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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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.

State officials are applauding a decision by Amazon to begin collecting and remitting Maine sales tax beginning April 1.

Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais says Maine businesses can go toe-to-toe with the very best out-of-state companies provided they are competing on an equal playing field.

In a written statement Monday afternoon, Gervais says that Amazon’s decision is an important first step in leveling the playing field.

PORTLAND, Maine - A new report finds gaps and inconsistencies in the sealing of juvenile records in Maine. 

While the juvenile justice system has traditionally emphasized treatment and rehabilitation for young people, limited safeguarding of these records can create consequences for people later in life.  Those consequences include difficulty finding a job, housing or serving in the military.   

A Superior Court judge has found in favor of a Maryland-based trash-to energy company that wants to build a $69 million dollar biogas, organic trash disposal facility in Hampden, just south of Bangor.

Plans are for Fiberright to take over the disposal contract for a group of 187 municipalities in the region currently doing business with the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. in Orrington. Last August, PERC filed an appeal of a decision by the Maine Department of Environment Protection to grant permits for Fiberight’s Hampden project.

Prices for heating fuels in Maine have come down over the past few weeks.

Lisa Smith with the Governor’s Energy Office says, since late February, the statewide average price of heating oil has dropped 4 cents a gallon to $2.26. Kerosene is also down 4 cents to $2.79 a gallon, and the statewide average price of propane is down a nickel to $2.55.

Smith says the price drops follow an historical trend and reflect supply and demand.

Maine Veterans' Homes facility on Cony Rd. in Augusta
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Maine Veterans Homes wants to build a new, 138 bed nursing facility in Augusta, across the road from MaineGeneral Medical Center. The existing facility would be replaced with what are described as “small house style” units. Marketing Director Devin Robinson says the “small home” model is the newest, most current nursing home style in the country. That’s in contrast to the current facility which was built using a hospital format with long hallways and large units.

PORTLAND, Maine - Searchers continue to look for a missing Arundel woman whose husband was found dead yesterday inside their home in what is being called a suspicious death. 

State Police spokesman Steve McCausland says, as of Thursday evening, Sue Kim Coito,  who has severe Alzheimer's, had not been located and may have been missing from the home since the weekend. 

"As of 5:30, nothing found," he says, "and it is likely that the search will continue on Friday with additional searchers and dogs being called in to help."

With the U.S. facing an almost trillion dollar backlog of unmet highway and bridge needs, Maine U.S. Senator Susan Collins chaired a Senate subcommittee hearing today Wednesday exploring how to improve the nation’s infrastructure.

Among those joining Collins at the hearing in Washington was Maine Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt, who’s heading a national association of transportation officials. Bernhardt told the panel that assured federal funding is very important.

Maine’s high court has given a number of former full-time Shaw’s employees a victory as they pursue an age discrimination lawsuit against the grocery store chain.

Fruit and vegetable displays in most supermarkets contain produce that’s well-shaped and uniform in color without any scars or other blemishes. That doesn’t mean it’s more nutritious and tasty than products that are cosmetically less than perfect. In a pilot program Scarborough-based Hannaford Supermarkets is making misfit fruits and vegetables available at a discount in 15 of its midcoast and southern Maine stores. Hannaford spokesman Eric Bloom.

Members of Maine’s Congressional Delegation are weighing in on President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, which was announced Monday.

In a statement, Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says that the president’s new immigration executive order addresses some of the concerns Collins had with the original ban. For example, she notes that the new order now exempts green card and visa holders and permits Iraq translators and others who assisted the U.S. military.

A Quebec musher won his eighth victory in Maine’s biggest sled dog race, the 250-mile Irving Woodlands Can-Am Crown.

Martin Massicotte finished late Sunday, completing the race in 20 hours, 7 minutes and 38 seconds. He was followed by two other Quebec mushers, Andre Longchamps and Denis Tremblay.

Race spokesman Beurmond Banville says those three finished within 47 minutes of each other.

“The winner, Massicotte, beat out Longchamps by 17 minutes, and then Denis Tremblay came in 3rd, and the three of them were within 47 minutes of each other after 221 miles,” he says.

PORTLAND, Maine - The state Medical Examiner's Office says the January deaths of a former Old Orchard Beach town councilor and a young woman were caused by a mixture of drugs and alcohol and have been ruled accidental.

Forty-four-year-old Dana Furtado and 21-year-old Amber Morrow of Saco were found dead at Furtado's home Jan. 23.

A spokesman for the medical examiner's office says Furtado and Morrow died of acute intoxication due to the combined effect of alcohol and drugs, including fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.

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