Maine news

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.

Wilderness Safety

Feb 26, 2018

If you like to spend time exploring the wild areas of Maine, what do you need to know to keep yourself safe?  If you were lost, could you survive?  Join us to discover some important basics from two wilderness safety instructors and a Maine game warden.

Guests: Adam Williams, M.S., NREMT Assistant Director of the Outdoor Adventure Center, Unity College

Laurie Gullion, Associate Clinical Professor Outdoor Education/UNH, Dept. of Kinesiology

 Sgt. Tim Spahr, Maine game warden

Maine Public

In the wake of the Parkland, Fla. school shootings last week, Democrats in the Maine Legislature are hoping to introduce a number of last-minute gun control bills next week, including a ban on “bump stocks,” devices that are used to boost the performance of semiautomatic rifles. However, one Republican leader says it’s too late in the session to take up such major legislation.

Female genital mutilation is already outlawed in the U.S., but some lawmakers want to create harsher penalties in Maine.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage is backing a proposal by GOP Rep. Heather Sirocki, who says the fear of being called racist is preventing some professionals from reporting young patients with signs of female genital mutilation. Democratic Rep. Barbara Cardone is proposing a similar bill that also addresses outreach services to immigrants. The bills are set for a Monday public hearing.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Maine was the first state in the country to embrace a new “proficiency-based” high school diploma. Maine's current ninth-graders are set to graduate under these new requirements, which apply to subjects from math to English and social studies. However, the Maine Department of Education is considering a change in that law that would potentially make it less onerous to graduate.

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A Scarborough-based ambulance provider has settled with the U.S. Attorney's Office for $825,000 over allegations that it billed Medicaid for unnecessary ambulance rides.

In a separate settlement, Portland-Based Maine Medical Center will pay $600,000.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says that starting in 2007, North East improperly billed Medicare to transport patients who'd been discharged, in ambulances and that ambulance transport wasn't medically needed for those patients.

Members of the state legislature’s Transportation Committee have split along party lines over a proposal to charge an annual fee on new electric cars and hybrid powered vehicles.

Governor Paul LePage says a fee of $250 on electric vehicles, and $150 on hybrids, will assure that the owners of those cars and trucks pay something towards the maintenance of roads and bridges. Much of Maine’s highway infrastructure is currently funded by a tax on gasoline.

A Maine farmer who says his pregnant cow was shot and killed near a snowmobile route on his property will no longer let the public ride on the trail.

The Morning Sentinel reports that Clayton Tibbetts had permitted a local snowmobile club to maintain a route through his farm in Madison until the cow was found dead last week. Tibbetts says he doesn't know if a snowmobiler killed the animal, but the carcass was found about 30 feet away from the trail.

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Siobhan Bolinger / Smiling Hill Farm via AP

SCARBOROUGH, Maine - Police in Maine say they are searching for a suspect who shot and killed a pregnant goat at a family dairy farm in Scarborough.
The Scarborough Police Department said Thursday someone trespassed onto the farm's property and shot the 5-year-old goat named Ava while the animal was sitting in a fenced-in pen over the weekend.
Smiling Hill Farm and Hillside Lumber says Ava was found dead during the Sunday morning feeding. The Portland Press Herald reports the farm is offering a $1,000 reward for the identification and arrest of the shooter.


Our panel discusses how the arts have a direct impact on Maine's economy – from jobs to tourism to the creative economy. We'll also learn about the new Maine Arts Awards.

Guests: Julie A. Richard, Executive Director, Maine Arts Commission


Saskia Reinholt, Reinholt Consulting LLC


Larry Rubinstein, president of ArtsEngageME

Some Maine lawmakers are trying to revive an effort to ban bump stocks in the state, but others say moves at the federal level may make it unnecessary.

President Donald Trump has directed the Justice Department to work toward a nationwide ban on the devices, which allow semi-automatic weapons to mimic machine guns.

Democratic state Rep. Scott Hamann told the Bangor Daily News on Wednesday that he might withdraw his own proposed ban if Washington renders it unneeded, but he was not yet prepared to do so.

A.J. Higgins` / Maine Public

About 40 students and adults from coastal Maine and elsewhere gathered Wednesday in front of Bangor's Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building to stage a silent vigil against gun violence in the United States, and to let Maine's congressional delegation know that they want safe schools.

The demonstrators held signs calling for new firearms restrictions and outright bans on sales of assault weapons similar to the one used last week in the Parkland, Fla. where high school mass shooting that left 17 people dead.

Abukar Adan / Maine Public

Nearly 100 protesters gathered in downtown Portland Wednesday to rally against gun violence. The rally comes a week after a Florida gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Kerrigan Stevens, a student at Gray-New Gloucester High School, spoke at the event. She says last week's shooting hit a little too close to home.