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PARIS, Maine — A grand jury has indicted a Norway man on charges that he broke into a Hebron home and stole the family dog as well as several electronic items.

Timothy Scott Robbins faces felony burglary and theft charges.

Authorities say the 27-year-old Robbins broke into the home on March 21 and stole two laptops, two iPads, three digital cameras, an Xbox gaming system and 35 to 40 games, jewelry and the family's 2-year-old golden retriever.

Former Maine Senator Olympia Snowe has told the Bangor Daily News she supports the idea of open primaries. Snowe told the paper that would allow more independent and moderate to have a say in choosing candidates. Snowe said she was disappointed her former aide, Kevin Raye, lost congressional primary to the more conservative Bruce Poliquin. Snowe told the Bangor paper Raye, "illustrated the importance of consensus, and compromise."

Over the weekend, the Maine Sunday Telegram released poll results showing Democrat Mike Michaud in a statistical dead heat in the governor's race. The poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, found Michaud with 40 percent support, to Republican Gov. Paul LePage's 36 percent, but a margin of error of 4.3 percent. Fifteen percent supported independent Eliot Cutler and 7 percent told pollsters they were undecided.

The pollsters talked with 527 likely voters June 12-18.

The Portland Press Herald is releasing poll results Monday that show Maine is divided over welfare. The survey, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, found 46 percent of those asked believe most people need state welfare benefits, but 41 percent said most people don't need the benefits they get. Forty-six percent of those polled also said giving people welfare benefits does more harm than good; 43 percent said the reverse.

LEWISTON, Maine — A 15-year-old Lewiston girl reported missing by her mother last week has been found safe.

Police said Sunday that Brianna Robinson was located in Mississippi over the weekend.

Arrangements are being made for her to return home.

The girl was reported missing by her mother Wednesday. She'd last been seen with her boyfriend at Lewiston High School.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine officials are encouraging residents to protect their homes against severe summer weather.

Gov. Paul LePage and Bureau of Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa say that the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season means that residents should be ready for possible high winds, flooding and other things that can damage homes. Hurricane season runs June 1 through Nov. 30.

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.