Maine news

Portland officials are considering a new 200-bed homeless center on city-owned land near a facility that provides nursing and rehabilitation services.

City Manager Jon Jennings tells the Portland Press Herald he'd like to build the new facility near the Barron Center campus. It would replace the Oxford Street Shelter.

Oxford Street Shelter Director Rob Parritt says a bigger center would help more people and allow his staff to better work with service agencies that provide health and dental care. He estimates the new shelter will cost about $10 million.

Maine officials say the northern Maine state park that includes Mount Katahdin has a new director.

The Baxter State Park Authority announced on Thursday that Eben Sypitkowski has been named the new head of Baxter State Park, the home to the state's highest peak. Sypitkowski is currently the park's resource manager.

The state says Sypitkowski will direct about 60 year-round and seasonal employees who maintain the park, which is a major tourist attraction in northern Maine.

This show was recorded before a live audience in Iceland; no calls will be taken.

In many ways, Iceland is like Maine – beautiful, sparsely populated, and a tourist destination.  We’ll discuss the similarities and differences between Maine and Iceland. Jennifer Rooks hosts this special program from Iceland's RÚV Studios.

Maine State Police

VASSALBORO, Maine - Maine State Police have bestowed the "Trooper of the Year'' award on a woman for the first time.
State Police Detective Lauren Edstrom of Biddeford received the honor Tuesday at the annual state police awards ceremony at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.
Col. John Cote, the state police chief, said Edstrom is regarded as one of Maine's experts in children's deaths. He called her a "seasoned investigator who has been involved in some of the toughest and heart-breaking death investigations in recent years.''

Cheesemaking: Demand Grows for Maine-Made Cheese

Jun 20, 2018


There are 87 licensed cheesemakers in Maine, and likely more to come, thanks to growing demand for Maine-made cheese. Most local cheese comes from small farms that raise their own goats or cows—or get dairy from neighboring farms. We’ll learn how cheesemakers are contributing to our state's brand and economy.  

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

The Lewiston City Council has unanimously passed an ordinance establishing a 10 p.m. curfew in Kennedy Park in an effort to curb violence and ethnic tensions in the city. The council also voted to expand camera surveillance in the city.


County administrators who are concerned over state funding for county jails met with key lawmakers in Augusta on Tuesday, during the first day of the special legislative session.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers are returning to the State House to consider more than 100 unfunded bills and bonds.
The Legislature's special session is set to start Tuesday.
The Appropriations Committee unanimously sent lawmakers nearly $64 million worth of widely supported bills in two packages. They tackle issues from the opioid crisis, to lead abatement, school health centers,  reimbursement for personal care aides, and county jail funding.

Life After Prison: Insights From Ex-Prisoners

Jun 19, 2018
Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

What happens after a person is released from prison in Maine? Are there services and support available? How does someone transition back into society? We hear from those who have made the transition, or are in the process of making it, and learn about the challenges they have faced--and what they feel is most needed.

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - The annual George H.W. Bush Cape Arundel Celebrity Golf Classic is kicking off in Kennebunkport, Maine.
The fundraiser is held each summer at the club where the nation's 41st president enjoyed golfing while in Kennebunkport. This year's honorary co-chairs are two of his grandchildren, Sam Bush LeBlond and Marshall Bush.
Celebrity participants on Tuesday include former Red Sox pitcher Luis Tiant and England Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown.

The organizers of the Lewiston-Auburn World Refugee Day celebration say they've decided to postpone the celebration, after two recent deaths in the community.

One of those deaths was the result of a brawl near the city's Kennedy Park that's been connected to perceived racial tensions. Many of the city's black residents are refugees or come from refugee families.

Fatuma Hussein is exectuive director of the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine, and is part of the planning committee for the celebration. She says this just isn't the right time for a celebration.

Avery Chisholm / Maine Public

Leaders of Lewiston's immigrant community gathered outside City Hall Sunday morning to ask for peace and to express their condolences to the family of Donald Giusti, the Lewiston man who died after a brawl near Kennedy Park Tuesday night.  They say violence has no place in Lewiston and they condemn it "in the strongest possible terms."

Call Me American is Abdi Nor Iftin's memoir about fleeing war-torn Somalia. While living under Islamic extremism, he escaped through American movies and music, using them as a tool to learn English. Befriending reporters to learn the language, Abdi ended up filing stories for NPR in secret and dreaming of a life in the U.S. Eventually, through a stroke of incredible luck, he gained entrance to America through the Diversity Visa Lottery. He is now a proud and legal resident of Maine, on the path to citizenship. 

Abdi Nor Iftin lives in Portland, Maine, where he works as an interpreter for Somalis who have immigrated to the state. Abdi was accepted to the University of Southern Maine, where he will be studying political science. 

AUGUSTA, Maine - First up when lawmakers return to the State House this week will be two spending bills that were unanimously approved by the Appropriations Committee. 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's health and human services agency is delaying a billing change that several addiction treatment agencies warned would threaten their operations.