Maine news

Mark Vogelzang / Maine Public

We speak with Joshua Freeman, the author of "Behemoth — A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World." Freeman describes how significant the role of factories have been in shaping our society. We’ll also hear about the role of factories in Maine’s history.

Kevin Bennett / For Maine Public

The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service have joined state and local law enforcement in the intense search for the suspect in the fatal shooting of Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Cole early Wednesday morning.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Police in Maine say a 9-year-old boy who fell into a river along with his younger brother has been found and is in critical condition. Rescuers are searching for his 5-year-old brother.

Police said the boys were playing along the Androscoggin River, near a park in Auburn, Maine, on Tuesday when one of them fell into the water accidentally about 7:10 p.m. His brother tried to rescue him, but fell in, too. Their father and 8-year-old sister tried to pull them out, but were unable. Their names haven't been released.

Surfing: What To Know And Where To Go In Maine

Apr 25, 2018

Surfing in Maine? Yes, people surf in Maine. We’ll learn about the best places to surf and where to start if you’ve never paddled out to catch a ride on a big wave.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press File

In the Maine Sunday Telegram this week, reporter Eric Russell looked at overtime in the Maine State Police. Looking at payroll data, he found that police staff took home more than $5.6 million in overtime last year.

Maine communities are preparing for their annual town meetings, in which important decisions will be made about local tax rates. But that process could be difficult if the Maine Legislature fails to act on a $1 billion-plus school funding bill that lets school districts know what their share of local education costs will be.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Forest Service says the number of wildfires in the state is approaching 100 and that more than 60 acres have burned so far this year.
Forest Ranger Jeff Currier tells the Portland Press Herald the service responded to 20 wildfires Monday.
Currier says most fires were accidental in nature, including one in Monmouth over the weekend that started when an orchard employee tried to smoke a woodchuck from a hole in the ground. The brush fire burned almost 2 acres of grass and brush.

Spokesman: George HW Bush Is Eager To Get Well, Go To Maine

Apr 24, 2018
David J. Phillip / Associated Press

HOUSTON - A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush is eager to get well so he can get to his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Jim McGrath says the 93-year-old Bush is "the most goal-oriented person on this planet.''
Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara. McGrath said Monday that Bush is "responding to treatments and appears to be recovering.''

What is the forecast for ticks and Lyme disease this year? Has the extended cold pushed their arrival later—or are they out there already? Are there other vector-borne diseases that are of particular concern?

Maine Public

As opioid addiction continues to be a widespread problem in Maine and throughout the country, it may be easy to forget that behind statistics and political debates there are real people coping with recovery, addiction and the pain these things can cause.

KITTERY, Maine - The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is alerting local residents about security exercise.
Officials said the training exercise on Tuesday is aimed at enhancing security readiness and emergency response.
They said area residents may see and hear things associated with the exercise.
Officials said the training is regularly scheduled training and is not in response to any specific threat against the shipyard.
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, overhauls and repairs nuclear-powered submarines for the U.S. Navy.

Colby College has received a $2.5 million gift from alumnus Steve Ford and his wife, Mary, to provide financial aid for students from Maine.

Colby Vice President for College Advancement Dan Lugo says currently, about 10 percent of students are from the state.

“Because of this gift, we’ll continue to be able to recruit actively in the state of Maine,” he says. “This year we have 53 Mainers that will graduate with the class of 2018. This is something that the college has a long-standing commitment.”

Annual tuition at Colby is just under $70,000.

Why learn Latin or ancient Greek? We’ll hear from two teachers about the value of learning a language that hasn’t been spoken in millennia.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Nonprofit groups that provide heating aid to low-income Mainers will get a sales tax exemption under a new state law.
Lawmakers overwhelmingly overrode Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto of the bill.
The law passed April 13. But it will become effective three months from the day lawmakers return to Augusta to consider LePage's vetoes.
A representative from the nonprofit Waldo County Woodshed said the sales tax exemption will help his group purchase new equipment to provide free firewood to locals.

PORTLAND, Maine - Three men accused of together poaching and selling as much as $1 million worth of baby eels, called elvers, have been sentenced to a combination of probation and fines.
The Bangor Daily News reports the Thursday sentencing was part of a bust of an eel poaching ring that led to 21 men being prosecuted on charges of illegally catching, selling and transporting more than $5 million worth of elvers in nine East Coast states. Twelve of the men are from Maine.