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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PORTLAND, Maine - Several hundred people turned out in Monument Square in Portland Tuesday night for a peaceful gathering to remember and support Ferguson shooting victim 18-year-old Michael Brown and his family.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The state of Maine is being asked to clarify its new Electronic Benefits Cards policy or risk losing funding from the federal government.  At issue is a state policy designed to get food stamp applicants to have their photos taken for their EBT cards.  But the federal government is now warning that the policy raises "significant civil rights" and other concerns.

 

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The federal government is warning Maine's Department of Health and Human Services to take corrective action and make clear that a new state policy to put photos on Electronic Benefit Cards is voluntary or it will cut off funding for the program.  

In a letter to DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew, the regional administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service said recent interviews with Maine stakeholders and DHHS staff indicated that the program is a requirement for most clients of the Supplemental and Nutrition Program known as SNAP.

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Federal safety regulators are alerting pipeline operators about the possible risks associated with reversing the flow of oil and gas in their systems. In a recent advisory, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration also says switching product or flow reversal "may not be advisable" in some cases. This could have implications for the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line Company based in South Portland.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The former spokesman for the Maine Medical Caregivers Association is launching a statewide campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016. But Paul T. McCarrier's new group expects to face some competition from the Washington D.C,.-based Marijuana Policy Project, which has backed legalization efforts in other states.

 

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