Maine news

BIDDEFORD, Maine - The gift of a small island in Saco Bay will allow University of New England Marine Sciences students to be involved in all 21st century ocean, coastal, marine and environmental issues.

That's UNE's plan, now that the school has been given Ram Island by real estate developer Art Girard. UNE describes Ram Island as one acre of pristine land which is located two miles offshore.

PORTLAND, Maine - A woman in Portland is starting a campaign to encourage people to tape free coats to light poles to help the needy this winter.

Gabby Kaper taped several jackets with notes on them in downtown Portland. WCSH-TV reports on Tuesday that the notes read, "I am not lost! Please take me if you need me!''

Kaper says she got the jackets for a dollar each at Goodwill. She is using social media to ask people to do the same. She says $5 spent on jackets is enough to "make five people less freezing.''

AUGUSTA, Maine - The former president of a small liberal arts college in Maryland has been tapped to lead the University of Maine at Augusta.

James Conneely says UMA is building a national reputation as a leader in helping students achieve, regardless of age, background or where they live.

"I believe I bring to this position skills and experiences specific to UMA's mission and initiative, especially regarding outreach to veterans, first generation and non-traditional populations."

AUGUSTA, Maine - A former patient at a Maine psychiatric hospital who was pepper-sprayed and restrained by a worker is suing the state over the incident.

A report issued after a state investigation says Arlene Edson had been at Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta since 2011. She is currently in prison serving time for an assault.

Documents say Edson was pepper-sprayed and restrained by a correctional officer Dec. 2, 2013 after having a verbal run-in with a nurse. Investigators said employees then covered up the incident by filing misleading reports about what happened.

Douglas Coffin

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