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PORTLAND, Maine — Former Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine has made it her mission since leaving office to try to find ways to end the corrosive partisanship that has caused gridlock in Washington.

On Tuesday, she'll join two former Senate majority leaders — Democrat Tom Daschle and Republican Trent Lott — as the Bipartisan Policy Center's Commission on Political Reform releases its recommendations.

CONCORD, N.H. — Authorities say a young man's body was found stabbed to death in Lebanon, Maine, about 20 miles north from where an 18-year-old man was reported missing Saturday.

New Hampshire law enforcement officials announced both the report of the missing teen and the body that was found in Maine. They said that a definitive identification of the victim is expected early this week, but that no other information on the victim's identity was available.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A couple in Maine will celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary next week, one year after they marked a big but bittersweet milestone.

Ninety-one-year old Delbert McCrum and 92-year-old Wilda Chase had their first date 75 years ago at a picnic on Mars Hill Mountain. They became sweethearts and were married on June 24, 1943.

A group of young singers from Maine will perform Friday night at the Kennedy Center in Washington as part of World Refugee Day.

The Portland-based Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus is made up of children who left home countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East to escape war, persecution and famine. Choral Director Con Fullam told MPBN in 2011 that he feels a special affinity with refugees and immigrants and started recruiting kids from Portland schools.

Bangor police are investigating after a late-night stabbing sent one man to the hospital.

Officers responded to Warren Street at about 11 p.m. Thursday after getting reports of an altercation in a driveway.

The victim had suffered a stab wound to the abdomen. He was conscious when police arrived and was taken to a hospital.  Neither his name nor his condition was immediately released.

Police say one person fled the scene and they are questioning one person in connection with the stabbing, but there was no immediate word on any arrests.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland officials and residents will observe World Refugee Day in Congress Square Park.

Poet and Maine resident Richard Blanco will deliver an address at the park at 4 p.m. Friday. Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and U.S. National Refugee Congress state representative Eklas Ahmed will also speak.

Salt Institute for Documentary Studies will host a reception at 6 p.m. after the event. It will feature Salt's newest collection, "In The Shadows: Urban Refugee Children In Africa." The reception is free and open to the public.

The Maine Military Authority's latest contract will put its skills rehabilitating troop carriers to work on vehicles designed to carry commuters and shoppers.

Boston's transit agency, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will pay $19 million to have 32 of its articulated buses rehabbed at the Military Authority's shops in Limestone.

Authority spokesman Tim Maccabe says the rehab will add about five years to the lives of the buses. McCabe says the original manufacturer doesn't make these buses anymore.

GRAY, Maine — Local farmers and food vendors will help open the Maine Wildlife Park to the public for free to celebrate the summer season.

The Summer Solstice Farmers Market event is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. Visitors will also be welcome to walk the park grounds and gardens during the event.

Maine is slipping in the cost and availability of so-called "long-term" health care. That according to the seniors group AARP.

It says Maine's ranking went from 8th in 2011 to 10th in its latest survey. AARP's Susan Reinhardt says the survey is meant to spur action on what will be a growing need in a nation with a growing percentage of older residents.

MOUNT VERNON, Maine — Three tiger cubs have been born at a Maine wildlife sanctuary.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the cubs were born June 8 at the Domestic, Exotic and Wild Animal Kingdom & Sanctuary, a 42-acre farm in Mount Vernon that is home to more than 200 animals. The sanctuary was founded in 1980 by Bob Miner and is now run as a nonprofit.

The two male cubs are white like their mother, a white-and-brown striped Bengal tiger. The female cub has an orange tinge and looks more like her father.

PORTLAND, Maine — A legal challenge to Portland's city ordinance that establishes a buffer zone around entrances to women's health clinics from which anti-abortion protesters are barred is being heard by a federal judge.

The Portland Press Herald reports that attorneys are scheduled to make their cases Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Portland approved the creation of a 39-foot zone around entrances to reproductive health care facilities in November. The city has one Planned Parenthood clinic.

WAYNE, Maine — What started as a routine response for a Maine tow truck driver ended with a trip to the hospital after he was swarmed by thousands of honeybees.

Jason Small, a driver for Don's No Preference Towing, got a call Wednesday to tow a truck from the Wayne fire station parking lot.

He wasn't told the truck was hauling bees.

PORTLAND, Maine — An autopsy has determined that Portland firefighter who died on a recreational scuba dive died of a massive heart attack.

Officials say 43-year veteran firefighter Capt. Michael Kucsma was diving with friends on Monday off shore near Tukey's Bridge when he didn't resurface. The Portland Press Herald reports that friends found him and were able to get him to a dock. His colleagues at the Portland Fire Department attempted resuscitation but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene Monday.

BANGOR, Maine — A federal judge has ruled that man who fired as many as 70 shots in Bangor on the Fourth of July, forcing the city's holiday parade to be re-rerouted, is competent to be sentenced.

The judge made the decision on Monday after getting a hospital report, but no date has been set for the sentencing of 44-year-old Perrin Oliver.

Oliver pleaded guilty in December to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, Oliver wasn't allowed to have guns because of a conviction five years ago in New York.

BANGOR, Maine — An Augusta woman has been sentenced to more than 2 years in prison for selling oxycodone pills to an undercover informant.

Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old Jennifer Dowling was also sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to three years of probation.

Prosecutors say Dowling sold 37 pills to a confidential informant for $1,000 on May 9, 2012, at the Interstate 95 park-and-ride lot in West Gardiner.

The informant was fitted with a recording device and was accompanied by a Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agent at the time of the buy.