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Waterville Police Department has announced a new substance treatment program. According to the , the new program will be called Operation HOPE. Police will confiscate and destroy any drugs or paraphernalia brought to the police station and they will not charge anyone who attempts to get addiction help.

From the Associated Press:

A Winslow woman is facing charges after police say they found her passed out in her car with a needle in her arm and her toddler in the vehicle. She charged Tuesday with driving under the influence of drugs and endangering the welfare of a child.

The Maine secretary of state's office has received official requests for recounts for proposals to legalize marijuana and to raise taxes for high-income earners to help schools.The difference in the marijuana proposal was half of a percentage point. The margin was somewhat wider on the education proposal.

A judge will decide whether a 17-year-old Maine boy should be tried as an adult or a juvenile on charges that he killed his parents. Andrew Balcer is scheduled to appear Thursday afternoon in court in Augusta. Balcer is accused of killing Antonio and Alice Balcer in their Winthrop home. He's charged with two counts of murder. Documents detailing the Oct. 31 crime have been sealed, including the cause and manner of death.

Forbes magazine says Maine is the second-worst U.S. state in which to do business. The magazine's annual ranking, issued Wednesday, put Maine behind only West Virginia. The report cited high business costs, strict regulatory environment, weak labor supply, and poor growth prospects. Maine was 15th for quality of life.

Family members of a 16-year-old transgender boy who killed himself at a Maine juvenile detention facility say he was denied mental health care. Charles Knowles was found dead at the Long Creek Youth Development Center on Nov. 1. Michelle Knowles says she begged authorities to give him mental health treatment. Maine Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick hasn't responded to requests for comment.

The federal government plans to allow scallop fishermen to catch more of the shellfish next year as consumer demand for them continues to grow. New rules are expected to yield about 47 million pounds of scallops. The decision represents a slight increase from this year's set of rules, which are expected to allow fishermen to catch 46.9 million pounds of scallops.

Hillary Clinton has been reflecting on her devastating defeat in the presidential election. At an appearance Wednesday night at the annual gala of the Children's Defense Fund, Clinton's message included a pep talk, telling people "never, ever give up" and "America needs your energy." Clinton also admitted that there were a few times following the election that she just wanted to "curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house again."

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely want to hear assurances from President-elect Donald Trump when the two meet in New York Thursday. Trump said during the campaign that he would demand that allies such as Japan and South Korea contribute more to the cost of basing U.S. troops in their countries. Such comments have worried Japan at a time when the threat from North Korea is rising, and China is challenging the U.S.-led security status quo in the Pacific.

Pakistani police say hundreds of students at a Pak-Turk International school chain in Lahore are protesting Pakistan's decision to expel 400 Turkish nationals. The Turkish citizens were given 72 hours to leave Pakistan, but they've challenged the order in court. Turkey accuses the Pak-Turk school of being linked to the movement of U.S. -based dissident cleric Fethullah Gulen (FEH'-too-lah goo-LEN'), who they blame for a July failed coup.

Now that marijuana can be sold legally in Alaska, business owners will be submitting their first tax payments to the state. But they may end up having to pay their taxes in bundles of cash. Other businesses can just cut a check, but banks are still leery about dealing with the pot business because marijuana is still illegal on the federal level.

The Dallas Mavericks won't be staying at any Trump-branded hotels when they hit the road. Owner Mark Cuban, a frequent critic of Donald Trump, says the decision not to stay at a Trump hotel was made before the presidential election. ESPN is reporting that not only are the Mavericks staying away from Trump hotels, but the Memphis and Milwaukee teams are as well.