Jennifer Mitchell

News Producer

Jennifer Mitchell studied Music, English and Anthropology at Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio. She has worked as News Director for Peninsula Public Radio in Homer, Alaska, and served as news producer in Bangor for Maine Public Radio in 2004. Most recently, she spent four years working in South Africa as a producer, as well as classical music presenter in Cape Town.

Jennifer is a fan of open source computing, and music of all types, including old Victrola tunes, Jazz, Folk, World, Goth and Metal. When not on the air, she can be found researching 19th century social history. Her idea of a good time is several hours in a dank basement looking at old patent applications, newspaper archives, and original recipes for intriguing Victorian delights such as sheep's head soup and shadow potatoes.

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Hannaford Supermarkets in Maine are recalling sunflower seeds due to possible bacterial contamination.

The store issued the recall on Tuesday after being notified by the supplier that the seeds might contain Listeria bacteria.

The seeds in question are roasted, salted, shelled sunflower seeds found in the store’s bulk bins.

Listeria can cause serious intestinal illness, especially in vulnerable populations such as the elderly.

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine company has made it to the second round of competition to develop new shock absorbing materials to save lives.

Alba-Technic is one of five winners out of more than 100 applicants of the Head Health Challenge, a collaboration of the NFL and a number of other entities to try and improve helmet and body shield technology to prevent injury.

"We are in the stage where we're trying to create a solid product that is easy to manufacture and one that is sleek and thin enough that everyone will wear it," says Nathan Hayes, a developer with Alba-Technic.

BANGOR, Maine - The city of Presque Isle will lose its second big box retailer in a year with the closure of the Kmart department store - one of the major anchor stores at the Aroostook Center Mall.

According to Sears Holdings - which owns Sears and Kmart - the Presque Isle store will close in August as part of expense reductions announced at the start of 2016.

Last year, the Sears store in Presque Isle, also an anchor store at the same mall, pulled out, affecting some 60 jobs. It's not immediately clear how many jobs would be lost in the Kmart closure.

AUGUSTA, Maine_ The Maine House and Senate adjourned the second session of the 127th Legislature Friday night in memory of Richard Kneeland . The former Representative and Senator from Aroostook County passed away on Thursday at the age of 82.

Most professionals in highly skilled careers already know where to go to look for a job — agencies, trade publications, job fairs or the organization itself. What comes after they land the job is less clear, but just as crucial.

Carin Sychterz of the networking group Maine Career Connect says all too often, a new hire is left to figure everything out on his or her own. So she helped organize a summit in Bangor to try to shed some light on the hidden challenges that newly arrived workers face when they come to Maine, or even switch communities.

BANGOR, Maine - A Canadian kayaker has won the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race for the eighth time in a row. Trevor Mclean has won the 36 mile paddling race from Kenduskeag Village to downtown Bangor a total of 12 times. 

FRYEBURG, Maine -The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has arrested two people in Western Maine on charges of heroin trafficking. Derrek Verrill, 26, and Gayle Gilmore, 18,  both of Sweden, were each charged with Class A and Class C trafficking charges.

BAR HARBOR, Maine- Authorities are working to positively identify human remains located Saturday in Acadia National Park. Maine Search and Rescue dogs and members of MDI Search and Rescue located the remains near Parkman Mountain.

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As Maine college students depart the halls of academia this spring, many will embark on life with unprecedented levels of debt. On Wednesday, some of those students marched to demand free tuition, debt forgiveness and more as part of the nationwide Million Student March.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The federal Health Resources and Services Administration is giving nearly $6 million to Maine in support of home visits for mothers and infants.

AUBURN, Maine_ The City of Auburn is laying off its fire chief and several other positions as it prepares a budget for the next fiscal year. Current Fire Chief Frank Roma was let go on Friday, with other layoffs effective by the end of June.

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla_ Authorities say the remains of a Maine woman,  missing since March 14 have been located off a stretch of US Highway 19 in Florida. 

Fourteen new state troopers were sworn in Friday at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro, after completing ten weeks of specialized state police training.

The Maine State Troopers have struggled to fill vacancies in recent years. Even with the 14 new recruits and seven currently studying at the academy, Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland says there are still 25 vacancies on the force.

Jennifer Mitchell / MPBN

BANGOR, Maine - An independent candidate for Maine's 2nd Congressional District says he has a plan to get Maine's rural economy moving again, following the collapse of the state's paper industry:  "Construction of two publicly-owned nuclear power plants in the Katahdin region, along the Penobscot River."

Mike Turcotte outlined the plan at a press conference on Thursday. The nuclear plants, he says, would be located in the vicinity of Woodville, and could cleanly generate more than enough energy for the entire state.

BANGOR, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage's nominee to the Maine Board of Environmental Protection won very narrow approval yesterday from a legislative committee in a 6 to 5 vote, largely along party lines.

LePage nominated Kathleen Chase, a former Republican representative from Wells, to sit on the seven-member board, which is responsible for interpreting and enforcing Maine environmental policies.