Maine news

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.

ROCKPORT, Maine  — The social event of the year is about to start for people who harvest and sell Maine seafood.

The Maine Fishermen's Forum takes place from Thursday to Saturday in Rockport. The annual event brings together fishermen, chefs, scientists and seafood industry representatives for a three-day discussion and celebration of Maine's signature export.

PORTLAND, Maine - The state Medical Examiner's Office says the January deaths of a former Old Orchard Beach town councilor and a young woman were caused by a mixture of drugs and alcohol and have been ruled accidental.

Forty-four-year-old Dana Furtado and 21-year-old Amber Morrow of Saco were found dead at Furtado's home Jan. 23.

A spokesman for the medical examiner's office says Furtado and Morrow died of acute intoxication due to the combined effect of alcohol and drugs, including fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.

Maine State Fire Marshal

Mar 2, 2017

With Maine’s population getting older and many seniors choosing to “age in place,” Maine’s fire marshal is worried about recent statistics concerning burn injuries and death.  He’ll discuss new efforts to protect senior citizens from fire hazards, and what everybody needs to know to keep their family safe.

Guest: Joseph Thomas is the Maine State Fire Marshal

N. Omata / Refugee Studies Centre | Flickr/Creative Commons

The number of refugees, asylum seekers and other foreign-born people who settled in Maine last year was the largest in recent years.

WASHINGTON - Members of Maine's congressional delegation have found things to like in Republican President Donald Trump's address Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins said she's encouraged by the "unifying, optimistic'' tone of the speech Tuesday night. And Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree said she's encouraged that there are several areas where lawmakers can find agreement, including rebuilding infrastructure, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, strengthening trade and finding compromise on immigration reform.

PORTLAND, Maine - Officials say Portland is gaining financial agility after a major credit evaluator increased the quality rating of its bonds.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Standard & Poor's Global Ratings elevated the rating of the city's general obligation debt from "AA'' to "AA+,'' the same level as federal government bonds.
Moody's Investor Services also affirmed the city's Aa1 rating.
Officials say the city is one step away from the highest possible rating for each agency.

James Hamblin: "If Our Bodies Could Talk"

Mar 1, 2017

Atlantic Monthly writer and video blogger James Hamblin, M.D.,  joins us (via ISDN) to talk about his new book, which is “a mix of trivia and long form journalism, based on real questions from readers about anatomy, physiology, and social determinants of health.”

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's towns and state legislators will tackle the subject of marijuana legalization in separate events.
The Legislature's Marijuana Implementation Committee is taking public comment on Tuesday in Augusta on subjects such as how to regulate and tax the substance. Also Tuesday, the Maine Municipal Association is holding an event called "Lifting the Haze: Marijuana and Legal Considerations.''

Month in Review: News Analysis

Feb 28, 2017

From the Governor’s State of the State address and his request to President Trump to reverse President Obama’s executive order creating the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, to the votes cast by Maine’s U.S. Senators on the President’s cabinet nominees, we’ll discuss the major headlines from February  – including the shocker at the Oscars and a win for the ages from the New England Patriots, several of whom now say they will not go to the White House event.

Guests:  Kathleen Fleury, Editor-in-Chief, Down East Magazine

Patty Wight / Maine Public

In the aftermath of the presidential election, Muslims have received an increase in two kinds of attention: support and derision. In an effort to reach out to groups from both viewpoints, the Maine Muslim Community Center in Portland hosted an open house on Sunday so people could learn about their faith.

As a second-grade teacher new to Portland, Emily Troll wants to connect with the families of the Somali students she works with. She says that has been increasingly important recently, because of the changes she’s noticed in her classroom.

University of Maine at Presque Isle

While more high school students in Maine are going on to college these days, they’re taking their time to graduate.

EUSTIS, Maine - Authorities say a Massachusetts man has become the seventh person to die in a snowmobile crash in Maine this year.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says 60-year-old Dennis Picard of South Chatham was killed while snowmobiling on a trail in Eustis on Sunday. The department says he lost control while navigating around a sharp corner and crashed into a tree.
Picard was pronounced dead at the scene. A medical examiner will conduct an autopsy; the death remains under investigation by the Maine Warden Service.