Maine news

PENOBSCOT, Maine - Officials say a LifeFlight helicopter had to make an emergency landing in a field.   LifeFlight officials say the helicopter touched down safely Saturday evening with three crew members and a patient in the town of Penobscot.

Maine's two U.S. senators say federal assistance is coming to the state to help prevent substance abuse among young people.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say the Office of National Drug Control Policy has awarded more than $2.1 million to 17 health groups and local governments in the state. The senators say the funds will help improve efforts to "prevent and reduce substance abuse through programs that promote a healthy lifestyle and community involvement."

Police say a teenage motorist was killed and a passenger injured in a crash in Brewer, Maine.

Andree Kehn / AP

Andy O’Brien makes it his business to track the online presence of certain far right groups in Maine, and this week he and collaborator Nathan Bernard published an article in Mainer that examines how members of a Lewiston-Auburn Facebook group may be targeting Muslim residents and newly elected Lewiston city councilor Safiya Khalid, the first Somali-American elected to that council.

The state of Maine spent more than $21 million last year to provide free lawyers to people who cannot afford legal representation in court. And while defending people accused of crimes can be expensive, much of that amount may be due to overbilling.

The Maine Department of Labor cited a fire department in the state with violations after the death of a captain in March.

The High Cost Of Poor Defense

Nov 14, 2019
Pine Tree Watch

Maine spent more than $21 million to provide free lawyers to its poor in 2018, but the state’s oversight of the spending was so lax that they paid some attorneys as if they worked more than 80 hours a week for the entire year.

Courtesy Janet Mills' Office

We discuss the issues of the day that Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection oversees, including: chemical disposal, air and water quality, land use and waste management. As DEP Commissioner, Reid is also closely tied to the state’s concerted efforts to address climate change through greater focus on sustainable practices.

Tom Porter / Maine Public File

Portland officials say the city's school resource officers (SRO) will hold off on wearing body cameras, after a tense disagreement with the school board over the issue Tuesday night.

The family of Fire Captain Michael Bell, who was killed in a propane explosion in Farmington in September, has retained a Lewiston law firm in an effort to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the blast.

Business and community advocates in Maine are calling for Congress to protect young immigrants whose citizenship status could be threatened by the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case.

LEWISTON, Maine - Regulators in Maine are investigating concerns about marijuana-related advertisements at a sports arena.

BUCKSPORT, Maine - A company that intends to create a salmon farm at a former mill site is altering the plan to avoid a 19th century farm identified during an archaeological survey.

Bangor Is Buying Bus Tickets To Warmer States For People With No Roof Over Their Heads

Nov 12, 2019
Eesha Pendharkar

On a cold Friday afternoon, Thomas Brouillette leaned against the brick wall of the pumping station next to Damon’s Beverage and Redemption on Washington Street as a red shopping cart full of his belongings shielded him from the first snow of the year.

The Portland Museum of Art is featuring a major retrospective exhibit of N.C. Wyeth’s life and art. As the patriarch of a three-generation dynasty of renowned artists, N.C. Wyeth is considered one of America’s foremost painters and illustrators. His work often showcases Maine landscapes and is inexorably tied to the aura of our region. We discuss how Maine shaped Wyeth’s sensibility, and learn some of the lesser-known aspects of his life—and we’ll talk about his impact and legacy as an artist. His grandson, Jamie Wyeth—a renowned artist himself—will join the discussion.