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PORTLAND, Maine — A Guatemalan man convicted of stealing the identity of a Texas man to obtain a Maine identification card, collect welfare benefits and get a job in Maine has been sentenced to 16 months in prison.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Sergio Suhum, who had lived in Auburn and Brunswick since 2008 under the name of a Hidalgo County, Texas, man, was also ordered Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland to pay more than $1,300 in restitution.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Former Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine is laying out ideas for how to boost productivity and promote bipartisanship in Congress.

Snowe, a co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Commission on Political Reform, will help unveil the group's report, "Governing in a Polarized America: A Bipartisan Blueprint to Strengthen our Democracy," Tuesday in Washington.

She'll be joined by others, including former Senate Majority Leaders Democrat Tom Daschle of South Dakota and Republican Trent Lott of Mississippi.

ORONO, Maine — High school students and teachers and representatives of tribal communities are gathering at the University of Maine to come up with ideas for solutions related to stormwater management.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection, UMaine scientists and students, city water planners and several businesses are taking part of the weeklong Stormwater Management Research Team Institute. Participants will install wireless sensors at the Arctic Brook watershed in Bangor and collect data as citizen scientists.

CONCORD, N.H. — Authorities have identified the 18-year-old New Hampshire man who was reported missing Saturday and found stabbed to death that day in Maine.

The victim has been identified as Aaron Wilkinson of Madbury, about 20 miles from Lebanon, Maine, where his body was discovered Saturday afternoon.

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office says the Madbury Police Department received a report about the missing teen from a parent Saturday morning.

BANGOR, Maine — A Maine company that sold counterfeit Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots apparel faces a fine of up to $5 million for trafficking bogus goods.

Robert Berg Enterprises Inc., which did business as Berg Sportswear in Corinna, entered a guilty plea Monday in federal court. No sentencing date was set.

Prosecutors say the screen-printing business violated trademarks of the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots, along with the New York Yankees, Harley-Davidson, John Deere, Jack Daniels, Orange County Choppers and Playboy.

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.