Maine news

For many in Maine, the border with Canada is an everyday fact of life. People cross the border for shopping, work or family.

But since September 11 — and, more recently, under the Trump administration — the border which used to be more porous is now hardened. For example, crossing is more formal. Stops within in the 100-mile "border zone" are increasing, and Trump administration policies have introduced a new friction into relationships between the two countries.

The Soul of America: The Latest Book by Author Jon Meacham

Jul 17, 2018
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Best-selling author Jon Meacham joins us to explain that, despite our current tumultuous times, the country has been through periods of turmoil before, and how, by looking to examples in the nation’s past, we can better understand our current political climate.

Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

In a proposal to base The CAT in Bar Harbor, the Canadian firm that operates high-speed ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia says it will spend $3 million in infrastructure improvements to the idle Route 3 property and will pay the town at least $200,000 in annual rent for five years. Both dollar figures are in U.S. currency.

How One Man’s Vision Is Reshaping A Coastal Maine Community

Jul 16, 2018
Bill Trotter / Bangor Daily News

Paul Coulombe has big plans for Boothbay Harbor.  But some residents say they’re so big that they will forever change the character of this seaside enclave that for decades has mixed a working waterfront with modest motels, cottages and seafood joints geared primarily toward accommodating working-class summer vacationers.

Our Towns: A New Book by Deborah & James Fallows

Jul 16, 2018

Jim and Deb Fallows spent 5 years travelling in the small propeller plane to small towns across America, including Eastport, Maine.  In their new book, they share stories of civic and economic reinvention taking place in parts of the country we often don’t hear much about. 

Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in Portland Friday promoting a boosted effort to enforce opioid laws in regions, including Maine, that have been hit especially hard by the epidemic.

HAMPDEN, Maine (AP) - 55-year-old Philip Clark of Hampden was arrested Friday for the alleged murder of a woman who lived at the same location on Kennebec Road.

AUGUSTA, Maine- The sparring has begun in a lawsuit over the stalled release of Clean Elections Act funding. Governor Paul LePage is being sued for disallowing the distribution of that money to publicly financed candidates for Governor and the legislature.

ORONO, Maine - A research team from the University of Maine has received a $1 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to further its work on a diagnostic sleep monitoring system.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The outside group hired to investigate complaints about Central Maine Power bills is expanding its review to include the utility's customer service performance.

LINCOLN, Maine (AP) - Authorities in Maine have arrested two men and charged them with selling methamphetamine.


Two of the state’s busiest prosecutorial districts will have new district attorneys in November after long-serving chief prosecutors decided not to seek re-election.

We discuss summer driving, autonomous driving, and other news from the world of cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs.

John Paul, AAA Northeast Car Doctor, joins us. He has more than 30 years of experience in the automobile industry and is an ASE-Certified Master Technician.


AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine 14-year-olds can bus tables at restaurants that serve liquor as the state's liquor bureau moves ahead with its plan.
The state Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations says the effort will address Maine's labor shortage in the tourism and service industries.
The bureau said July 5 that it's already allowing the proposed change even though it won't go into effect until August 1. That means 14-year-olds can begin bussing tables as long as they have work permits.

Portland's mayor and a city councilor are renewing a push to allow some noncitizens to vote in local elections.

The proposal would allow adult noncitizens who are legally present in the U.S., including asylum seekers and refugees, to vote in municipal elections such as local referendums. The Portland Press Herald reports noncitizens are allowed to vote in a handful of U.S. cities.

Democratic Mayor Ethan Strimling says the timing is right to place the initiative on the ballot this November, adding that City Councilor Pious Ali is leading the effort.