Maine news

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Recent reports of bacterial contamination in lakes caused in part by warm temperatures raise the question: What is the condition of the waters around us? We look at the water quality in our lakes, rivers and ocean, and how they measure up for human recreation and environmental health.

Dan Abbott and his wife, author Monica Wood, speak publicly about Dan’s suicide attempt and recovery in hopes of helping others who undergo a major depressive episode. They will be joined by Portland Press Herald writer Bob Keyes, whose story about Dan and Monica received a tremendous response.

WARREN, Maine - Current and former inmates hoping to find jobs could get some help from a state seminar aimed at employers.

A Maine superior court judge, frustrated when people don't show up for jury duty, is ready to haul them into court if they don't appear after being summoned to perform what he views as their civic duty. reports the prevalence of no-show jurors has recently threatened the ability of trials to be held and verdicts decided.

The latest happenings from the world of folk music, in advance of the American Folk Festival in Bangor.

FRYEBURG, Maine - The Maine Forest Service is searching for the person or people responsible for dumping a large amount of trash on a gravel road.

The LePage administration says it will take "prompt action" to comply with a law to hire more public health nurses, regardless of the outcome of a pending lawsuit.

Exercise and Mental Health: How Do They Correlate?

Aug 16, 2018

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (July 9, 2018); no calls will be taken.

For years, scientists and researchers have been extolling the benefits of exercise to our physical well being. Now they are discovering the positive impacts physical activity has on mental health. We’ll discuss ways to get more exercise into your life and how it can help you feel better – both physically and psychologically.


Guests:  Scott Douglas, contributing editor for Runner’s World.  He’s also been the editor of Running Times and Runner’s World news channel.  He’s the author of eight books.  His most recent is Running is My Therapy.

Glenn Stevenson is associate professor of psychology and program coordinator for neuroscience at the University of New England.  His expertise includes how exercise duration and frequency can impact biological markers associated with mood. His research expertise is in the areas of exercise-pain-cognition interaction, pharmacology, and neuroscience.

Kate Foley is the fitness manager at OceanView at Falmouth. Kate has worked in cardiac rehabilitation at both York Hospital and Maine Medical Center and has worked at Maine Medical Partners Cardiology. She has also coached middle school, high school and college sports and enjoys swimming, running and yoga.


University Of Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine is now offering a new nurse practitioner degree in acute care gerontology.

The labor union that represents Maine’s child protective caseworkers has released 10 recommendations to improve the state’s child protection system.

"The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation"

Aug 15, 2018

Political scientist and cultural observer Darrell West discusses his new book about why society needs to rethink the concept of jobs and prepare for an era of economic dislocation.

BANGOR, Maine - Two men, one from Guatemala, the other from Mexico, have pleaded guilty to crossing into the United States after having been deported.
Twenty-eight-year-old Victor Yobany Archila-Rojas of Guatemala illegally crossed from Canada in Sandy Bay Township on July 29. He'd been deported in 2013.
Forty-five-year-old Benigno Godinez-Cortez of Mexico crossed a railroad trestle near Calais on July 10. He'd been deported after an arrest in 1994.
Both entered their pleas Tuesday, and both face up to two years in prison.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine State Police are warning drivers about using illegal lights on vehicles.
Police tell WGME-TV they've seen more drivers using white emergency lighting and amber lighting. Officials say amber lights are authorized for certain non-emergency vehicles. However, white lights are only used for emergency vehicles.
State police say it's also illegal to use auxiliary lighting that blinks, rotates or flashes.
Violators of the law can be fined up to $154.

The Maine medical examiner’s office says an underlying heart problem led to the death of an 18-year-old University of Maine football player three weeks ago.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Summer school is changing — it used to be the place where high schoolers made up failed classes, but some districts have doubled summer enrollment in recent years.