Barbara Cariddi

New Media News & Content Producer

Barbara grew up in Biddeford. She earned a Master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Southern Maine.

After stints as a lobsterwoman, woodworker and newspaper editor, Barbara joined MPBN in 1989. She left in 1994 to learn about television at WCSH6-TV, the NBC affiliate in Portland. In 1999, Barbara began producing, reporting and anchoring the MPBN television public affairs program, MaineWatch. She returned to radio in 2003, and now oversees news content for MPBN.net.

Barbara’s interests include music and theater. For several years, she sang in a local jazz group called !zing, and currently serves on the board of South Portland's Mad Horse Theatre Company.

Barbara has a daughter, who is an opera singer.

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Unemployment rate
11:05 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Maine's Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.5 Percent in June

Maine's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in June, down from 5.7 percent in May and 6.7 percent a year ago, state Labor Department officials say.

Commissioner Jeanne Paquette says the number of jobless Mainers fell by 8,200 to 39,300 over the year.  She ways the estimated share of the population employed in June was 61.6, exceeding the U.S. average of 59 percent.

Paquette says Maine saw job growth across a number of sectors.

Nationally, the unemployment rate in June was 6.1 percent, and in the New England region, the average jobless rate was 5.7 percent.

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General Assistance
11:23 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Maine Asylum Seekers Join General Assistance Lawsuit

Two women from Burundi living in Maine have joined a lawsuit challenging the LePage administration's rule change that would deny General Assistance to asylum seekers and other undocumented immigrants.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and Maine Equal Justice Parters filed the complaint against Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew on behalf of Rehma Rebecca Juma and Suavis Furaha, who, advocates say, came to Maine to escape violence in their native country.

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Hobby Lobby decision
4:26 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Collins Breaks Party Ranks on Hobby Lobby Fix

Maine Sen. Susan Collins is among three Republicans who voted in favor of a Democratic-backed measure aimed at dealing with the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.

Collins, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Mark Kirk of Illinois, voted in favor of the measure, which fell four votes short of the 60 needed to move forward, according to The Associated Press.  The final vote was 56 - 43.

The bill would reverse the court's ruling last month that allowed "closely held" businesses whose owners have religious objections to deny women contraceptive coverage.

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Offshore wind
11:10 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Statoil Invests $2.5 Billion in Wind Project off Coast of UK

A Norwegian company that dropped its plans to build a wind farm off the Maine coast after Republican Gov. Paul LePage intervened in the approval process has invested $2.5 billion in the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Norwich, England, the Portland Press Herald reports.

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Amtrak Downeaster
1:38 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Downeaster Cancels 4 Trains Through Wednesday

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The Downeaster train will cancel four trains through Wednesday as workers replace railroad ties around Durham, New Hampshire.
 
    The canceled trains will be a 9:05 a.m. train from Boston's North Station to Brunswick, Maine; an 11:35 a.m. train from Boston to Portland; a 12:45 p.m. train from Portland to Boston; and a 2:35 p.m. train from Portland to Boston.
 

Irving sentenced
3:46 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Fugitive Found in Gorham Sentenced to Seven Years

A man who spent three decades hiding out in the southern Maine town of Gorham after being convicted of three rapes in Massachusetts was sentenced today to nearly seven years in prison.  

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Adams confirmed
12:51 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

U.S. Senate Confirms Former Colby President as NEH Chair

The U.S. Senate today confirmed former Colby College president William "Bro" Adams as chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

That's according to Maine's two U.S. Senators, Susan Collins and Angus King. Adams was nominated to the post earlier this year by President Obama.

"Dr. Adams is a proven leader whose engagement and direction have enriched the State of Maine," Collins says in a statement.

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Bear harvest
11:01 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Hunters Bag 2,845 Bears in Maine's 2013 Season

Hunters in Maine harvested 2,845 bears in 2013. Officials with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife say that's about 26 percent of the more than 10,888 bear-hunting permits issued for the season. More than 90 percent of the bears killed were taken using bait, dogs or traps, officials say.

But it was a good year for the natural foods bears rely on. The department's annual winter bear den survey found that the average weight of year-old bears was 46.6 pounds, compared with 2012, when the average weight for yearlings was 32.5 pounds.

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Power outage
5:48 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Hundreds Still Without Power in Maine

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) _ More than 500 Emera Maine customers are without electricity in northern Maine as the utility continues to repair its systems after weekend storms.

Emera Maine said Tuesday that 465 of the outages are in Washington County. The rest are in Aroostook and Hancock counties.

A spokeswoman for the utility says that power is expected to be restored to all of Hancock County by Tuesday night. Customers in Washington County are expected to regain power by Wednesday at midnight.

Fireworks delay
11:35 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Augusta Postpones July 4 Fireworks as Rain Looms

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine's capital city will move its Independence Day fireworks display to Aug. 2 because of expected bad weather.
 
    The Kennebec Journal  reports all of Augusta's other July 4 activities are still scheduled to take place. Those events include the Old Fort Western Independence Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the parade at 4 p.m.
 
    The National Weather Service says there is a 70 percent chance of rain on Friday night. Rain and thunderstorms are also possible during the day.

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