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Recent articles by Chris:

3 things to know about COVID, flu & RSV as people gather for holidays

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said on Tuesday that hospitals are severely strained by all three viruses. → Read More

Network outage at Portland Public Schools delays staff pay, cancels some classes

The district said it expected all staff to receive their paychecks by the end of business on Friday. → Read More

It's been more than 30 years since his killing, but the case has yet to be solved

Police say 26-year-old Scott Sampson was killed outside a variety store on Pine Street in Portland in the middle of the night on Nov. 13, 1990. → Read More

MaineHousing: No new U.S. Treasury funds for Emergency Rental Assistance Progam

The state agency paused new applications to the program on Sept. 29. → Read More

Popular Portland beach saved by Clean Water Act 50 years ago

The wastewater treatment facility is the largest of its kind in the state and was built in 1979 with federal dollars that came out of the Clean Water Act. → Read More

Central Maine Power crews restore electricity before wind, rain end

Wind and rain toppled trees onto power lines, causing outages for 69,578 customers at the peak. → Read More

VERIFY: Yes, Maine is experiencing a shortage on K1 kerosene heating fuel

The Governor's Energy Office and the Maine Energy Marketers Association both say several factors affect the supply: war in Ukraine and increased jet fuel demand. → Read More

People experiencing homelessness seeking out shelter, services in Portland due to lack of resources in hometowns

The city is the only municipality in Maine that operates its own shelter for people experiencing homelessness. → Read More

Maine CDC director urges people to get updated bivalent booster as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise

Hospitalizations have reached levels that Maine hasn't seen since May 2022. → Read More

New free program trains ed techs, teachers to fill Maine's school staff shortage

The Educator Pathway Program allows anyone who works for the district to take free classes for certification as an ed tech or teacher. → Read More

Portland's Center for Grieving Children sees uptick in people struggling with suicide

Bereavement coordinator Sara Asch said the Center for Grieving Children saw a "significant" increase in people calling for help after losing a loved one to suicide. → Read More

NEWS CENTER Maine's Sam Rogers shares how he has changed since losing his brother to suicide

Sam Rogers said his brother's death by suicide changed his family, his memories, and ultimately his outlook on career and family balance. → Read More

Lewiston teacher finds handgun in backpack of 'unaware' elementary student, superintendent says

Officials say a student at Connors Elementary told a teacher his mother left her wallet in his backpack. When he showed them, the teacher spotted a handgun. → Read More

Lewiston superintendent, admin staff transport kids amid bus driver shortage

Superintendent Jake Langlais was one of several administrative staff transporting kids to school due to a lack of bus drivers. → Read More

Family of missing Jay woman raising money for new search technology

Richard Moreau started a GoFundMe to raise $30K to pay for ground-penetrating radar to expedite the investigation of tips they receive for Kim's case. → Read More

Portland police putting more officers on streets in response to uptick in violent crime

As of Friday, there have been five separate shootings within the past week and a half in Portland alone. → Read More

South Portland could end program allowing hotels to house people at risk of homelessness

Those who care for the people sheltered in the hotels worry what will happen if the council revokes the licenses. → Read More

Maine CDC, community organizations squash stigma around monkeypox

The World Health Organization declared the virus a global health emergency on July 23. → Read More

Meditation for working Maine moms helps them stay calm through the day

Dr. Allyson Coffin created 'Happier' for moms to learn how to meditate and stick with the practice. → Read More

Three things to know about the BA.5 omicron subvariant

Doctors have noticed the subvariant can evade the immunity from vaccines and from recovering from COVID itself. → Read More