Maine news

Mal Leary / Maine Public

Supporters of stronger gun laws rallied at the State House in Augusta Thursday, trading chants with NRA members who had come in support for gun rights.

The rally was called by the Gun Safety Coalition of Maine to oppose a bill that would allow guns in school parking lots. The measure is designed to allow parents dropping off their child at school to have a gun in their vehicle.

ROCKPORT, Maine - The Maine Fishermen's Forum is bringing one of the state's most important industries together in Rockport for the next three days.
The forum begins on Thursday at the Samoset Resort and continues until Saturday. The event includes a trade show, seminars, a Friday night fish dinner and a Saturday banquet and dance.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources typically also uses the event to reveal the state's commercial catch data from the previous year. The state lobster fishery has set records for volume of catch for several consecutive years.

Occupational Therapy

Mar 1, 2018

The role of occupational therapy has grown a great deal over the past couple decades. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities participate fully in school, helping people recovering from injury regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Guests:  Diane Sauter-Davis, MA, OTR/L FAOTA, Program Director, Kennebec Valley Community College

Kathy Adams, OTR/L, ATP/Director at Maine CITE Coordinating Center

Jessica Bolduc, President, Maine Occupational Therapy Association

ORONO, Maine - Officials say students and staff escaped unharmed from a Maine high school bus that caught fire leaving the University of Maine.
Orono Fire Capt. Joel Sides says the bus was carrying Hermon High School students and staff members, and passers-by were attempting to extinguish the flames by the time first responders arrived Wednesday afternoon. WABI-TV reports that no students or staff members were injured, but the bus driver was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

The sponsor of a bill that would allow parents to drive onto school property with a gun in their vehicle has asked a legislative committee to kill the measure, but it will still face debate in the legislature.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

A lawyer representing Scarborough High School Principal David Creech says that the district's board of education has refused the principal's request to stay on as principal.

Creech announced his resignation earlier this month, following months of conflict in Scarborough over a new school start time policy that concerned some parents and teachers. But Creech's attorney, Bill Michaud, says the principal was pressured into resigning by the school's superintendent and received little explanation behind the decision.

More lobbyists and lawmakers inspired by the #MeToo movement are coming forward to publicly share their stories of sexual harassment at the Maine Statehouse.

Several testified Wednesday in support of a bill that would mandate stricter anti-harassment training and education for lawmakers and their staffs and, for the first time, require the same training for lobbyists. The Legislature's state and local government committee voted to send the bill to lawmakers for votes.

Month in Review

Feb 28, 2018

Our panel of editorial page editors discusses the top Maine stories from February.

Guests:  Susan Young, editorial page editor for the Bangor Daily News

Greg Kesich, editorial page editor for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Ben Bragdon, editorial page editor for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel

Palliative Care

Feb 27, 2018


Palliative care aims to provide patients with serious illnesses relief and comfort—but it’s not the same as hospice care. Surveys suggest that tens of thousands of Americans would benefit from this medical specialty.  Learn more about what palliative care does for patients and their families.

Guests: Robin Hirsh-Wright, MSW, LCSW, Director of Palliative Care Service Line , VNA Home Health Hospice in South Portland

Vanessa Little, palliative care specialist, Mount Desert Island Hospital

Isabella Stumpf, Division Director of Palliative Medicine at Maine Medical Center

BATH, Maine - A Maine city is slated to receive nearly $9 million in federal money for sorely needed upgrades to its sewer system.
The city of Bath is getting a $2.3 million grant and a $6.5 million low interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The city's sewer department serves more than 3,000 users and suffers from aging infrastructure.

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. - Scientists say dozens of endangered right whales have been spotted in Cape Cod Bay, but no babies have been reported yet this year.
The whales are among the most endangered marine mammals and they are coming off of a year of high mortality and low reproduction. They venture north in the spring every year to gorge on the tiny organisms that sustain them.

BOWDOINHAM, Maine - Maine State Police say a woman who was found seriously injured inside her home has died at a hospital.
Police say they responded Monday morning to the mobile home of 55-year-old Beulah "Mary'' Sylvester, of Bowdoinham. They found her unresponsive.  
Police say Sylvester died late Monday at Maine Medical Center in Portland. An autopsy was scheduled at the state Medical Examiner's office.
Police did not release further details about Sylvester's injuries.

Maine Passenger Rail Extension Will Be Limited To Three Summer Weekends

Feb 27, 2018
Christopher Cousins / Bangor Daily News/file

A pilot program that will extend seasonal passenger rail service on Amtrak’s Downeaster north from Brunswick to Rockland won approval Monday for three weekends this summer.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Hundreds of students and parents flooded the sidewalks near Scarborough High School early Monday morning, protesting the resignation of the school’s principal, David Creech.

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine - Maine State Police are investigating the death of a 10-year-old girl in Stockton Springs.
Officials say an ambulance was called to a residence at the Village at Stockton Harbor condominiums on Sunday afternoon. Details including the child's name have not been released.
An autopsy is being conducted.
Maine State Police are required to investigate all deaths of children.