Maine news

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public file

The Mills administration is continuing to relax restrictions on businesses across the state imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We talk with author and journalist Colin Woodard about his new book, "Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood." "Union" is a historical study of how a myth of national unity was created and fought over in the 19th century. This included the idea that the United States' national identity was an Anglo-Saxon one, which laid the foundation for the white nationalist movement we see today.

Emilio Morenatti / Associated Press

The Maine Department of Education has released its initial framework to help school districts as they look toward resuming in-classroom instruction in the fall.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Contract talks between Bath Iron Works (BIW) and the Machinists' Union Local S6 have broken down.

The union, which represents about 4,300 workers at the shipyard, was presented Saturday with what the company said would be its "last, best, and final" contract offer. Local S6 posted Saturday on its Facebook page that the union unanimously rejects the offer.

The sheriff of Hancock County is requesting to purchase some riot gear for the department.

Trudy Miller / BDN

Just after noon on Sunday, the First Church in Belfast will ring its bells for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, exactly how long a Minneapolis police officer held his knee on the neck of George Floyd, who was killed in custody on May 25.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a nationwide waiver that will allow schools and other meal sites to continue to serve all Maine children 18 and younger for the rest of the summer.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

For almost two weeks, protests have taken place in communities all over the state of Maine as part of a national outcry over the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

A decade ago, the state posted how it was allocating the money received from the federal government to ease the recession that was underway. The state is doing that now for the billions of dollars coming in to help address the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Are you one of the many who have turned to gardening during the pandemic as a source of comfort, food or outdoor activity? Our gardening experts return to answer questions about planting, pruning, pest-control and more.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

As protests against police brutality have erupted across the country following the death of George Floyd, many school districts are reconsidering the use of school resource officers (SROs) within school buildings. The number of SROs have steadily increased over the past two decades, partly as a response to school shootings. But many question whether they are effective. In Maine, residents in a number of communities are asking districts to reconsider the use of SROs.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

When the pandemic first hit Maine, Crystal Cron started a free food delivery service, Brigade de Viveres or the Food Brigade, staffed by volunteers. Cron, whose mother's family came from Peru, is president of a Portland-based group called "Presente Maine," which assesses and responds to the needs of immigrant communities, particularly Latin Americans. It has now started a farming operation to boost the Food Brigade's supply of fresh produce.

We continue our celebration of Maine’s 200th statehood anniversary by examining Maine from the time of the Civil War to the end of the Great War. This is part of our year-long bicentennial series of shows covering Maine history.

Downeaster To Resume Limited Service Monday

Jun 10, 2020

The Downeaster passenger train is set to resume limited service on Monday for essential workers and those traveling for essential purposes.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King says legislation he helped craft called the Great American Outdoors Act, will address the billions of dollars in needed repairs and maintenance at the nation’s national parks.