Maine news

Just ahead of Mother's Day, we talk with the author of "Maine's Remarkable Women: Daughters, Wives, Sisters and Mothers Who Shaped History" about astonishing Maine women in history - some of whom you've likely never heard of.  Sure, you know about Sarah Orne Jewett and Margaret Chase Smith, but what about Toy Len Goon of Portland, named "America's Mother of the Year" in 1952?  Or Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby of Rangeley, famous promoter of nature tourism in Maine?

PORTLAND, Maine - Officials at the University of Maine's flagship campus at Orono say its incoming class this September will be more than 20 percent bigger than last year's.

About 2,500 students paid their deposit fees by the May 1 deadline - that's up from about 2,000 students in 2015.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine will get $7.7 million as its share of a nearly $785 million settlement with drug company Pfizer for overcharges to the Medicaid program from 2001 to 2006.

Pfizer's subsidiary, drug-maker Wyeth, did not give Maine and other states the lowest price for certain popular drugs used to control gastric acid. Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says the settlement is significant.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Mainers in need of legal help can get some free guidance all this week at libraries across Maine.

Stan Tupper is a Portland attorney, and chair of the new lawyers section of the Maine Bar Association, which puts Law Week together. He says it's not the same as seeing a lawyer in his or her office, but it's a good way to get people together with an attorney if they need one, and get the process started.

PORTLAND, Maine - A 25-year-old man accused of killing a Maine woman in Florida and having sex with her corpse had been released from jail three weeks before the slaying.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Timothy Johnson had been out of jail for 23 days when authorities say he killed 52-year-old Judith Therianos. He was free because prosecutors failed to file charges within 30 days of his arrest in an alleged assault.

Pasco County Assistant State Attorney Chris LaBruzzo says they can't hold people indefinitely.

ORONO, Maine — Statistics released by the University of Maine’s flagship campus found that its incoming class confirmed for admission in September has increased by 22 percent compared to last year.

The Portland Press Herald reports figures presented Monday by UMaine’s Orono campus show that 2,447 students paid their deposit fees by the May 1 deadline, which is up from 2,012 students in 2015.

Legislative Re-Cap

May 3, 2016

The Across the Aisle team joins us to share their take on the just completed legislative session.

Guests: Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, a former Republican legislator

Cynthia Dill, an attorney with the Portland firm of Troubh Heisler and former Democratic state senator

Dick Woodbury, an economist and former independent state senator

PORTLAND, Maine - The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay has laid out a new master plan that includes a new glass conservatory, year-round hours and up to 10 times the number of visitors envisioned when it initially opened in 2007.

Back then, the sprawling botanical facility on the Maine coast was expected to accommodate up to 40,000 visitors a year - a level achieved in its first year, before acreage was doubled.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The top health official at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is in Maine today. During a visit to the VA center at Togus, Dr. David Shulkin said that the Choice health program, set up two years ago, is too complex and confusing.

Shulkin said every veteran got a Choice card without a clear understanding that there were specific criteria for using them to get care in a community setting rather than visiting the nearest VA facility.

WINDHAM, Maine - The Department of Corrections says a prisoner has died at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.

Officials say 36-year-old Wayne Patrick King of Lewiston died late Sunday morning. No details were released.

Maine State Police and the state medical examiner are reviewing the death.

King led police on a high-speed chase in September 2014. Jody Breton, deputy corrections commissioner, said Monday that King had served about half of his 34-month sentence for eluding an officer and other charges.

PORTLAND, Maine - Southern New England's fading lobster population is the subject of a debate about possible protections to save it.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's American Lobster Management Board is considering the status of the lobster fishery at a meeting on Monday.

The board is discussing a potential motion to create new management measures that address the lobsters' decline.

In 2013, the number of adult lobsters in New England south of Cape Cod was estimated at about 10 million. That is one-fifth the total in the late 1990s.

BATH, Maine - The Navy is moving forward with plans to build a destroyer with the capability of shooting down ballistic missiles and air-based threats at the same time.

The Navy is entering negotiations to build the first ship in the newest configuration of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers at General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works.

CONCORD, N.H. — Federal data shows that the U.S. government has placed fewer than 100 migrant children from Central America who have entered the United States without their parents in Northern New England since the fall of 2013.

The federal government says it has placed 60 unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras with relatives and other sponsors in New Hampshire. A total of 24 were placed in Maine, and five were placed in Vermont.