Jennifer Mitchell

News Producer

Jennifer Mitchell studied Music, English and Anthropology at Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio. She has worked as News Director for Peninsula Public Radio in Homer, Alaska, and served as news producer in Bangor for Maine Public Radio in 2004. Most recently, she spent four years working in South Africa as a producer, as well as classical music presenter in Cape Town.

Jennifer is a fan of open source computing, and music of all types, including old Victrola tunes, jazz, folk, world, goth and metal. When not on the air, she can be found researching 19th century social history. Her idea of a good time is several hours in a dank basement looking at old patent applications, newspaper archives, and original recipes for intriguing Victorian delights such as sheep's head soup and shadow potatoes.

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The Maine Warden Service continues to investigate the death of 34-year-old Karen Wrentzel of Hebron, who was shot late last month on the first day of hunting season.

Wrentzel was on her own land at the time she was apparently shot by a 38-year-old hunter. 

The case involves a second hunter as well. The hunters' identities have not been released.

The case will be referred to the office of the Attorney General who will decide whether criminal charges against either hunter are warranted.

Electric crews continue to make progress toward restoring power to some 80,000 customers of Emera and Central Maine Power who have been without electricity since a wind storm tore through the state Sunday night and Monday. 

That's down from about half a million customers at the height of the storm. 

"We are at the slowest part of this - and the slowest because you might have four or six bucket trucks on a road that are going to pick up two customers," says Sara Burns, CEO of CMP, Maine's largest utility.

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Gov. Paul LePage was on Capitol Hill on Thursday to testify against a House bill designed to support working waterfronts. HR 1176 is sponsored by Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District, but LePage takes issue with the role the federal government would play.

HEBRON, Maine - A woman was shot and killed on Saturday in the Oxford County town of Hebron, the victim of what authorities are saying looks like a hunting accident. 

A woman who successfully sued a Camden realty corporation for racial housing discrimination says she hasn’t seen a penny in court-awarded damages yet.

The woman’s nonprofit legal team is taking the relatively unusual step of forcible collection. The defendants deny any wrongdoing, and say the legal action has created a burden that is ruining their lives.

With flu season ahead, researchers at University of Maine say they've uncovered another reason to get a flu shot - especially for those with muscle disorders.

"The flu virus actually gets into your muscle cells," says Associate Professor Clarissa Henry, "so this is the first time it's been shown in a live animal."

Waterville police are investigating the Tuesday afternoon disappearance of two pit bulls who were slated for court-ordered euthanasia.

Police say the dogs were being housed at an animal shelter in Waterville, where their owner was allowed to visit them.

“The owner of those pit bulls took them for a walk. Ten, 15 minutes later, she returned to the shelter and said they’d gotten away from her and run into the woods,” says Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey.

After appealing to the wisdom of the crowd, Portland’s new minor league hockey team finally has a name.

“The Mariners was the popular pick. It wasn’t that the other names were bad, it’s just that the highest demand was for the Mariners,” says Adam Goldberg, vice president of business operations for the new East Coast Hockey League team.

Maine’s nursing shortage is becoming critical, with some regions poised to lose about half of their nursing staff to retirement in the next 10 years, according to a new analysis released Thursday by the Maine Nursing Action Coalition.

Lisa Harvey-McPherson, a registered nurse and co-chair of the coalition, says that during the 2008 recession, many nurses due to retire chose to keep working. Now she says they’re getting out of the workforce, along with others nearing retirement age, contributing to a projected shortage of 3,200 nurses in the next eight years.

The Maine People’s Alliance has launched a campaign to put a universal home health care initiative before voters in 2018.

“There are far too many Maine families right now that are going broke because they can’t afford to care for their elders,” says Mike Tipping with the Maine People’s Alliance.

Tipping says the citizen’s initiative would establish a program to provide in-home services and support for those with disabilities, and for those over age 65. He says the program would be funded through a 1.9 percent payroll tax on incomes over $127,000.

A Hallowell man was killed Wednesday morning when he lost control of his motorcycle on I-95, as he was exiting on a sharp curve at exit 109 in Augusta.

Tropical storm Jose remains stuck off the coast of Cape Cod, and according to weather experts, doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to move.

While it’s far enough away for Maine to avoid lots of rainfall, the coast will still feel its effects with unusually high surf.

“These are what we call long period swells,” says Meteorologist Tom Hawley with the National Weather Service. “They’re 5-10 footers, probably 12-15 seconds between waves.”

Hawley says as tempting as it may be to go stand at the shore to watch the waves, doing so could be very dangerous.

The Department of Marine Resources says that a shellfish recall implemented last week has resulted in about 98 percent of the product in being surrendered.

According to the department, about 57,000 out of 58,000 pounds of mussels harvested from Frenchman Bay were destroyed this week. The shellfish tested positive for higher than allowable levels of the neurotoxin that causes amnesic shellfish poisoning.

Some 1,100 pounds of the mussels are unaccounted for.

In the wake of an algal bloom, the Department of Marine Resources says it is working to recall shellfish that was harvested on or after Sept. 10 from a stretch of the Down East coast.  

"We don't, at this point, have exact numbers or amounts of product that are affected by the recall, but we've had good compliance with dealers," says marine resources department spokesman Jeff Nichols.

Nichols says levels of domoic acid in shellfish harvested from an area between Mount Desert Island and Gouldsboro prompted the closure.

The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.8 percent for August was little changed from the 3.7 percent seen in July — and slightly lower than a year ago.

“Unless there’s some kind of a shock to the system, a financial shock or a 9/11 event, I would expect unemployment to remain very low for quite some time,” says state labor economist Glenn Mills.

Mills says Maine’s demographics have a lot to do with the persistent low rate of unemployment.

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