Fred Bever

News Reporter and Producer

A Columbia University graduate, Fred began his journalism career as a print reporter in Vermont, then came to Maine Public in 2001 as its political reporter, as well as serving as a host for a variety of Maine Public Radio and Maine Public Television programs. Fred later went on to become news director for New England Public Radio in Western Massachusetts and worked as a freelancer for National Public Radio and a number of regional public radio stations, including WBUR in Boston and NHPR in New Hampshire.

Fred formerly was Maine Public Radio’s chief political correspondent from 2001 to 2007 and returned to Maine Public Radio in early 2016 as a news reporter and producer, covering a wide variety of topics across Maine and the region.

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State regulators say the response by Maine’s major electric utilities to last October’s windstorm was reasonable, after investigating the utilities’ reaction to the storm, which left as many as 467,000 customers without power.

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Good news for Maine lobstermen:  Just as a scarcity of the herring they use to bait their traps has closed that fishery, state officials are expanding the fishery for another baitfish - menhaden, or pogies that have shown up in large numbers off Maine for the third year in a row. 

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For the third year in a row a potentially toxic algae is blooming Down East and forcing closures of shellfishing areas.

"Say NO to 145-mile CMP transmission line through Maine" via Facebook

Central Maine Power (CMP) says that it is ready to negotiate the terms of its bid to build and upgrade 145-miles of high-power transmission lines that would bring electricity from Canada's Hydro Quebec dam system to Massachusetts customers. The move comes as regulatory hearings in Maine and Massachusetts are ramping up, and as opposition may be growing more organized.

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Water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine are on course to be some of the warmest on record, and the "marine heatwave" is being associated with disruptions in the gulf's ecosystem. Some animals in the Gulf, though, seem to be adapting to the changes.

Two Biddeford men face federal hate crime charges for allegedly assaulting an African-American man in a 7-Eleven parking lot in April. The Department of Justice says Maurice Diggins and Dusty Leo were indicted by a grand jury Monday.

The indictment alleges that while the victim was walking across the parking lot, Diggins and Leo drove up in a pickup truck at high speed. One of them yelled “who’re you eyeballing?” and then used a racial slur.

Donald Clark, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Maine, describes what happened next.

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Fishermen in Maine are on course for the best catch of menhaden in decades, the baitfish commonly known as pogies.

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State regulators are taking a new look at just how much money Central Maine Power's (CMP) shareholders earn from the company's customers and whether the amount may be excessive — or too low.

In a notice published this week, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) says that it will investigate whether CMP's profits from delivering electricity are "just and reasonable." The inquiry was prompted by a request from a group of ratepayers who noted that in 2016 CMP shareholders earned a return-on-equity of more than 11 percent — and earned 13 percent last year.

Representative Dillon Bates

Maine Democratic leaders are calling on Westbrook Representative Dillon Bates to resign, following allegations that he sought inappropriate relations with a student at an all-girls school in Portland where he taught. But Bates says he is staying put.

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The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is imposing a new five-trap limit for lobster trawlers in a restricted area around Mt. Desert Rock — about 6 miles off Frenchboro. Gear conflicts are growing common in the area, as smaller and larger boats compete for access to fertile lobster habitat.

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A Maine-based scientist is leading an international expedition of some 40 researchers to the top of the world, where they will explore the poorly understood dynamics of Arctic weather in an era of rapid warming. The scientists want to test whether processes now underway might serve to slow global warming, at least a bit.

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Police say Portland resident Patrick Lobor, who collapsed on the street after crashing his car into another this weekend, was killed by a stab wound.

On Saturday, 22-year-old Lobor drove his silver Toyota Corolla into another car, causing a three-car accident.

"Mr. Lobor was still impaled by the knife when he was found by first responders,” says Lt. Robert Martin.

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Solar power faces some financial headwinds these days, but the industry is moving forward in Maine. 

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Central Maine Power's proposal to bring a massive amount of electricity from Canada through western Maine to Massachusetts will lower electricity costs throughout the region, and ease winter-time price spikes as well; at least, that's the pitch Massachusetts officials are making to regulators there.

Portland Press Herald

Maine's media magnate can put two more notches on his belt, with the purchase of the Ellsworth American and the Mt. Desert Islander newspapers.

These additions will bring Reade Brower's local news stable to a total of 25 Maine newspapers, including the Portland Press Herald.

Alan Baker, the 88-year-old owner of the two Hancock County weeklies, says multiple news presses in multiple communities can't stay viable in the age of internet advertising and publishing.

"So you will continue to see, I believe, intelligent consolidation,” he says.

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