Maine news

WINSLOW, Maine - A former Maine lawmaker from the town of Winslow who went missing has been located and is safe.
Police say 47-year-old Susan Morissette went missing Saturday afternoon after meeting a friend for lunch in Waterville. She wasn't answering her phone and police appealed for help.
State Police detectives joined Winslow Police on Sunday in the investigation of her disappearance. She was located Monday in Sidney; there was no immediate explanation for her absence.

WINSLOW, Maine - A former Maine lawmaker from the town of Winslow is missing.
Police say 47-year-old Susan Morissette left Saturday afternoon to meet a friend for lunch in Waterville. She hasn't been seen since then, and is not answering her phone.
The Republican represented District 54, which includes Winslow and part of Benton, in the House from 2010 to 2012. She lost a bid for re-election in 2012 by 52 votes.
Her ex-husband served a year in prison after threatening her, her children and boyfriend while carrying a handgun in 2014.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Friday morning at the University of Southern Maine, 54 Maine residents representing 26 countries became U.S. citizens.

Legislative Update

Mar 6, 2017

Maine's legislative leaders join us to discuss the latest news from Augusta.

Guests:  Rep. Erin Herbig --she’s a Democrat from Belfast and represents District 97 of the Maine House of Representatives and is House majority leader.

Sen. Garrett Mason, Senate Majority Leader, is currently serving his third term in the Maine State Senate. He represents the people of Senate District 22

State Seeking Drought Data

Mar 5, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine is leaning on farmers to help the state prepare for future droughts.

Mal Leary/Maine Public

AUGUSTA, Maine -  The sun did little to offset the wind chill of ten below zero, but about a hundred supporters of Donald Trump braved the cold at the State House on Saturday, to rally in support of the President.

BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) - A Maine man has died in an apartment fire in Bridgton.State police say smoking is the suspected cause of the fire that killed 73-year-old Randall Harmon on Friday night.

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - Maine's biggest dog sled race is underway.

LEWISTON, Maine - Animal welfare officials have seized 64 animals - mostly cats - from an apartment in Lewiston, Maine.
Animal control officers say one pet was already dead and others needed immediate medical attention when they arrived on Wednesday.
The Sun Journal reports that no one answered the door a day later. A reporter noted trash, household debris and the smell of urine in the hallway.

ROCKLAND, Maine - Maine's highest court has upheld a ruling that found the state isn't liable for selling waterfront property below its value for a man in its care.
William Dean's attorney says the value of his client's estate fell from $654,000 to $20,000 in less than a year after the state Department of Health and Human Services became his conservator in 2012.
Dean had Asperger's syndrome and an autism spectrum disorder. The state said he wasn't competent to manage his properties and that his bills weren't paid.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine marine authorities are looking for input from lobstermen about how they might be impacted by federal regulations designed to protect corals off New England.

The regulatory New England Fishery Management Council is considering protecting corals in the Gulf of Maine. Two of the proposed protection areas are Outer Schoodic Ridge and the area southwest of Mount Desert Rock.


Mar 3, 2017

We’ll discuss the current and future state of Cuban-American relations in the wake of Fidel Castro’s death, and examine how daily life has changed in the island nation.  We'll also talk about the culture, politics and role of Cuba in the world today. Raul Castro has stated he wishes for the thaw in relations with the United States to continue, but how will that look under the Trump administration?

Guests: Allen Wells, Roger Howell, Jr. Professor of History, Director of Latin American Studies Program at Bowdoin College

AUGUSTA, Maine - In a joint convention Thursday, members of Maine's House and Senate came together to hear how the state's public higher education institutions are faring.

University of Maine System Chancellor James Page told lawmakers that major streamlining and cost-cutting efforts mean that the university's projected budget deficit - once at $90 million - currently sits at less than $20 million, and should be totally eliminated by 2021. 

But Page cautioned that Maine industries such as engineering, computer science and especially nursing need more support.

PORTLAND, Maine - If you're a user of one of more than 219 libraries across Maine, you may have an easier time using your e-reader to get books.

Maine InfoNet works with public, academic, and school libraries on resource sharing. Executive Director James Jackson Sanborn says the new, app-based "Cloud Library" system should improve things for readers who've found the old program clunky.

PORTLAND, Maine - Cross Insurance Arena trustees will meet next week to discuss proposals from four groups interested in bringing professional hockey back to Portland.
The board's Strategic Development Committee will convene on Monday to review the four proposals before making a recommendation at the board's next full meeting March 8.
The city has been without pro hockey since the American Hockey League's Portland Pirates were sold May.