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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Popular Park
11:30 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Acadia National Park Deemed 'America's Favorite Place'

Jordan Pond at Acadia National Park.
Erin McDaniel / Wikimedia Commons

Acadia National Park has been crowned "America's Favorite Place" by ABC's "Good Morning America" program.  That's after the program put out a call to viewers to name their favorite place in the nation.  

The park, on Mount Desert Island near Bar Harbor, attracts more than 2 million visitors a year. It includes Cadillac Mountain the first place in the nation to see the rising sun, and features 45 miles of scenic carriage roads and 125 miles of hiking trails.

Your Vote 2014
3:58 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Bear Baiting Question to Top Maine's November Ballot

A measure to restrict bear hunting in Maine will be the first question on Maine's statewide ballot in November.  That's according to Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, who conducted a drawing today to determine the order of seven questions on the ballot, which voters will weigh in on Nov. 4.

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Your Vote 2014
3:17 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Marijuana Question Qualifies for South Portland Ballot

A South Portland citizen initiative aimed at making recreational marijuana possession legal for adults has qualified for the November ballot.  That's according to the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C.-based group which lobbies for reforming marijuana laws.  
 
"Voters were very receptive during the signature drive," says MPP Political Director David Boyer. "Most people agree law enforcement officials have more important things to do than punish adults for using a substance that is less harmful than alcohol."

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Food stamp changes
11:48 am
Wed July 23, 2014

LePage: Maine's Able-Bodied Food Stamp Recipients Must Work

The LePage administration says it will require able-bodied adult food stamp recipients with no dependents to work, volunteer or enter a job training program in order to continue to receive benefits. Recipients will have three months to comply, says Gov. Paul LePage.

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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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