Maine news

BELFAST, Maine (AP) _ Law enforcement officials in Waldo County are warning the public about a potentially potent supply of drugs in the area that is the suspected cause of two deaths. 

PORTLAND, Maine _ A Maine company has pleaded guilty to illegally importing Canadian sea urchins into the state. ISF Trading Company of Portland acknowledged in federal court that it violated the law when it imported 48,000 pounds  of the urchins, worth some $173,000 dollars. 

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is applauding a new rule being proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation that would equip large vehicles, such as trucks and buses, with speed-limiting devices to cap the speed at which they can travel.

The Department’s proposal would require all newly manufactured vehicles with a gross weight of more than 26,000 pounds to come equipped with the speed-limiting devices.

Children's Books

Aug 26, 2016

Maine has long been fertile ground for children’s book authors – several nationally-recognized authors and illustrators live in Maine.  We'll hear from them about what it's like to write for a younger audience and what it takes to craft a successful book for the younger set.


Every year, Maine’s adult education programs enroll nearly 100,000 students, with an array of personal goals – from learning to read to finding a better job. But a new federal law is raising concerns within many of those programs about the new direction that adult education could be heading. Robbie Feinberg reports.

The University of Southern Maine is receiving half a million dollars to help nursing students — especially those who want to work with older people and stay in Maine — pay for their training.

The gift is from the Boyne Foundation. George Campbell, vice president for advancement at USM, says the scholarship program this gift is endowing will help people attend the school that might not be able to otherwise.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Wednesday that their lab has retrieved 26 hours of information from the data recorder of the cargo ship the El Faro.

All 33 crew members died when the El Faro sank off the coast of the Bahamas last October, including four crew members from Maine.

Raising Backyard Chickens

Aug 25, 2016

Chances are, you or someone you know has some chickens in the backyard. Raising chickens has become a trend, whether you have a farmhouse or live right in the city. We'll learn about the ins and outs of raising backyard chickens.


Lisa Steele, chicken keeper in Dixmont and author of books on raising poultry and the website Fresh Eggs Daily

Donna Coffin, Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

The National Rifle Association’s top lobbyist was in Portland to talk up the gun rights agenda — and talk down an initiative on the November ballot that would stiffen backgound checks for gun purchases in Maine.

The NRA’s Chris Cox condemned backers of the ballot measure as elitists who want to do away with the Second Amendment and other rights too.

John Hough (l.), Gary Allen (c.) and Jesse Dumais discussing the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument at the Appalachian Trail Cafe.
Jennifer Mitchell/MPBN

Predictably, reactions have been mixed in Millinocket and neighboring East Millinocket, the towns involved in the monument debate over the past several years.

It’s been the big topic of conversation at Millinocket’s Appalachian Trail café for some time. A gathering place for both locals and through hikers, folks were deep in discussion about the potential for a monument over coffee and eggs Wednesday morning. And then:

The Sarah Mildred Long Bridge won’t be reopened to vehicle traffic. A gear failed over the weekend, preventing the bridge from lowering into its proper position.

State Transportation Department spokesman Ted Talbot says the fix is just too expensive.

“Extensive repairs, upward of $1 million worth of repairs, would have been needed to get this back operable,” he says. “And, even then, it wouldn’t be necessarily guaranteed to operate smoothly and efficiently, like we need to have it.”

Racism Today

Aug 24, 2016

How do we define racism today? On one hand we have a new surge of exclusionary attitudes and racial conflicts, while we also have increased awareness and extreme sensitivity over racial issues. We'll look at the history of racism, andhow it is playing out in today's society -- especially here in Maine.


Prof. Brian Purnell, Associate Professor, Africana Studies and History, Bowdoin College

Dr. Kenneth Lewis, pastor of Green Memorial AME Zion Church