Maine news

E'nkul Kanakan / Portland Empowered (courtesy photo)

For someone new to Maine, particularly if they have come from another country or speak a different language, education is an opportunity. But it can be intimidating. The academics are challenging, but what’s tougher for many students and their families is the language barrier.

Maple Syrup Production

Mar 16, 2017

What is the status of Maine's maple syrup industry? How is the quality and volume of syrup from our state, and are changes in climate affecting the outlook for the future? How are producers adjusting their techniques and plans? And how is Maine's maple syrup viewed by the rest of the world?

Guests:  Kathryn Hopkins, Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Lyle Merrifield, maple syrup producer and the president of the Maine Maple Producers

Prices for heating fuels in Maine have come down over the past few weeks.

Lisa Smith with the Governor’s Energy Office says, since late February, the statewide average price of heating oil has dropped 4 cents a gallon to $2.26. Kerosene is also down 4 cents to $2.79 a gallon, and the statewide average price of propane is down a nickel to $2.55.

Smith says the price drops follow an historical trend and reflect supply and demand.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Army Corps of Engineers will conduct emergency dredging operations along a stretch of the lower Kennebec River between Phippsburg and Bath.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the dredging project will begin April 19 and take about three to five weeks to complete. The work is designed to ensure the safe passage along the river channel of Navy destroyers built at Bath Iron Works.

Tax Preparation

Mar 15, 2017

Tax Day is a month away.  We get advice from tax professionals on recent changes to the tax code, legal concerns, and answers to your tax preparation questions. They'll also offer advice on financial planning for the future.

Guests:  Rebecca Carrier, tax attorney and principal with CCS Professionals, a tax and accounting firm based in Portland

Sean P. Riley, Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., based in Falmouth

David Goldman / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - A major nor’easter that battered the north Atlantic coast swept across Maine Tuesday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, stranding travelers and dumping nearly two feet of snow on some parts of the state.

Maine Veterans' Homes facility on Cony Rd. in Augusta

Maine Veterans Homes wants to build a new, 138 bed nursing facility in Augusta, across the road from MaineGeneral Medical Center. The existing facility would be replaced with what are described as “small house style” units. Marketing Director Devin Robinson says the “small home” model is the newest, most current nursing home style in the country. That’s in contrast to the current facility which was built using a hospital format with long hallways and large units.

A Lewiston dentist whose license was suspended due to multiple complaints could resume practice this week. A disciplinary hearing has been postponed till after the suspension expires.

Dr. Jan Kippax received an emergency license suspension in February after
the Maine Board of Dental Practice received complaints that Kippax allegedly extracted the wrong teeth, continued with painful procedures despite distress from patients, and physically restrained patients against their will.

Maine Public/file

Described by his colleagues as a passionate defense attorney who was fearless in the courtroom, Daniel Lilley died Saturday at a Maine hospital, according to his Portland law firm.

The 79-year-old Aroostook County native was remembered by his peers as a brilliant trial lawyer who never forgot the value of the common touch.

Michael Dwyer / Associated Press

BANGOR, Maine — Maine is virtually shut down as a massive nor'easter bearing heavy snow and high winds spreads across the state.

But the nor'easter that's bringing late-winter misery to northern New England is tracking a bit more westward than originally expected.
Meteorologist Andy Pohl from the National Weather Service says that means there could be a mix of sleet and freezing rain on the New Hampshire and southern Maine coast. He says that also could mean some 30-inch totals in the far northern parts of New Hampshire and Vermont.

Maine law currently prohibits police officers from engaging in fundraising for any reason, even to assist a fellow officer’s family in crisis. The legislature is considering a proposal that would carve out a narrow exception to that ban, but opponents say there are good reasons why the law is in place.

FRANKLIN, Maine - A blind woman from Maine says she and her service dog were kicked off an American Airlines flight after she requested a different seat.

Franklin resident Sue Martin says she, her husband, and her guide dog, Quan, boarded a plane bound for Dallas, Texas, at Reagan National Airport near Washington D.C. on March 1. She asked a flight attendant if she could be moved to a seat in another row that had room for the German shepherd.

LEWISTON, Maine - A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of about 75 Maine drivers who sued Oakhurst Dairy for more than $10 million in damages for unpaid overtime. 

The First Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Oakhurst's defense that its drivers were exempt from overtime under a provision of Maine law that applies to workers who handle and store perishable foods.  

The Oakhurst drivers each worked an average of 12 overtime hours per week from 2008 to 2014 and their attorney, Jeffrey Young, says the court's decision is a "tremendous victory" for them.

Science Literacy

Mar 14, 2017

There has been a growing emphasis in encouraging young people to pursue STEM fields, yet both students and adults often have only a passing understanding and interest in science—from social sciences to physics to medicine.  How can we build “science literacy” and passion throughout our society?

Guests:  Kate Dickerson, Maine Science Festival director

Courtesy MDI Biological Laboratory

Some animals have the ability to regenerate lost limbs. For humans, regeneration has been limited to the liver and skin. Researchers at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory say the ability to re-grow other human tissue – like the heart – may be more possible than you think especially with their latest discovery.