Maine news

Mal Leary / Maine Public

AUGUSTA, Maine - A newly-released study has found that civil legal aid in Maine has an economic impact of about $105 million a year. 

The study was done for the Justice Action Group, which advocates for legal representation of low-income and vulnerable people in Maine. 

The group is co-chaired by Maine Supreme Court Justice Andrew Mead.  Mead says the study shows that the aid is well spent and has a positive impact on society.

Several Maine District Attorney’s offices say they’ll stop using a private prisoner-transport company after an investigation by the Lewiston Sun-Journal into allegations by a Lewiston woman, who was being brought from Florida to Auburn to face probation violation, that the company seriously mistreated her during the ride.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

A team of state and federal investigators is trying to pinpoint who’s behind two separate fires that destroyed six tractor trailer cabs owned by the same company in Scarborough and Poland Sunday night causing close to a million dollars in damage.

Steve McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety says what appear to be coordinated arsons are unusual for Maine.  The first one was reported at 8:16 in Scarborough by a truck driver who was sleeping in his rig on-site.

There's more snow in store for parts of northern New England.
A storm that arrived overnight was expected to drop up to a foot of snow Tuesday in northwestern Maine. Northern New Hampshire could get clobbered as well.

Meteorologist Andy Pohl from the National Weather Service says it'll rain along the coast. But he says it'll be cold enough for snow at inland locations.
And that may not be the end of it. Weather officials are keeping an eye on another system that's forming later in the week.

LEWISTON, Maine - A Maine woman is trying to get back 64 animals seized from her apartment in Lewiston.

Officials say one pet was dead and others needed medical attention when they arrived a month ago. The animals included cats, dogs, chinchillas, snakes, gerbils, hamsters and lizards.

On Tuesday, Samantha Bell is due in Lewiston District Court to argue to have them returned.

She said previously that she took in animals that no one else wanted and that they were well cared for.

Maine Women's History

Apr 4, 2017

We examine the role of Maine women in the fight for social change – from voting rights to issues in today’s headlines.  We’ll also discuss the experience of Franco-American women in the state and hear from an organizer trying to revive the Equal Rights Amendment. 

Guests: Rhea Cote Robbins, Director of the Franco-American Women's Institute

Eliza Townsend, Executive Director of the Maine Women's Lobby.

Maine Legislative Update

Apr 3, 2017

The latest news out of Augusta: We’ll speak to leaders from both sides of the aisle as the legislative session continues to address the budget, taxes, the opioid crisis, and more.

Guests: Sen. Andre Cushing, R-Newport, assistant Senate majority leader

Rep. Jared Golden, D- Lewiston, assistant House majority Leader

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

This story was originally published Friday, March 31.

This month about 70 women inmates formerly held in York County moved into the Southern Maine Women’s Re-entry Center in Windham, a brand-new facility designed to house close to 100 minimum-security prisoners who have less than four years remaining on their sentences.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A foundation has donated another 100 3-D printers to schools and nonprofits across Maine, bringing the total donated to 150.

David Perloff of The Perloff Family Foundation said most of the printers are going directly into classrooms where students can take advantage of them using their state-issued laptops.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — The surface appears to be sandy, but it’s nothing like Ogunquit Beach.

A scientist in Maine and her team have given familiar place names to some land features being visited by the red planet’s Curiosity rover.

The effort got attention on social media in March when Curiosity began scooping at the location, Ogunquit Beach. Images showed a fine, red sand.

Geologist R. Aileen Yingst is part of the team that assigned the Maine names.

Mary Schwalm / Associated Press

BATH, Maine — A naval aviator who crash-landed his plane to try to save a downed pilot in the Korean War is being honored with a ship bearing his name.

Medal of Honor recipient Tom Hudner, who’s 92, watched Saturday as the future USS Thomas Hudner was christened during a snowstorm at Bath Iron Works in Maine.

Hudner did the only thing he could think of to help after he saw a fellow fighter pilot trapped in a burning plane behind enemy lines in the Korean War. He crash-landed his own plane, climbed out and tried to save his comrade, Ensign Jesse Brown.

NFL’s Top Prize Returns to Bangor for First Time Since 2002

Apr 3, 2017
Nick Sambides Jr. / Bangor Daily News

It wasn’t quite a visit from quarterback Tom Brady, but the trophy that the New England Patriots won for their stunning come-from-behind Super Bowl victory in February was on display at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor despite being involved in a fender bender earlier Saturday.

Maine Legislative Update

Apr 3, 2017

The latest news out of Augusta. We’ll speak to leaders from both sides of the aisle as the legislative session continues to address the budget, taxes, the opioid crisis, and more.


Sen. Andre Cushing, R-Newport, assistant Senate majority leader

Rep. Jared Golden, D- Lewiston, assistant House majority Leader

Time, Pressures of Life Make School a Challenge

Apr 2, 2017

One thing that has never been hard for me was speaking my mind and asking as many questions as I needed to understand a subject, but that changed this year.

Since I've entered high school, I've found it harder to speak my mind and to ask questions about the material. This is most likely due to all of the new pressures I've not yet had to deal with in my life. The work is much harder than I've had before and I've found time management much more difficult, debating between allocating my time to sports, homework, friends, and personal time for myself.

Sports have never taken more than two to three hours of my day, but this year I've been out at football games until 1 a.m. This has been a radical change for me and it has been a struggle getting used to. School also has become more of a challenge to keep up with. When you're out until late and school starts at 7:30 a.m., it can be hard to stay on top of the homework assignments and remember all of the information presented in class. This leads into the controversial changing of school start time.

There's been talk of changing the start time of school from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. I believe that this would be a mistake for a multitude of reasons. First, it would interfere with parents who drop their kids off at school and change their schedules.

Jeff Pidot/Natural Resources Council of Maine

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine - The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is one of the nation's newest recreational areas; it's really just getting started. Three years ago the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico was in a similar spot. Now, a chamber representative from New Mexico is coming to Maine to share what their community has learned during the process.