Barbara Cariddi

Digital News Content Producer

Barbara grew up in Biddeford, Maine. She earned a master’s in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Southern Maine.

After stints as a lobsterwoman, woodworker and newspaper editor, Barbara joined Maine Public in 1989. She left in 1994 to explore television, specifically at WCSH6-TV, the NBC affiliate in Portland. In 1999, Barbara began producing, reporting and anchoring Maine Public Television’s public affairs program Maine Watch. She returned to Maine Public Radio in 2003, and now helps oversee digital news content for Maine Public’s website. She also produces and hosts the daily news podcast “This Day in Maine.”

Barbara’s interests include music, theater, literature and the arts in general. For several years, she sang in a local jazz group called !zing. Barbara’s daughter Vanessa is an opera singer.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - A new poll shows Democrat Mike Michaud ahead of Republican Gov. Paul LePage in Maine's gubernatorial contest, with independent Eliot Cutler a distant third, according to the Bangor Daily News.

The Bangor Daily News/Ipsos Public Affairs poll canvassed 1,004 people — including 903 registered voters, 540 of whom were deemed likely to vote — online from Oct. 6-12.  It shows Michaud with 42 percent support, LePage with 36 percent and Cutler with 16 percent. One percent chose another candidate and 5 percent said they didn't know, or refused to answer.

HOULTON, Maine - A man has been charged in connection with an armed home invasion in Maine in which a second suspect was later shot and killed by a trooper.

State police spokesman Stephen McCausland says 48-year-old Timothy Slaton of Smyrna was charged with burglary and criminal threatening with a firearm in connection with the incident in Bridgewater on Sunday. He was taken to the Aroostook county Jail in Houlton. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.

Troopers said Slaton and 52-year-old Alan Gillotti of Ludlow drove off following the home invasion.

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Maine has confirmed its first human case of the sometimes-fatal disease known as Eastern Equine Encephalitis - or EEE. State health officials say a York County resident became ill with the virus in late August and was hospitalized. That person, who has not been identified, is now recovering at home, state officials say.

The virus has been detected in 22 mosquito pools in York County so far, and in an emu in Cumberland County, but it's the first time EEE has been identified in a Maine resident, says Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Sheila Pinette.

AUGUSTA, Maine  - Maine has its first confirmed case of so-called enterovirus D68, the illness that's been sweeping the country.

State health officials with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention say they were notified by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that a York County child tested positive for the disease. The child was initially hospitalized and is now recuperating at home, state officials say.

WINTERPORT, Maine - Maine State Police say they've identified two of three men suspected of robbing a Winterport man of his medical marijuana last week.

Authorities say they're looking for Jeffrey Hurd, 47, and Scott Roberts, 35, both of Glenburn. Both men are considered armed and dangerous.

The men were identified after police released  surveillance photos of them on the victim's property, and received more than three dozen tips from the public.

Courtesy Maine Department of Public Safety

WINTERPORT - Maine -  Maine State Police are looking for the public's help in identifying three men involved in an armed robbery of medical marijuana plants last week in the town of Winterport.

Authorities say the three men were wearing clothing impersonating members of law enforcement when they entered the property on Sunday, Sept. 21, at about 7 a.m. Police are not disclosing the location of the property.  

Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at the Maine State Prison in Warren.

Corrections Department officials say Jerry Robin Lydick, 56, died last night at about 10:30. Lydick, of Penobscot County, had served about 2 years and 3 months of a 20-year sentence for gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact.

Investigators told The Associated Press that there's no evidence of foul play in Lydick's death, and a spokesman in the medical examiner's office said he died of natural causes.

The University of Maine System board of trustees has finalized the elimination of three programs at the University of Southern Maine.  The action was taken today at the system's board meeting, which had been moved from USM to the Fort Kent campus in far northern Maine, amid criticism from USM students and faculty.

The three programs to be cut include New England and American studies, geosciences, and the arts and humanities program at the Lewiston-Auburn campus. The cuts have generated ongoing campus protests since they were first proposed in June.

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Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is among 15 women senators urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to institute a "zero-tolerance" policy for domestic violence.

In a letter to Goodell today, the senators said the league needs to send a strong message that domestic violence won't be tolerated.

Courtesy Lee Schultheis

Lee Schultheis, a retired mutual fund consultant from Freeport, says he's dropping out of the governor's race.

Schultheis, who was running as an independent in a four-way race, has acknowledged that his campaign was a long shot. He said he was running, "but not really," in order to participate in debates.

Schultheis said the debates would offer him an opportunity to deliver voters his message, which focused on the need to fix the nation's broken political system. But several of the debates Schultheis had hoped to participate in have been canceled.

Courtesy Caddigan Auctioneers

A painting of a young girl by Buxton folk artist John Brewster Jr. was auctioned in Maine last month for $413,000, far exceeding the expectations of the auctioneer.

The 15-inch by 18-inch painting is of young Marcia Ingraham. Its sale was handled by Massachusetts-based Caddigan Auctioneers.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine health officials say the sometimes-fatal virus known as EEE - or Eastern equine encephalitis - has been found in three additional groups of mosquitoes in York County, and in an emu in Cumberland County.

Courtesy Maine Warden Service

WILTON, Maine - A Farmington man died Tuesday after diving from his pontoon boat into Wilson Lake in Wilton.

The Maine Warden Service says Jeffrey Mitchell, 63, was struggling when he surfaced. A friend he was boating with, and other boaters nearby, managed to get Mitchell out of the water.

They transported him to a nearby boat landing, where they were met by medical personnel who had been called to the scene at about 4:36 p.m. 

Mitchell was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Divers have recovered the body of a Bar Harbor man who went missing Sunday in Donnell Pond in Franklin after he jumped off a stopped motorboat to retrieve a water bottle that went overboard.

Authorities say the body of Ian MacDonnell, 33, was found at about 10:00 this morning by Maine Game Warden divers. 

MacDonnell was boating with four other people Sunday in a 16-foot Bayliner motorboat Sunday when he jumped off the boat.  Wardens were first called to the scene at about 5:35 p.m., and searched for MacDonnell until dark. The search resumed this morning.