Maine news

Fishing managers are recommending that cod remain off limits to recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Maine.

Cod were once harvested in colossal numbers from New England waters, but the population has collapsed in the Gulf of Maine and elsewhere. The New England Fishery Management Council is calling on the federal government to maintain a year-round ban on possession of Gulf of Maine cod by recreational fishermen.

UMaine Investigating Complaints Against English Professor

Feb 2, 2018
John Clarke Russ / Bangor Daily News

The University of Maine placed an English professor on paid administrative leave after receiving “complaints from students,” a university official said.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

Nine days after Jackman selectmen unanimously fired the town manager for his white separatist, anti-immigrant views, Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine showed up to offer her support.

Ted S. Warren / Associated Press/file

Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday approved new rules that would increase access to naloxone, the drug that can reverse opioid overdoses.

Millionaire’s Nonprofit Quietly Buys 7 Miles Of Maine Coast

Feb 2, 2018
Courtesy Heather Henry Tenan / via Bangor Daily News

An organization funded by a millionaire philanthropist is expanding its Maine recreational investments into Washington County with purchases of about seven miles of shoreline at a cost that outsiders estimate at almost $2 million.

A judge in Bath Thursday acquitted nine activists of criminal trespass charges in connection with a protest at Bath Iron works in April.

That's according to Logan Perkins, an attorney representing two of the nine protesters.  The group, which called themselves the "Aegis 9," and about 20 other people, came to protest the “christening” of an Aegis destroyer ship at BIW and were arrested by Bath Police when they refused to leave.

Classical Music Today

Feb 2, 2018

How does classical music stay relevant in today's world? And will it continue to find new audiences, especially for contemporary compositions? We'll hear from a current American composer, a singer and a music educator about the resonance of classical music today. Maine Public's own Robin Rilette will also add her perspective to the conversation.

Guests: Robert Kyr, composer, whose work "The Cloud of Unknowing" will be performed by the Oratorio Chorale in Maine this weekend

Estelí Gomez, Grammy-winning soprano will be featured in the performance; she tours with the contemporary octet Roomful of Teeth.

Emily Isaacson, artistic director, Oratorio Chorale; she’s a conductor, singer and music educator

Click HERE for information about the performances in Portland and Brunswick.

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  In President Trump's State of the Union speech Tuesday night, he emphasized the need to invest in the workforce:

"....and let's support working families by supporting paid family leave," the president said.

Paid maternity leave is an idea that's been around for decades, but currently only a third of employers offer the benefit. Proposals at the national and state level would expand access to paid leave, but opponents say a mandate would be bad for businesses.

UMaine Theater Professor Placed On Leave After Students Express ‘Concerns’

Feb 1, 2018
Bridget Brown / Bangor Daily News/file

The University of Maine has placed a theater professor on paid administrative leave “after receiving a number of emails from students alleging confidential concerns about him,” a spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

Tom Mikotowicz, 67, of Bangor was placed on leave Dec. 11, 2017, Margaret Nagle, a spokeswoman for the university, said in an email.

Abukar Adan / Maine Public

Indigenous leaders Wednesday night urged the Wells-Ogunquit Community District to stop using Native American imagery, including its Warriors football mascot.

Their remarks came at a meeting of a 25-person advisory committee formed in December to study the issue  after the school's mascot came under public scrutiny in the fall.  

Amelia Tuplin, a Micmac Indian from Lisbon, first raised the issue of the Native American mascot, after accusing Wells-Ogunquit fans of racist behavior at a football game in October.

A legislative committee is considering new oversight options in response to a federal report that sharply criticized Maine for failing to investigate the deaths of Mainers with developmental disabilities in the Medicaid program.

A report from the Federal Office of the Inspector General (OIG) says the state failed to investigate the deaths of more than 130 Medicaid recipients with developmental disabilities. The OIG report found that nine of the deaths were unexplained, suspicious or untimely.

Real Estate in Maine

Feb 1, 2018

Real estate is Maine's number two driver of GDP (behind only healthcare). Maine has one of the highest home ownership rates in the nation. But many of those homes are energy-inefficient, very old, and expensive to maintain. Plus, there is still a shortage of real estate agents in our area. What does this mean about Maine's transformation in the next 10 or 20 years?

Guests:  Paul Peck, board president of MEREDA, real estate developer, attorney

Erin Cooperrider, Development Director with Community Housing of Maine and Principal with The New Height Group

Brit Vitalius, president and designated broker for the Vitalius Real Estate group and president of the Southern Maine Landlord Association

Maine Public

Jason Savage, the Executive Director of Maine's Republican Party, was already under fire for his connections to an anonymous political attack website known as the Maine Examiner. Savage is now admitting that he didn't file income tax returns for two years. 

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Office of the State Treasurer in Maine says it has received more than $11 million in unclaimed property in the past year and state residents should see if any of it belongs to them.
The state collects unclaimed property from organizations such as former employers, banks and utility companies. Maine officials say it's possible for state residents to have unexpected unclaimed property due to forgotten accounts, overpaid bills and uncollected wages.

The Month in Review

Jan 31, 2018

Our panel of editorial page editors discuss which stories made the Maine headlines in January and why.

Guests: 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

Susan Young, editorial page editor for the Bangor Daily News