Maine news

BANGOR, Maine- Police in Bangor are investigating a child fatality, which they say occurred inside a home, and appears to have been caused by an animal.

State May Acquire Woodland Dam

Aug 6, 2017

 AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine says it will take over a paper mill company's dam as long it doesn't need a federal license to do so.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A judge says she's not dismissing the murder conviction of Anthony Sanborn but will likely ask his defense attorney to provide to prosecutors more specifics about allegations of wrongdoing by law enforcement officials.

Veteran Runners Win Beach to Beacon

Aug 6, 2017

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) - Two runners from Kenya have won northern New England's biggest road race.

Beach to Beacon Race Under Way

Aug 5, 2017

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) _ The road race inspired by Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson is still going strong as the race reaches the 20-year mark and Samuelson reaches the 60-year mark.

Mal Leary / Maine Public/file

The court master who oversees the rights of mental health patients at Riverview Psychiatric Center says there have been improvements, but there's still some way to go before the Augusta psychiatric hospital is ready to operate without the intense scrutiny of a consent decree.

Dan Wathen has served as court master for Riverview, since 1990, when he was appointed as part of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit by former psychiatric patients.

A Maine insurance co-op says it's appealing a federal court decision to dismiss the co-op's lawsuit against the U.S. government.

In the lawsuit filed a year ago, Community Health Options argued that it's owed $23 million in back payments under the Affordable Care Act's risk corridor program.  That program was a temporary one designed to help stabilize the insurance market for higher-than-expected costs. 

But the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled this week that CHO could not claim the money because Congress barred the use of public funds for the program. 

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's liquor agency is downsizing its plan to raise retail prices on "value'' liquor products.

The Sun Journal reports that the executive director of the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations said Thursday the increase will be capped to prevent prices on individual items from rising more than $1.

Regulators announced the price hike on nearly 1,000 products after Gov. Paul LePage failed to ban tiny bottles known as "nips.''

PORTLAND, Maine - A minor league baseball team in Maine is going to give away bobblehead dolls of the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress as part of a celebration of women's equality.
The Portland Sea Dogs will give away dolls of Margaret Chase Smith on Aug. 26 as part of Women's Equality Day. Smith served 32 years in Congress and was the first woman whose name was placed in nomination for president at a major party convention.

Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’ House For Sale

Aug 4, 2017
Ashley L. Conti / Bangor Daily News

For $255,000 the house that inspired internationally known horror writer Stephen King to write “Pet Sematary” can be yours.

PORTLAND, Maine - The city of Portland is welcoming two special tall ships this weekend on what coincides with the anniversary of the founding of the United States Coast Guard.
The Portland Press Herald reports that the nonprofit group Tall Ships Portland will welcome the Coast Guard's USS Eagle and the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the Portland Harbor. The vessels will be open to the public for free tours Saturday and Sunday.

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine - Authorities in Maine are searching for a missing Massachusetts man after his unmanned sailboat was found on an island.
According to the Coast Guard, local firefighters found the sailboat around Thursday evening on Richmond Island near Cape Elizabeth. Officials say the sailboat's sails were raised but no one was aboard the vessel.
Coast Guard officials say they were able to identify the 80-year-old owner of the sailboat. According to the Coast Guard, the incident is being treated as a possible person in the water.

Summer Reads

Aug 4, 2017

This is a rebroadcast of our earlier show (June 23). No calls will be taken.

Summertime and the reading is easy – easy if you know which books are must-reads and must-avoids. Our panel shares some of their favorite books and which books they’re looking forward to reading.

Mark Vogelzang / Maine Public

Richard Dudman, an American newsman who rose to prominence in the 1970s and later made his home in Maine, has died. The Ellsworth American reported that Dudman passed away at a retirement community in Blue Hill. He was 99.

CARIBOU, Maine - Maine game wardens have suspended their search for a retired 85-year-old priest who's been missing for two weeks.
The Maine Warden Service on Wednesday ended its formal search for Clement Thibodeau, of Caribou, but will continue to investigate his disappearance. The Morning Sentinel reports that the agency was searching for Thibodeau based on cellphone data.