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Figuring out how to deal with “problem children” in the classroom has always been a challenge for teachers and administrators. These students, who often have social and emotional problems, have traditionally been punished with a trip the principal’s office, or with detentions and suspensions.

PORTLAND, Maine - A former Biddeford police officer is acknowledging having had sexual activity with a then-16 year-old male now accusing him of sexual abuse.

Biddeford native Matthew Lauzon has alleged abuse by retired officer Stephen Dodd.

In Thursday federal court filings, Dodd said the two met in an online chat-room in 2001 and engaged in sexual activity twice.

Dodd denied relying on his ``power and authority'' as an officer. He said Lauzon "took the lead'' in the sex acts.

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NEWRY, Maine - The site of one of the world's largest tourmaline finds has been put up for sale in Maine with an asking price of $2.7 million.

Listing agent Kevin Fletcher tells The Sun Journal that whoever purchases Plumbago Mountain could be in for a potential windfall should they dive in and manage to strike a vein.

For the asking price, buyers will acquire 2,222 acres with exclusive mining rights on 50 acres.

AUGUSTA, Maine - U.S Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald had some good news for those attending the annual Maine Military and Community Network conference:  He is extending the pilot ARCH program that allows veterans to get health care locally instead of driving to Togus.

The program was scheduled to end next month.  "So to address that challenge, I used an exception through the choice act to make sure veterans in Maine can continue to use the providers they use through project ARCH."

We often hear much about how China's economy is faring, how it's military is growing, and how it seeks a greater role on the world stage.  But what about the lives of the people of China? Which issues are important to them? Maine Public Radio's Keith Shortall recently spoke with Marketplace China correspondent Rob Schmitz about his new book 'Street of Eternal Happiness - Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road.'  Keith asked about the role of religion in present day China...

The latest on the Race for the White House and news from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Guests: Abby Bennett, Chair of the College Republican Federal of Maine and a rising junior at UMaine Orono.

Michael Cianchette, former counsel to Governor LePage

Jeanne Cummings, political reporter, Wall Street Journal

James Libby, Professor of Business Administration, Thomas College

After a rocky start, the special commission charged with recommending improvements to Maine’s education system will get underway this summer.

Beardsley says it was a mistake to ban members of the public, the Legislature and the news media from the commission’s first meeting at the Blaine House. And he says all of the six planned meetings he hopes to schedule through the end of the year will be open.

MADAWASKA, Maine - The Board of Selectmen in a northern Maine town has decided to hold off for now on a proposal to drug test welfare recipients.

Officials in Madawaska say new rules could apply to the town's use of the state's General Assistance program, which provides money for things like food.

WAGM-TV reports that the town needs time to determine if the rule change is legal. Town Manager Ryan Pelletier says he is seeking help from the town's lawyer and others.

PORTLAND, Maine - Insurance company investigators have tentatively identified failure of concrete grout as the cause of a chairlift failure at Maine's Sunday River ski resort earlier this month.

The top unloading terminal of Sunday River's Spruce Peak Triple lift toppled over when the foundation separated from the mountaintop. 

FREEPORT, Maine - L.L. Bean is recalling children's insulated water bottles because of concerns about lead contamination.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the bottles were imported by GSI Outdoors and sold by L.L. Bean from July 2015 through May 2016 for about $20. The 13.5-ounce bottles have five prints: sharks, dinosaur bones, camouflage, flowers and butterflies.

China 2016

Jul 20, 2016

Marketplace China correspondent Rob Schmitz discusses his new book “Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road.”  Joining Rob will be Bowdoin College Assistant Professor Christopher Heurlin and Connie Zhu, a Chinese language teacher, translator and radio host who grew up in Shanghai.

Guests:  Rob Schmitz, author of "Street of Eternal Happiness."  He's also China correspondent for MarketPlace; he will soon be the new Shanghai correspondent for NPR.

Christopher Heurlin, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and Government, Bowdoin College