Maine news

Indiana-based Purdue University is buying for-profit Kaplan University, which has three campuses in Maine among its 15 locations nationwide.

In a press release, Purdue, a land-grant institution founded nearly 150 years ago, says the acquisition will lead to the creation of a new public university intended to expand access to higher education.

University of Maine System Trustees have approved a first step in the University of Southern Maine's master plan:  They've given the green light to an $80 million capital campaign.  

Most of that money will pay for construction of a 1,000-seat performing arts center on the Portland campus. USM President Glenn Cummings says the facility will serve several functions.

ORONO, Maine - The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says one person died and four others were arrested following a fire at a meth lab in Orono.
Officials say a couple who rented the apartment and two others were charged Thursday with operating a meth lab. They say a fifth person wanted in connection with the incident is believed to have died after fleeing the scene with severe burns.
Maine Public Safety Department spokesman says the victim's body was transported night to Augusta for an autopsy. His name was being withheld Friday morning.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers are set to consider bills to protect babies exposed to drugs and support peer recovery.
More than one person a day died from drug overdoses in Maine last year, and lawmakers this year have taken steps to increase access to medication-assisted treatment.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine poet's endearing piece about her husband's dementia has won an international poetry award.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Lee Sharkey was presented with the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize for her poem, "Letter to Al'', at an award ceremony in Dublin, Ireland Thursday. A magazine called The Moth sponsors the contest.
Sharkey and three other finalists were plucked from thousands of entries. The Maine native was awarded 10,000 euros which equals about $10,725.

Equal Pay

17 hours ago

Although the gender pay gap has narrowed over the years, it’s still significant – women earn 79 cents for every dollar earned by men in the U.S. The American Association of University Women is focusing this year’s Maine convention on this issue. We’ll discuss why the pay gap persists, and how employees and employers can work to improve women’s pay.

Guests: Barbara Babkirk, Heart At Work Associates, Career Counseling and Outplacement Services

Sarah Whitfield, Assistant Director for Careers in Law, Government and Policy, Colby College

WATERVILLE, Maine - Officials at a Maine college say they're planning the school's biggest project ever _ a $200 million athletic center that will bring dramatic upgrades, including what they believe to be the state's first Olympic-sized swimming pool.

The Waterville Morning Sentinel reports that Colby College announced the project on Wednesday. Colby President David Greene said prep work will start this summer and the 350,000-square-foot center should be open by 2020.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine House of Representatives has decided the fishing day should get longer for the state's lobstermen in the fall.

The House on Tuesday approved a bill to extend the legal hours when lobsters can be harvested in the month of October. The bill now moves to the Senate.

State laws don't allow lobster fishing from a half hour after sunset until a half hour before sunrise from June 1 to Oct. 31. The bill would change it so lobsters could be harvested starting at 5 a.m. in the month of October.

High School Quiz Show

Apr 27, 2017

Maine Public's High School Quiz Show premieres on April 27th, kicking off the show's inaugural 2017 season. Nearly 30 schools from across Maine took the qualifying test and the top eight scoring schools battle it out this spring on Maine Public Television.
The champion team will take home a $1000 prize for their school’s Project Graduation. We'll hear the behind-the-scenes story of the new show—how it was created, what the competition is like, and how the quiz show promotes an emphasis on academics throughout the state.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Stearns High School in Millinocket made national headlines six years ago for how it responded to declining enrollment and a shrinking budget — it decided to bring in students from other countries through the F-1 visa program to fill in the gaps.

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has arrested a Maine man accused of getting off an Amtrak train with 1,200 doses of fentanyl, a highly potent narcotic.
Agents say 32-year-old James Young-Dumont tried to run but was quickly detained Tuesday in Brunswick. He's charged with aggravated trafficking, violation of bail and failure to appear in court.
Agents say he had 120 grams of fentanyl with a street value of $22,000 in his pocket. The drug is a culprit in the growing number of overdose deaths in Maine.

Officials in Portland have found a place to put contaminated sediment dredged from the city’s harbor.

The site, near the Coast Guard Station in South Portland, was the only one of several proposed sites that didn’t meet with economic, environmental or other objections.

It has been 70 years since some of the piers have been dredged, and Portland Waterfront Coordinator Bill Needleman says that’s a problem for a working harbor.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Portland City Council plans to extend the season for the Portland-to-Nova Scotia ferry service by two weeks.
The City Council unanimously approved a contract to extend the season on Monday. The Portland Press Herald reports that the agreement is expected to generate an additional $16,600 for the city.
Portland received $265,000 in rent, parking and fees from the ferry agreement last year.

David McCullough

Apr 26, 2017

David McCullough is the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.  His joins us to discuss his new book (out 4/18/17) The American Spirt: Who We Are and What We Stand For.

Guest:  David McCullough, author of numerous books, including The Wright Brothers, The Greater Journey, 1776, John Adams, and Truman.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Authorities in Maine say a fire that left six people homeless in Augusta was set by a 5-year-old playing with either matches or a lighter.
The Augusta Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal's Office said the Monday apartment house fire started in a first-floor apartment and spread quickly through the building.
No one was injured. The fire department says the building has been deemed a complete loss.