Maine news

World War I

Mar 29, 2017

The Centennial of World War I: April 6 marks the centennial of the United States' entry into The Great War.  The parallels between then and now, in terms of political issues, rhetoric and dialogue, are striking.  We’ll hear from historians about the War to End All Wars and why this poorly understood war has great relevance to today’s world.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

In classrooms, there has long been an assumption that students need to be still, calm and attentive to learn. But more and more, researchers are finding that attitude could actually be harming many students.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A lawyer for two Maine women who are suing utilities over billing practices wants to seek a class-action certification.
The Portland Press Herald reports that tens of thousands of customers could be added to the action if the federal lawsuit is certified as a class-action lawsuit. Attorney Tom Hallett says they'd probably seek at least $35 million.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - Environmental authorities in Massachusetts are donating lobsters seized from an illegal harvest to homeless veterans.
Massachusetts Environmental Police say they found the lobsters during an inspection of an offshore trawler in New Bedford on Sunday. Police say they determined the vessel had exceeded the legal limit of 500 for lobsters caught outside state waters. Police say the crustaceans were caught on Georges Bank.

Maine Public/file

The head of the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland has resigned after being placed on administrative leave last week.

PORTLAND, Maine - Authorities in Maine say a lobster boat owner charged with manslaughter at sea has been arrested on a charge of violating the conditions of his bail.
Christopher Hutchinson was owner and captain of the boat No Limits, which flipped in heavy waves more than two years ago west of Matinicus after hauling in lobster traps.
Two crew members died. Prosecutors say Hutchinson operated the boat after drinking and using drugs

Social Media

Mar 28, 2017

From Facebook and Twitter to Instagram and Snapchat, there are a myriad of social media platforms that can help businesses and individuals communicate.  But which platforms are right for you?  Experts weigh in on how to measure social media engagement and answer questions about the value – and pitfalls – of today’s social media.

Guests:  Clare Kramer, CEO of, a collaboration of several Hollywood actors, writers, producers and directors to provide quality content.

After struggling with budget shortfalls and years of declining student enrollments, the University of Maine at Machias is now slated to become a regional campus of the flagship University of Maine campus in Orono.

Members of the University of Maine System trustees voted in favor of the new partnership Monday, which will replace the former UMM president slot with an academic dean.

UMS spokesman Dan Demeritt said UMaine Machias will retain its current name and degree-granting authority.

Cecile Thornton embraces Fatuma Lukusa at start of French Club. Lukusa is from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Susan Sharon/Maine Public

This story originally aired on Maine Things Considered on March 14.

There’s an old French saying, Lose your language, lose your faith. But in one part of Maine, both are being revived with the help of hundreds of French-speaking African immigrants who are connecting with local Franco American residents in ways neither ever expected. That’s changing the dialog in a community where the “language of love” was often suppressed.

You never know if or when love might strike. As Americans’ life expectancy grows, there’s more time — and potentially more opportunities — to find a romantic partner.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

After a dismal, nearly snowless winter last year, New England’s ski resorts are winding up a much better season. And some of its young ​athletes are having ​a pretty good​ run too. Fred Bever attended the U.S. Championships at Maine's Sugarloaf resort.

AUGUSTA, Maine - University of Maine System officials say students will likely see an increase in tuition and fees this fall.
The Portland Press Herald reports that officials said Sunday the additional tuition, fees and room and board costs will result in an overall increase of 2.9 percent. The increase would come after a six-year tuition freeze.
Officials say they intend to increase tuition annually, tied to the rate of inflation.

More Maine Schools Opt For Later Morning Starts

Mar 27, 2017
Linda Coan O'Kresik / Bangor Daily News

CAMDEN, Maine — Midcoast school districts are considering joining the ranks of others in Maine that have delayed the start of the school day, all in the name of sleep.

Maine Public/file

FALMOUTH, Maine - Starting Monday at midnight, the speed limit along a busy stretch of I-295, will be going down, three years after it was increased.

Later School Start Time

Mar 27, 2017

Two bills before the Maine legislature would mandate a later start time for high school students throughout the state.  A handful of other states are considering similar laws.  There is building evidence that later school start times improve student’s health and ability to learn. But some rural districts–with long bus routes -  are concerned that a statewide mandate would be too restrictive.  We’ll discuss the pros and cons of adjusting high school hours.

Guests: Dick Durost, executive director, Maine Principals' Association