Maine news

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Dozens of dead seals have washed ashore onto southern Maine beaches over the past few days.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine - The head of four child care centers in Maine says he wants to arm himself on his campuses, despite state regulations that prohibit him from doing so.

Colin Woodard: Understanding America's Divisions

Aug 14, 2018

Colin Woodard joins us to discuss his recent New York Times column that explains that the key differences among American voters can be tied to regional cultures tracing back to the nation’s colonization.

PORTLAND, Maine - A transgender activism group is promoting use of Maine's lobster emoji while it rallies for an emoji to represent the transgender community.

GREENLAND, N.H. - Maine state records indicate the 21-year-old driver of a bus injured in a crash with summer campers has a number of moving violations, including two convictions for driving to endanger.

Gardening: Tips for Your Late-Summer Garden

Aug 13, 2018

Our gardening experts return to answer your weeding, pruning and picking questions.

Maine veterans can now receive a free lifetime pass for state parks and the state museum.

A new law passed this year allows veterans free admission to the Maine State Museum. Previously, veterans received discounted admission to the museum. The museum costs $3 a ticket and $2 for seniors.

Only veterans who are residents of Maine are eligible. Veterans must have also received an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions.

It takes the Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services about two to three weeks to process applications.

Deb Cram / Portsmouth Herald/via Associated Press

GREENLAND, N.H. - Authorities say children on a summer program field trip were injured when their school bus veered off an interstate and crashed into trees in New Hampshire.
Police said the school bus driver may have suffered a medical emergency in the Friday crash in Greenland.
Kendra Amaral, town manager in nearby Kittery, Maine, said 11 children and two adult counselors were on board the Kittery Community Center SAFE program vehicle. She said there were multiple, yet non-life-threatening injuries.

Maine State Police are investigating the deaths of two people in Gardiner Thursday.

Food for Thought: Maine's Role as a Food Center

Aug 10, 2018

Our culinary experts return to talk about seasonal ingredients, fermenting and pickling, the accolades coming in for Maine's food scene—and answer your food and cooking questions.


Maine residents will be able to pay day visits to most Maine State Parks and Historic Sites free of charge from this Saturday through Labor Day.

In a statement Gov. Paul LePage says he signed the financial order to recognize public support for the parks.

The "Fee Holiday" will not extend to camping of any sort and not all state Parks and Historic Sites are participating.

More information is available on the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands webpage.

There are interesting spots all across the state to visit and learn about history. We’ll learn about these historic sites and destinations, what you can learn — and why they matter.

BUCKSPORT, Maine - Police in Maine say a groundhog that attacked a dog has tested positive for rabies.
WGME-TV reports the groundhog charged at a dog near its owner's home in Bucksport last week. Maine Centers for Disease Control biologist Eris Kilham says the animal's carcass tested positive for rabies a day after the attack.
The dog received a booster shot and is currently in a 45-day quarantine. Bucksport veterinarian Shawna McArdle is confident the dog will be OK.

Growing Up, Achieving; Lewiston Youth Share Hopes

Aug 8, 2018

What does it mean to have a dream?

Does where we come from matter?

Nearly 20 Lewiston teens took part in Maine Public's Raise Your Voice Workshop this summer at Tree Street Youth Center and explored some of those ideas through writing and photography.

The participating young people were involved in the program through the 21st Century Schools program at Lewiston High School. They mixed learning some of the basics of photography with several photography trips into the community, and they took on a number of writing challenges to help them share their perspectives about life and growing up.

The workshop series was sponsored in part by Lamey Wellehan Shoes.

The Veterans Affairs Maine Healthcare System broke ground for a new facility in Augusta on Wednesday morning. The facility will provide accommodations to families of veterans and military personnel who are receiving treatment at the VA Maine Healthcare System, Togus.

The new Fisher House will offer lodging to as many as 16 families, at no cost to them.