Maine news

BANGOR, Maine - The Penobscot County Jail is reducing the number of inmates released in the middle of the night.

Our panel discusses the value of seaweed to Maine’s economy, some potential ways to grow Maine’s seaweed industry, and the questions associated with seaweed harvesting in Maine. Fishermen and others are turning to growing or harvesting kelp and other seaweeds as demand grows for use in foods, medicine, fertilizer and more. It is also seen as a way for fishermen to augment their livelihoods.

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Thousands of kids across the state are in their final month of summer camp. The camp setting has often been viewed as a therapeutic experience that can teach kids social skills and teamwork and build self-esteem. But many camp administrators in Maine say they're seeing more kids with social and emotional issues, including anxiety and attention deficit disorders, and now camps are responding to those needs in a number of ways.

BREWER, Maine - A Maine company that spun off from the University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center aims to make bridge construction faster, cheaper and more durable.

The replacement of a bridge in Downeast Maine is getting started in Machias.

Several Maine gun safety groups and gun control advocates plan to gather in front of the Blaine House for a candlelight vigil following mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Time for Three describes their music as standing “at the busy intersection of Americana, modern pop and classical music. To experience TF3 live is to hear the various eras, styles and traditions of Western music fold in on themselves and emerge anew.”

Members of the group join Portland Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director Melissa Reardon to talk about their stories, what distinguishes their approach, growing worldwide interest in the old art of chamber music and to preview upcoming music festivals in Maine. And they’ll play live in our studio.

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Casco Bay Lines has received a $3.4 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The funding will be used to finish a third phase of terminal renovations in Portland.

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Students and staff at Deering High in Portland are pushing back against a public perception that the school has safety issues. Earlier this week, the Portland Press Herald reported that Deering is seeing a dramatic drop in enrollment for the incoming 9th grade class, driven in part by concerns among some in the community that the climate there is unsafe. But more than 120 Deering students have signed a letter defending their school.

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Maine is home to many Newbery and other award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators. Two beloved authors and illustrators join us to talk about their craft and what effects quality children’s books can have on readers young and old. One of the panelists, Chris Van Dusen, has a new book coming out the day of the show.

Our panel of experts discusses what qualifies as worthy of historic preservation in Maine; some prime examples of homes, building and other projects of historic significance; and what individuals can do to best preserve the historic value of their property. Maine’s focus on the Bicentennial includes community grants that are being made available to individuals and groups who have relevant historic preservation projects to pursue.

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With a deadline approaching to move recently arrived asylum seekers out of the Portland Expo, support organizations are seeking more host families to provide temporary housing.

Winter ticks have killed thousands of moose in New England . Maine’s moose population is estimated to have fallen from 76,000 five years ago to between 60,000 and 70,000 today. New Hampshire’s numbers have reduced nearly 50 percent, to about 5,000 moose. We learn about the fate of Maine’s moose population and what wildlife managers plan to do to protect this charismatic animal.  We’ll also discuss the popularity of moose watching tours and best places to spot a moose in Maine.

This is part of Maine Calling’s yearlong focus on topics that reflect what is iconic in Maine.

Some Maine residents say when it comes to mass shootings, they want more action from elected officials. Others say there’s little to be done to control the violence.

The superintendent of Portland Public Schools says he’s working to address a drop in enrollment at Deering High School and a corresponding spike across town at Portland High School.