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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A federal judge this week denied a motion by the City of South Portland to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the oil industry against its local Clear Skies Ordinance.

The ordinance was passed by the City Council in 2014 at the urging of local residents. Portland Pipe Line Corp., which operates a pipeline that runs from South Portland to Montreal, claims the ordinance interferes with interstate trade and makes the pipeline obsolete because it prohibits the loading of crude oil into tankers on the waterfront.

More than a year after voters defeated a referendum to ban the use of bait, dogs and traps in the state’s bear hunt, supporters of the measure went before the Maine Supreme Court Wednesday morning.

Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting had filed suit to prevent the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife from actively campaigning against the measure. After the election a state Superior Court dismissed the lawsuit as moot. But the group is challenging that ruling.

Michelle Sanborn

A plan by the Maine State Prison in Warren to cut back on visitation beginning later this month is raising anxiety among some prisoners’ families and friends who fear it will discourage contact.

Democrat Joe Baldacci has ended his campaign for Maine’s 2nd Congressional district.

Gov. Paul LePage is refusing to allow proposed rules clarifying the rights of LGBT students to move forward.