Maine news

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the possibility that a distress call about a capsized boat off the coast of southern Maine was a hoax.

Portland Opens Warming Shelters As Almost 10,000 Residents Face Outages

Oct 18, 2019
Nick Schroeder / BDN

Almost 10,000 Portland residents have been without power since Thursday’s storm and can expect the outage to last several days, making Maine’s largest city one of the hardest-hit areas in the state.

A Leavitt High School cross country athlete who races in a wheelchair alongside runners has been given two options for competing in some upcoming contests.

NASA / via Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Men have floated out the hatch on all 420 spacewalks conducted over the past half-century. That changed Friday with spacewalk No. 421. NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made "HERstory," as NASA is calling it, with the first all-female spacewalk.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Maine is receiving nearly $15 million in federal grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to identify and clean up lead in low- to moderate-income housing.

Wanyu Zhang/ NPR

NPR’s Tom Gjelten joins us in studio to discuss his current beat - religion, faith, and belief. His reporting draws on his many years covering national and international news from posts in Washington and around the world.  We’ll also touch on his time as one of NPR's pioneer foreign correspondents, posted first in Latin America and then in Central Europe. And we’ll talk about his earlier connections to Maine, including as a public school teacher in North Haven.

Gjelten reports on religion, faith, and belief for NPR News, a beat that encompasses such areas as the changing religious landscape in America, the formation of personal identity, the role of religion in politics, and conflict arising from religious differences. He is the author of Sarajevo Daily: A City and Its Newspaper Under Siege; Professionalism in War Reporting: A Correspondent's View; and, Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause.  His latest book, A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story.

ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine's manufacturing center is upgrading its equipment and facilities as part of a drive to bring new kinds of industry to the state.

State election officials say a people's veto effort to repeal Maine's new vaccination law has qualified for the ballot, and that the vote that will take place on presidential primary day, March 3, 2020. Mainers for Health and Parental Rights is trying to repeal the law that requires all students attending Maine schools to be vaccinated unless medically exempt.

Stories of fake news continue to make headlines, get spread by political leaders, and raise questions about what and whom to believe. Advances in technology now make it easy to create fake images and videos, a trend that raises alarms as we enter election season. We’ll discuss what more we’ve learned about identifying and combatting fake news, and what are some practical ways to counterbalance its impact on society.

Mass General in Boston says the condition of Larry Lord, the last remaining person hospitalized after last month's gas explosion in Farmington, has been upgraded from critical to serious.

A Maine-developed program aimed at preventing falls is now being used across the country. In testimony Wednesday before the Senate Aging Committee, Peggy Haynes of MaineHealth said that a program called "A Matter of Balance," trains seniors to help other seniors avoid falls.

WARREN, Maine - A man serving a three-year sentence has died in a Maine prison.
The Maine Department of Corrections says 64-year-old David Sirois died on Tuesday afternoon at Maine State Prison in Warren. The department says Sirois' death was attended by prison staff.
The department did not release any details about the nature of Sirois' death. It said the Maine State Police and the state medical examiner's office were notified, which is standard procedure when an inmate dies in prison.

Lead is a toxic metal that can cause serious health problems if ingested, breathed in or absorbed. It can be found in water, paint, ammunition and other sources. These can be present in our homes, environment and workplaces. Among the new actions statewide to address lead contamination is a law that requires that 1- and 2-year-olds be tested for lead. We’ll learn about common lead problems in Maine, and what can be done to address them.

WINSLOW, Maine - Maine's state fire marshal's office says the cause of a fire that destroyed a building supply company will remain undetermined.

FARMINGTON, Maine - The last of the firefighters injured in a deadly building explosion in Maine has been released from the hospital.