Maine news

MANCHESTER, Maine (AP) - State police in Maine are investigating the deaths of a husband and wife as an apparent murder-suicide.

SORRENTO, Maine - Maine animal welfare investigators say they've removed dozens of animals from a farmer's home for allegedly inhumane living conditions.
A state spokesman said Thursday that veterinarians are evaluating the 14 sheep, 22 pigs and eight rats for malnutrition and other health problems after officials seized the animals. A phone number couldn't be found for the animals' owner, 51-year-old Marc Calcia, of Sorrento. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.

BOSTON - New England is preparing for the first significant region-wide snowfall of the season that could bring six or more inches of snow.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for much of southern New England that takes effect Saturday morning and lasts until Sunday.
Most areas including Boston; Providence, Rhode Island; and Hartford, Connecticut; are forecast to get 3 to 6 inches, with the potential for 8 inches in central Massachusetts
Coastal areas should get less snow with rain mixing in on Cape Cod and the Islands.

LEWISTON, Maine - Country music singer Tony Jackson has met with a 74-year-old Lewiston fan who credits his song "The Grand Tour'' with keeping him alive during his recovery from heart surgery.
Terry Farrington, daughter of Leon Farrington, sent a message to Jackson on Nov. 27 to say thank you, and wasn't expecting the response she got from the singer. The Sun Journal reports Jackson drove 10 hours to meet them Nov. 30 after receiving the message.

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Residents of the town of Phippsburg may soon have an unobstructed view of the sunrise near Popham Beach. The Maine Board of Environmental Protection ruled Thursday that the remnants of a century-old pier, just off the beach, can be removed by an adjacent property owner.

The board rejected an appeal brought by some local residents who say the 150 pilings are part of the town’s history and landscape.

It’s probably safe to say that old timber pilings are typically not beloved, especially when they’re deteriorating. But residents of Phippsburg say these pilings are unique.

WESTBROOK, Maine - A local Maine library is upgrading its surveillance cameras to deter sexually inappropriate behavior.
The Kennebec Journal reports the Westbrook City Council approved the purchase of 11 new high quality cameras for the Walker Memorial Library earlier this week. The library currently uses a few analog cameras.

The Best & Overlooked Books of 2017

Dec 8, 2017

It's one of our listeners’ favorite shows: a review of books that made (or should have made) the best-seller lists of 2017. 

Guests: Joshua Bodwell, Executive Director of the Maine Writers & Publishers AllianceElizabeth Pohl, Director of the Lithgow Public LibraryAri Gersen, owner of Longfellow Books

Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant has resigned after admitting to sending a lewd photo of himself to a woman two years ago, and allegations that he solicited sex from co-workers.

“Sheriff Wayne Gallant just resigned effective immediately, he sent that in writing. He made that decision after long discussions with his family, his priest and after consulting with me,” says Jim Martemucci, Gallant’s lawyer.

Martemucci says the sheriff wants to thank the residents of Oxford County for allowing him to serve as their sheriff for 11 years.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Officials with a pair of Maine state agencies say they will participate in a study to evaluate the effectiveness of anti-bullying laws.
The Maine Department of Education and the Maine Center for Disease Control are taking part in the study as part of a partnership with a group of universities. The education department says the study will review the efficacy and implementation of anti-bullying laws that have been in effect since 1999.

PORTLAND, Maine - A beloved Maine school bus driver battling cancer received a heartwarming surprise this week.
The Portland Press Herald reports the South Portland High School marching band performed outside Mercy Hospital's Fore River campus Wednesday to show support for Jamie Creamer. The 46-year-old bus driver is undergoing chemotherapy for neck cancer.
Creamer has driven students in the district for 12 years, becoming a comforting presence for many. The driver cheers on school sports teams, helps out the school band and listens to students' problems.

LEWISTON, Maine - Police have arrested a Maine man who they say stabbed another man inside a barbershop.
WCSH-TV reports the stabbing happened Wednesday night at the Major Cuts barbershop in Lewiston. Police say a 23-year-old Otisfield man stabbed 35-year-old Rashad Robinson, of South Paris.
Robinson was treated for stab wounds to the stomach and chest at Central Maine Medical Center.

BANGOR, Maine - Maine municipalities are battling for bragging rights when it comes to the best-tasting drinking water.
Maine Rural Water Association's 31st annual Best Tasting Water contest is being held Thursday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
Last year, first-time entrant Caribou Utilities District took the prize.
The contest has categories for treated and untreated water. The panel of judges includes a TV news anchor, the University of Maine basketball coach and Maine Senate President Mike Thibodeau.

Maine Calling "Made in Maine" Gift Guide

Dec 7, 2017

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date November 19th); no calls will be taken.

The return of one of our most popular programs.  Learn about the awesome gifts made right here in Maine that you might want to consider giving – or receiving – this holiday season.

Guests:  Alex Steed, partner, producer and wrangler with Knack Factory, a creative and commercial content company

Mary Alice Scott, Executive Director, Portland Buy Local

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More than 100 protesters gathered in downtown Portland Wednesday to rally against U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ decision to support the GOP tax bill.

Collins has said she would get behind the plan after a commitment from GOP leaders to shore up the Affordable Care Act and address other concerns. But rally organizer Rachel Weinstein says she worries those promises are too risky.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine man who admitted to giving a former girlfriend a fatal dose of heroin has been sentenced to over a decade in federal prison.
Thirty-five-year-old Mickey Gilley, of West Bath, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Tuesday at U.S. District Court in Portland after pleading guilty over the summer. The Portland Press Herald reports Gilley is accused of supplying heroin and fentanyl to a former girlfriend who he was prohibited from contacting.