Maine news

Mary Bonauto

32 minutes ago

Maine resident and Civil Rights Project Director at GLAD since 1990, Mary Bonauto has litigated in the state and federal courts of New England on discrimination issues, parental rights, free speech and religious liberty, and relationship recognition. In 2015 she successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in the historic case Obergefell v. Hodges, establishing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide.

The Black Lives Matter protesters who shut down a section of Portland’s Commercial Street last summer are now legally off the hook.

After several go-rounds in court, the clock has run out on a deal that allowed disorderly conduct charges to be wiped out if 6 months passed without any of the protesters committing a new offense, and if protesters met privately with police to discuss their differences in an attempt at “restorative justice.”

“The case is over,” says John Gale, a lawyer for one of the defendants, Karen Lane.

The 18 Lost Years of a Maine Man Imprisoned for His Addiction

17 hours ago
Erin Rhoda / Bangor Daily News

Looking out over Walsh Field Recreation Area in Belfast on June 7, the prison cells that once encased a third of Sheldon Snell’s life seemed like a cold, distant planet.

Land for Maine's Future

Jul 26, 2017

An update on LMF, which was established in 1987. To date, LMF has helped protect more than 600,000 acres of land in Maine through matching funds, forming partnerships with conservation organizations at all levels of society, from town parks and recreation departments to the federal agencies.  

Guests: Kate Dempsey, State Director, The Nature Conservancy in MaineDavid Trahan, Executive Director, Sportsman's Alliance of MaineJeff Romano, Public Policy Coordinator, Maine Coast Heritage Trust

William Wegman

Jul 25, 2017

The acclaimed filmmaker, artist and photographer – best known for his work with his Weimaraner dogs (you’ve seen them on "Sesame Street" and in the Maine Turnpike plazas, among other places!) -  joins us to discuss his life’s work and exhibit currently on display at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.

Guest:  William Wegman is a pioneering video artist, conceptualist, photographer, painter and writer.

School Might Be Out for Summer, but Hunger Never Takes a Break

Jul 24, 2017
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

For the last four summers, Tim Crider has driven a bus route throughout several Bangor neighborhoods around lunchtime for the Bangor Housing Authority.

On a recent muggy Monday, Crider drove out of the housing authority’s Community Center parking lot and headed off to the Capehart neighborhood. Children in that area of the Bangor School District attend Downeast Elementary School, where 92 percent of the children qualify for free and reduced lunch during the school year. During the summer though, when school isn’t in season, there is no school lunch to be had.

What Maine’s New Recreational Marijuana Market Will Look Like

Jul 24, 2017
Mickey Bedell / Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers are coalescing around a rough plan for the state’s new recreational marijuana industry after months of wonky hearings and with weeks more to go before a final proposal that could come by summer’s end.

Voters backed legalization by a slim margin in the 2016 election, approving a law allowing Mainers over age 21 to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana. It said marijuana would be taxed at 10 percent and built on a statewide cultivation cap of 800,000 square feet.

Recreational Fishing

Jul 24, 2017

Maine is known as one of the best places to fish--whether it's fly-fishing in lakes and streams or going for saltwater game fish. We'll hear from experts on what fishing means to Maine's culture and economy, best places to go, ways to get started -- and maybe learn some insider tips.


Mac McKeever, LL Bean senior public relations representative and lifelong Maine fisherman
Bonnie Holding, Director of Information and Education for Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; she is also a Master Maine Guide

Jennifer Mitchell

WOODLAND, Maine - Dozens of farms are unbolting the barn door for Maine Open Farm Day, showcasing everything from berries to alpacas. 

Panel Mulls Over Marijuana Tax

Jul 23, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Lawmakers tasked with rolling out the legalization of recreational marijuana are pondering the best way to tax pot to bring in state revenue and discourage the illicit market.

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ A growing concern about crashes involving pedestrians and vehicles is leading to a series of workshops sponsored by the Maine department of transportation and a bicycle coalition.

WARREN, Maine - An inmate at the Maine State Prison in Warren has died. According to the Maine Department of Corrections, the death of 47 year old Charles L. Pettigrow was "anticipated."

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Summer school — it’s a long been a dreaded rite of passage for students who are falling behind. Movies have been made about it, and some districts now refuse to even call it “summer school” because of the stigma.

But now, some schools are finding that some of the traditional ways they’ve approached programs in the past aren’t working, particularly at younger levels. That’s forced some districts to make changes.

CHERRYFIELD, Maine - Maine State Police are using DNA testing as part of their efforts to identify a female homicide victim whose body was found on a road in Cherryfield.
An autopsy has been completed as of Thursday, but the cause of death has not been released. WABI-TV reports police have received several calls regarding the woman's death. The body was found Wednesday.
Detectives are seeking additional information from people who drove by a crash site that they say is connected to the victim.

International Affairs

Jul 21, 2017

A panel of diplomats and scholars joins us to discuss the Trump Doctrine and the latest events from around the world.


Larry Pope, former U.S. Ambassador to Chad and U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Libya

Barbara Elias Klenner, Bowdoin College, Assistant Professor of Government