Maine news

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine - Residents in a Maine town are in a heated debate over a court settlement allowing the town to give up rights to an undeveloped section of waterfront land.

Michael Dwyer / Associated Press/file

PORTLAND, Maine - The National Marine Fisheries Service is sending more than $6 million to nearly 30 marine conservation projects as part of its Species Recovery Grant Program.

Constitutional Law

Sep 11, 2018

Our panel discusses the latest news regarding Supreme Court cases and decisions as well as issues raised during the Senate hearings regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

AUGUSTA, Maine - An annual charitable motorcycle ride in Maine has gone off without a hitch a year after a tragic crash that killed two riders.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

In the wake of the fatal school shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this year, schools across Maine are taking steps to respond and increasing security measures.

PORTLAND, Maine - A federal judge has scrapped a plea agreement calling for a cargo ship operator to pay $3.2 million for illegal discharges because nothing was provided for the whistle-blower.

Outlawing Conversion Therapy Takes Education, Awareness

Sep 10, 2018

What is conversion therapy? The Human Rights Campaign defines it as “a range of dangerous claims and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.” 

Conversion therapy is practiced through several different means, such as prayer, psychotherapy, and aversion therapy. Due to the harm it causes, it has been denounced by every major American medical organization. Conversion therapy has been scientifically proven to cause anxiety, depression, PTSD, and suicidality. The practice is so dangerous that fourteen different states have outlawed it. So, why isn't Maine one of these states?

Maine's Marine Mammals: How Are They Faring?

Sep 10, 2018
Patty Wight / Maine Public

The recent news about hundreds of dead seals washing ashore in New England raises questions about the health of marine mammals in and around the Gulf of Maine.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's bear hunt has reached the point of the year in which it expands to allow hunting with the use of dogs.

The superintendent overseeing construction of a combined high school and middle school in Newport says the school's Native American name likely will stay, but the image associated with its mascot likely will not.

Everyone has a different connection to music.

Some, like my grandmother, are indifferent -- she knows it exists, but it’s just not for her. And then there’s me; music has always played some part in my life. 

When SAT Tests More Than Knowledge, Students Lose Out

Sep 8, 2018

Standardized testing: two words that will make any student scared.

It usually requires just three things: a sharpened number two pencil, a sheet of paper with bubbles for the answers, and a native English speaker. 

It's Time to Welcome New Cultures With Open Arms

Sep 7, 2018

In the distance, I could see piles of twigs and decaying fabric, each one telling its own story of the Sun Dance Festival. “Don’t step over the branches. It is disrespectful to the spirit of the tree,” they told us. For many years the Blackfeet tribe has cut willow branches, dug holes, and wove their sacred hut. Left to the passage of time, I see the bones of once mighty encampments before us. 

I remember how I felt. I was standing in their field. I was listening to their history. I was part of their culture. The more they shared, the more I learned and respected. At that moment I was not a tourist, but a guest, one of the community. Now, I cannot claim any Blackfeet heritage of my own, but at that moment I reached a level of cultural understanding I could have never imagined I would ever receive.

Coolstock / via Wikimedia Commons

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's annual deer permit lottery is ready to begin, and there are thousands more permits available this year than in years previous.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Critics of Central Maine Power's proposed 145-mile transmission line are attending a discussion by the Department of Environmental Protection and Land Use Planning Commission.