Ed Morin

News Producer

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his B.A. in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with Public Broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.

After doing post-graduate work at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., Ed took a full time job with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network in 1979 and has been with the company ever since. Ed works primarily as a news producer although over the years he has produced a number of TV arts and public affairs programs as well as many radio arts and music programs. For many years Ed was the principal producer of Maine Stage. These days he is heard primarily as producer of Midday as well as Maine Things Considered newscast producer.

Ed counts among his passions music, sports and family, not necessarily in that order. He sort of plays piano and guitar and has done a good deal of singing. He is an enthusiastic figure skater.

Ed and his wife live in Portland and have four grown boys.

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The head of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services signed an emergency rule today aimed at providing treatment for MaineCare recipients and the uninsured who are struggling with opioid dependency.

Commissioner Mary Mayhew says the “opioid health home” model is a team-based approach that treats the whole person through substance abuse counseling, care coordination, medication-assisted treatment, peer support and medical consultation.

/ Courtesy Maine Department of Public Safety

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine State Police say a small plane made an emergency landing on Interstate 295 south in Bowdoinham just after 10 a.m. Tuesday. 

Police say the pilot,  John Gayley, of Bowdoin, had facial injuries and was taken to Maine Medical Center. His passenger, Rodney Voisene, also of Bowdoin, sustained a minor arm injury and was taken to a local hospital to be checked. 

PORTLAND, Maine - As expected he price of gasoline has increased in Maine.  GasBuddy is reporting that the current statewide average is up a nickle from last week to $2.32 a gallon. 

GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan says continued increases are seasonal in nature and that the main contributing factor is the price of crude oil, which is $5 a barrel higher than just a few weeks ago.

Maine State Police detectives have arrested a former Brunswick man in connection with the death of his 4-month-old son nearly 38 years ago, a death that was originally investigated as sudden infant death syndrome.

Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland says 62-year-old Burton “Ben” Hagar was arrested Friday without incident at his home in Farmington, where he now lives. McCausland says Hagar is the first person to be charged following an investigation by the new state police Unsolved Homicide Unit.

According to a June 2014 report, just 10 percent of Maine lawyers in private practice outside of Cumberland County are under the age of 35 and almost two-thirds are 50 or older. Concerned that rural counties will face a shortage of lawyers in coming years as aging attorneys retire, the University of Maine School of Law is partnering with several other organizations to launch a Rural Lawyer Pilot Project.

A Gorham woman is facing up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to federal fraud charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says between Feb. 2014 and Sept. 2016, Jamie Hussey embezzled more than $91,000 from the South Portland Housing Authority, where she worked as a resident services coordinator.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Perry says Hussey stole from a Housing and Urban Development program, the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, that allowed people to earn money for achieving certain goals.

A carrageenan manufacturing plant in Rockland would be purchased by Dupont under an agreement with current owner FMC.

In order to satisfy European regulators, as Dupont seeks to merge with Dow, Dupont plans to divest a portion of it's crop protection business and acquire FMC's health and nutrition business, which includes the plant in Rockland.

In an emailed statement, an FMC spokesman says that, for now, it's "business as usual." Dwayne Roark says FMC doesn't have any specifics about the future of any of its sites at this time.

State fisheries officials have extended the ice fishing season in northern Maine by a couple of weeks.

The state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says that, due to unusually cold weather, the ice fishing season in northern Maine has been extended from April 1, to Sunday, April 16.

After a review that included a public meeting, the Portland Water District Board of Trustees has decided that a wall near the East End Wastewater Treatment Facility will continue to be available for public art.

There were calls to end the practice in September, when a depiction of Gov. Paul LePage as a KKK grand wizard, and later with Mickey Mouse ears, appeared on the wall.

Water District spokeswoman Michelle Clements says more than 50 people attended the public meeting.

The Maine attorney general’s office says it’s ready to fight efforts by the Trump administration to postpone or weaken new, tougher fuel economy standards for new cars and trucks.

Maine is part of a coalition of states, led by New York, that says it will oppose any weakening of the Obama-era standards, which would require corporate fleet vehicles to get 54.5 miles to the gallon by 2025. The Trump administration has ordered that the rules be re-evaluated, and it’s expected to roll them back.

Volkswagen is paying more than $157 million to 10 states, including Maine, to settle environmental lawsuits over the company’s diesel emissions-cheating scandal.

State Attorney General Janet Mills says Maine and the other settling states have all adopted California’s stringent vehicle emission standards.

“In accordance with the legacy of Sens. Ed Muskie and George Mitchell, we want to enforce Maine’s environmental standards very stringently and we think our air, water and natural resources, and the health of our people, are pretty important,” she says.

Barbara Cariddi / Maine Public

PORTLAND, Maine - Researchers at the University of Maine say hemlock trees will be at risk of accelerated decline as winters warm in the Northeast.

Bill Livingston is associate professor of forest resources at UMaine.  He says in northern New England,  cold winter weather has been able to keep the insect that causes hemlock decline in check.

"But because the model we had was something where we could vary the temperature, we warmed up winter temperatures by 2 degrees and found that, yes, that decline of hemlock then started creeping northward," Livingston says.

There’s a sales agreement in place between the Scarborough Downs harness racing track in southern Maine and a prospective buyer.

Scarborough Downs spokesman Mike Sweeney says the prospective buyer, whom he was not authorized to name, is doing due diligence and nothing has been finalized.

Meanwhile, harness racing is set to continue in Scarborough.

“We are opening up our live racing season tomorrow so Saturday, we’re racing Saturday and Sunday with a 1:30 post time,” Sweeney says.

PORTLAND, Maine - Almost 200 asylum seekers living in Portland may face another hurdle to getting financial aid for food and housing:  New state legislation limits to two years the length of time asylum seekers can receive general assistance benefits.

City officials in Portland say federal law may prevent the city from stepping in to provide that aid.

"The problem is at the federal level, their law says unless the state allows it, the local municipality may not be able to provide that assistance on their own," says Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling.

February saw a hike in real estate values in Maine compared to the year before, but a decline in the number of homes sold.

The Maine Association of Realtors says the statewide median was up 12.5 percent to $180,000 during the month of February. However, sales eased almost 13 percent.

Association President Greg Gosselin says stormy weather last month had an effect on sales numbers, as did this not being a leap year. He says a major contributor to the price increase is tight inventory.