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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.

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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

Jennifer Mitchell /Maine Public

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's maple season seems to be off to a decent start, with no significant problems foreseen, as the state prepares to celebrate its 34th annual Maine Maple Sunday.

Learning is All About Following a Passion

Mar 24, 2017

I basically grew up in a library. My mom is a librarian, so I have spent more time in a library than anyone I know. My most vivid memory there was spending my sick days in the corner of the children’s section at the North Bridgton Library, wrapped in a blanket on top of the heater and reading the Goosebumps books that I was nestled beside. I’ve made collages in a library, had a Dirty Dancing potluck in a library, and even slept on the floor of a library. Three times, actually. Instead of falling asleep at night with a stuffed animal, I would fall asleep clutching a book. Looking at me now, with my book collection that easily exceeds 200, you would never know that up until my sophomore year, my dream and passion was to become a scientist.

When I originally applied to Baxter Academy for Technology and Science in Portland, Maine, I thought that I wanted to be an archeologist. I wanted to dig things up and solve mysteries. I’ve always been fascinated by history, and one day wanted to make as big of a discovery as the Titanic or King Tut’s tomb. I went in signing up for as many science and biology classes as I could, hoping to learn as much as I could about anything and everything. I was excited to take Freshman Humanities as well, but I mean, dinosaurs and undiscovered ancient villages were out there waiting for me!

Irwin Gratz / Maine Public

The Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram launch a series this Sunday that attempts to put a human face on the opioid crisis.  Maybe too many faces, says Dieter Bradbury, the publication's deputy managing editor for news.  Bradbury spoke about the series with Maine Public Radio's Morning Edition host, Irwin Gratz.

WATERVILLE, Maine - A Maine bridge is set to get a $1 million overhaul this summer.
The Morning Sentinel reports that work on the Thayer Memorial Bridge over Messalonskee Stream in Waterville is scheduled to begin in mid-June and be completed in the fall.
Waterville Public Works Director Mark Turner says the work will include taking the bridge down to its lower support beams under the bridge. He says workers are taking the entire deck off and redoing some of the beams underneath.

ORONO, Maine - A mechanical engineer at the University of Maine will receive more than a half million dollars to study human voice production.
The National Science Foundation is giving Xudong Zheng the grant, which will help him lead a project to use computer models to look at sound production.
The university says Zheng's long-term goal is to understand the mechanism responsible for the range, complexity and uniqueness of the human voice. That will aid in personalized voice care.