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VIDEO: One Firefighter Dead, Several Injured When Building Explodes In Farmington

Updated 5:51 p.m. Monday: An explosion at a social services agency in Farmington Monday morning killed one firefighter and injured seven other people.

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Michael Grendell, the man whose house in Dixmont was blown up by Maine State Police in June of 2018, has filed a lawsuit against several officers and an official from the state Attorney General's Office. 

Grendell's attorney, David Bate, says his client is seeking clarity as to why police detonated a bomb after responding to a call that Grendell was experiencing a mental health crisis and needed help.

Farmers in the rural Midwest say they are struggling because of President Trump's ongoing trade war and a recent decision the president made on renewable fuels made from corn and soybeans that benefits the oil industry.

"We're tightening our belt," farmer Aaron Lehman says while driving his tractor down a rural road near his farm north of Des Moines, Iowa. "We're talking to our lenders, our landlords [and] our input suppliers."

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Nationwide, Concerns Grow Over Tainted Sewage Sludge Spread On Croplands

Sep 15, 2019
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For more than 20 years, the eastern Michigan town of Lapeer sent leftover sludge from its sewage treatment plant to area farms, supplying them with high-quality, free fertilizer while avoiding the expense of disposal elsewhere.

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Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for drone strikes on two Saudi Aramco oil facilities early Saturday, according to a statement by a Houthi spokesman.

President Trump says that Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden, has been killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.

In a statement released by the White House on Saturday, Trump said bin Laden's son was responsible for "planning and dealing with various terrorist groups." His death, he said, "not only deprives al-Qa'ida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group."

A Maine survey indicates heating oil prices are dropping to the lowest level in nearly two years - good news for consumers as the heating season nears.

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A new pilot program kicks off next week in Maine that aims to improve lending options for library patrons.

There was something different about the Democratic debate this week, compared with the earlier rounds this summer. Something was happening that was hard to pin down, but it was palpable. Not the contrast of night and day, but perhaps the difference between dusk and dawn.

It's a critical difference, and it comes at a crucial time. Because the Trump presidency these candidates are competing to truncate has reached what may be a critical juncture. But more of that in a moment.

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Latinx community groups based in Texas and Arizona are suing to block the Trump administration from collecting government records for the production of data concerning the U.S. citizenship status of every person living in the country.

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Maine Public Deep Dive

In this Deep Dive, Maine Public's explores the difficulty of accessing affordable, high-quality child care, as well as possible solutions.

All this week, Maine Public participates in an international reporting initiative to highlight the effects of climate change.

MAINE CALLING

Country Music - A film by Ken Burns

Tuesday — We speak with two of the people behind the new PBS documentary 'Country Music.'