that has made growing the beloved crop a less reliable way to make a living. Wild blueberries are a Maine tradition on par with lobsters and lighthouses, but prices to farmers have plunged from nearly a dollar a pound in 2011 to around 25 to 30 cents per pound last year.

Great Falls Balloon Festival
The theme for this year's Great Falls Balloon Festival will focus on the festival's 25th anniversary. Festival treasurer Mell Hamlyn said Monday that organizers will officially announce the theme and update the festival's website this week. Visitors have been asking about a theme on the festival's Facebook page for the past two months.

Young Trial
A man stands accused of causing a Maine woman's fatal heart attack by frightening her during a 2015 attempted burglary. While jury selection was slated to begin yesterday for Carlton Young, who's pleaded not guilty to felony murder, the process is now delayed. No new date has been set. Young is accused in the death of 62-year-old Connie Loucks, who suffered a heart attack after Young allegedly knocked on her door and windows. The Sanford man was accused of being part of a burglary ring in southern Maine.

RSU 16 Budget
Voters in Poland, Minot and Mechanic Falls are casting their ballots today, on the Regional School Unit 16 budget. The school budget ballot question reads: "Do you favor approving the Regional School Unit Sixteen (16) budget for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year that was adopted at the latest Regional School Unit budget meeting?” The amount adopted previously was $21.69 million. There is also a statewide vote on a $50 million bond for the Maine Technology Institute.

Opiate Overdose Antidotes
Legislators on Monday endorsed an emergency bill designed to fix a stalled year-old law to allow pharmacists to sell opiate overdose antidotes over the counter without a prescription. The amendment now heads to the Governor's desk who unsuccessfully vetoed the original bill, at the time saying the opiate antidote naloxone - commonly sold as Narcan nasal spray - “does not truly save lives, it merely extends them until the next overdose.”

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