Susan Sharon

Deputy News Director

Susan is the deputy news director who handles assignments and planning by the news staff. She's also a general assignment reporter who began her career at MPBN working at the State House in 1992. Since then she has covered major political and environmental stories, winning national awards for her beat reporting twice from the Society for Environmental Journalists. Her coverage of labor issues, including an investigative series on independent contractors, has also been recognized by the Public Radio News Directors, Inc and by the Associated Press. Susan is a graduate of the University of Montana where she got her first job in public radio news while still a student. She has also worked at television stations in Montana and Maine.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Family Planning Association has filed suit against the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Commissioner Mary Mayhew over a five-year dispute over its MaineCare billing practices for women considering abortions.

As far back as 1997, Maine Family Planning says it was advised by DHHS that it could bill MaineCare for services such as ultrasounds, blood tests and birth control.

But Kate Brogan of Maine Family Planning says in 2010, DHHS said the practice was wrong and the organization owed the state nearly $185,000.

Maine's top law enforcement officials joined treatment providers and others to formally announce the creation of the Maine Opiate Collaborative, a broad, multi-dimensional approach to addressing Maine's public health crisis.

Three working groups will focus on law enforcement, education and drug treatment. The groups plan on holding public meetings, suggesting legislation and coordinating resources.

Attorney General Janet Mills says she wants measurable outcomes, including a drastic reduction in overdose deaths and the number of drug traffickers coming into the state.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that the American eel does not need protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The agency is recommending that harvest levels be monitored and fish passage improved for the long-term stability of the biologically important species.

By a unanimous vote, the Maine Human Rights Commission recently found "reasonable grounds" to believe that the owners of Day's Jewelers created a hostile work environment for a Native American employee because of his race.

The commission upheld an investigator's findings that the company subjected the longtime employee to pejorative terms and offensive images.

Harassment on the basis of race is a violation of the Maine Human Rights Act. Such harassment includes unwelcome comments, jokes and other acts.

Susan Sharon / MPBN

MONHEGAN, Maine — Living on an island can be isolating, especially after the tourists leave for the season and winter moves in.