Maine news

KITTERY, Maine - The Maine Department of Transportation is frustrated over delays in a bridge between Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
The new Sarah Long Bridge, which is being built at a cost of $170 million, was supposed to open Sept. 1, but there's still no opening date.
Ron Taylor from Maine DOT tells WGME-TV that it's been a "very long and challenging process.''

Tax Policy

Dec 4, 2017

We discuss the tax overhaul bill and what it could mean for Mainers and the rest of the country.

Guests:  Dick Woodbury, economist and former State Senator.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Task Force to Address the Opioid Crisis is due to give its recommendations to the Maine Legislature this week.
The panel wrapped up its work last week, and is due to deliver its recommendations for combating the drug crisis by Wednesday. The recommendations, which have not yet been released, will focus on law enforcement, prevention and harm reduction, and treatment and recovery.
Law enforcement officials say 185 Mainers died of a drug overdose in the first six months of this year. Last year, the total number of deaths was 376.

'Long Hours, Stressful Days' Taking Toll On Maine's School Principals

Dec 4, 2017
Erin Rhoda / Bangor Daily News

Principal Christina Ellis arrives at Miles Lane School in Bucksport around 7 a.m. most mornings in time to take her position by the front door. As approximately 300 students in grades one through four disembark 16 buses and filter inside, she greets each child, calling many by name.

LIMERICK, Maine - Authorities in Maine say a sheriff's deputy was involved in a rollover crash.
Police say the crash happened around 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Limerick. York County Sheriff Bill King says a deputy was responding to a domestic assault call when he flipped his cruiser.
The deputy was not injured in the crash.
Maine State Police have opened an investigation.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A former Jesuit priest and Maine high school teacher has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually abused a 9-year-old boy at a Freeport church nearly 20 years ago.

ORONO, Maine (AP) _ A new designation for the University of Maine includes $25 million in funding over five years from the Department of Energy.

WASHINGTON, D.C - Maine Independent Sen. Angus King says he's "angry" and "disappointed" over the passage of the $1.4 trillion GOP tax overhaul bill.

Down East Wreath Maker Sues FedEx Alleging $357K In Overbilling

Dec 1, 2017
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News/file

A Down East wreath maker known for placing wreaths on veterans’ graves has sued a major shipping company for allegedly overbilling it by more than $357,000.

The complaint filed on Nov. 20 in U.S. District Court in Bangor by Worcester Resources Inc., the parent company of Worcester Wreath Co., alleges that Federal Express Corp. overcharged it for shipping balsam fir products purchased during last year’s holiday season.

Passenger Rail Service Plans December ‘Test Runs’ To Rockland

Dec 1, 2017
Christopher Cousins / Bangor Daily News/file

ROCKLAND, Maine ― Amtrak’s passenger rail service might extend as far up the coast as Rockland during the next month, as rail authorities conduct a test program to see whether it’s viable.

Earlier this fall, the New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) announced that it was exploring plans to extend Downeaster passenger rail service from Brunswick to Rockland on a limited weekend schedule from May to September.

Someday He'll Join Them: Dead Poets Society Head Gets Tombstone

Dec 1, 2017
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

FREEPORT, Maine - The founder of the Dead Poets Society of America is preparing for the day he'll become a dead poet _ by getting a tombstone.
Walter Skold, of Freeport, Maine, is drawing inspiration from his visits to the graves of more than 600 bards for his own tombstone to be carved by the son of novelist John Updike.
The design created in collaboration with Michael Updike features traditional and modern styles, Latin and Hebrew letters, Greek Muses and a biblical quote from St. Paul.

Maine Public/file

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine fishermen are heading out on the water to participate in the state's rebuilt scallop fishery, which targets one of the most lucrative seafood species in the country.
Scallop fishing begins Friday in Maine and lasts until mid-April. The specifications for the season are very similar to the previous year.
Fishermen in most of the state can harvest up to 15 gallons of shucked scallops per day, while those in the Cobscook Bay area are limited to 10 gallons. Cobscook Bay is the most fertile scallop fishing ground in the state.

Blood Pressure Guidelines

Dec 1, 2017

The American Heart Association and other medical organizations have joined together to issue new blood pressure recommendations that are lower than in the past. What does blood pressure indicate in terms of your overall health? What do the new guidelines mean in terms of managing your health--and should we all be concerned?  

Guests:  Dr. Craig Brett, cardiologist with Mercy HospitalDr. Peter Amann, Site Leader for Maine Medical Partners - Scarborough Family Medicine

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has asked the president for a disaster declaration to help recover from a powerful windstorm that knocked out power for more than half of the state’s homes and businesses.

The storm on the day before Halloween toppled drought-weakened trees, left roads impassable and knocked down more than 1,400 utility poles.

The governor said the state documented $4.7 million in damage to public infrastructure, far surpassing the threshold for a declaration.

A Maine Department of Transportation plan to alleviate congestion posed by a traffic bottleneck along Wiscasset’s busy Route 1 has been momentarily stalled after the town filed suit against the agency.

The DOT wants to eliminate parking on the town’s Main Street, which also serves as Route 1, widen sidewalks and install traffic signals in an effort to reduce congestion during the summer months. But some community leaders and local merchants fear the touted improvements would actually be devastating for area businesses.