Maine news

PORTLAND, Maine - The City of Portland has issued an advisory for East End Beach following the results of a third water quality test, released Saturday afternoon.

Irwin Gratz

PORTLAND, Maine - Despite a couple of setbacks, including a massive sewage release into Casco Bay, the waters were deemed clear enough for athletes to jump in and swim from Peaks Island to East End Beach on Saturday morning.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) - A marine researcher says a dead whale found five miles off Old Orchard Beach had been bitten by a great white shark.

Mal Leary

AUGUSTA, Maine — About a hundred people waved signs and chanted "No to Kava-NO" at the State House on Saturday, and urged Maine's senators to decline to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In an effort to further increase the number of medical students training and eventually practicing in Maine, Maine Medical Center in Portland and the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston have renewed a 10-year partnership agreement originally signed in 2008.

The agreement calls for future expansion of the number of students in each so-called “Maine Track” class, and an increase in the amount of time they when would train in Maine.

Interest in the young adult literature genre is growing, appealing not only to young people ages 12-18, but adults as well. We’ll hear about some of the YA books out there, talk to Maine authors and learn about what makes this genre appealing to readers.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Portland’s East End beach and trail closed Thursday after about a million gallons of partially treated sewage spilled out of a Maine wastewater treatment plant and into Casco bay.

Scott Firman with the Portland Water District says the sewage overflowed when valves that should have been reopened after maintanence were inadvertently left closed.

"When the flows picked up this morning because of the rain, the water had nowhere to go because of those two valves, and that's what resulted in that observed overflow," Firman says.

Firman says the wastewater was far enough along in the treatment process that it was about a half hour from being released into the bay. However, there are still concerns about possible elevated levels of bacteria. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued a statement that said staff from the Health Beaches Program took water samples Thursday morning, which are currently being analyzed.

A spokesperson told the AP that it was the first time the plant had experienced an overflow of this kind. In a Facebook post, the Portland Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department called it "a complete washout." 

Veterinary Care & Advice

Jul 26, 2018

Summertime brings its share of safety and health issues for our pets, from hot weather to water dangers to vacation separation—not to mention ticks and other pests. We'll hear from our veterinarians about seasonal concerns and get answers to your pet questions.

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.

Patty Wight / Maine Public


An eight-year-old boy from Oakland was found dead in his home Tuesday night died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to Maine State Police.

Parker Stevens was handling his father's 12-gauge shotgun inside a closet of his parents’ second floor bedroom when the gun fired. His mother was downstairs with three younger children and did not hear the shot. She reportedly found her son when she went to look for him around 6 p.m.

The head of Maine's Department of Public Safety says the agency is taking steps to address claims that a dispatch center in Augusta is significantly understaffed.

Commissioner John Morris says that recruiting qualified and skilled applicants who pass state-lead background checks and polygraph tests can be difficult, but the agency is working to address the issue.

"We're recruiting everywhere,” he says. “Job fairs, veteran's fairs, web, Facebook and the career centers for the state of Maine. So we're moving forward."

From Portland to Rockland to Augusta, new murals have been popping up over the past few years on buildings and walls in public places. Some are the work of individual artists, others are community projects with lots of participants. Some promote social justice issues, others are just fun. We’ll look at the history and significance of murals, including the controversial mural moved from Maine’s Department of Labor in 2013. Also, we are encouraging listeners to email us photos of murals. So, if there’s one near your house, or if you encounter one while you are out and about, snap a photo of it and send it to

ORONO, Maine — A University of Maine football player has collapsed and died during a preseason workout on campus.

University officials say 18-year-old Darius Minor, a political science major from Locust Grove, Virginia, collapsed Tuesday afternoon. Training staff and first responders were unable to resuscitate him.

Minor was in the third week of UMaine’s Freshman Workout. Officials say he was one of 17 first-year student-athletes participating when he collapsed about 15 minutes into a supervised light workout.

Microsoft and RTO Wireless are partnering to expand broadband internet service to more than 290,000 people in New York and Maine.

A spokeswoman said Monday that the project will roll out over a seven-year period, reaching 165,000 people in New York state and 125,000 people in Maine.

Shelley McKinley, Microsoft’s head of technology and corporate responsibility, said the partnership will bring broadband to students, farmers, educators and business owners in upstate New York and western Maine.

With about one-third of positions currently filled, Maine's public safety dispatch center in Augusta is chronically understaffed, according to state union representatives.

The dispatch center fields emergency calls from the public and first responders in southern Maine.

Maine State Employees Association Executive Director Alex Maybarduk says understaffing can lead to increased wait times, which he says is unacceptable and compromises public safety.