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Lawmaker Calls Lack of Placements for Kids 'Shocking'

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    Lawmaker Calls Lack of Placements for Kids 'Shocking'
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    Lawmakers are calling for answers on the state's troubled child welfare system and asking the public to weigh in.

    The Legislature's Government Oversight Committee is set to hold a March 8 public hearing on a legislative watchdog's recent survey of child protective caseworkers across Maine.

    The survey found caseworkers are reporting having faced a "dramatic and sudden" spike in their workload since the deaths of two young girls from alleged child abuse.

    The watchdog's survey also found that 91 percent of 141 surveyed caseworkers said they were asked to "stay with a child in the emergency room, hotel or other overnight setting."

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    Government Oversight Committee Senate Chair Justin Chenette, a Democrat, said that figure was "shocking" and could be a future focus for the committee.

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