Maine news

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

A state task force has been formed to address juvenile justice issues in Maine. We will learn about efforts to eliminate youth incarceration, discuss Long Creek, and other issues about dealing with young people and criminal justice.

AUGUSTA, Maine - About 305,000 Maine homeowners are due to receive at least $100 from the state in direct property tax relief.

Linda Coan O'Kresik / Bangor Daily News

Federal prosecutors have dropped a felony charge against a Guatemalan man who border patrol agents picked up after hearing him and his family speaking Spanish at a Bangor Goodwill.

We discuss the growing efforts to integrate nature into the classroom at all levels of a young person's education, and how this practice might benefit children's physical mental and emotional well being. Richard Louv, author of the landmark book "Last Child in the Woods" and national expert on kids and nature, joins us to talk about the importance of connecting kids with the environment through the curricula. He is in Maine for the Maine Conservation Voters' Evening for the Environment event at the University of New England in Portland on Oct. 22nd.

Linda Coan O'Kresik / Bangor Daily News

Federal prosecutors last week dropped an immigration charge against a Guatemalan man arrested Sept. 19 after the U.S. Border Patrol said agents followed a family who looked Central American into a Bangor thrift shop and overheard them speaking Spanish.

Maine Office Of Marijuana Policy / via Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine - The state of Maine has adopted a symbol that'll be used on marijuana products sold for adult consumption.

The state announced Monday that it has terminated its MaineCare contract with a Biddeford-based provider following the death of an adult with developmental disabilities in August.

The deputy commissioner of the Maine Department of Corrections says he’s confident that what happened to Maine State Prison inmate Douglas Burr won’t and can’t happen again.

PORTLAND, Maine - A lawyer for a 15-year-old high school student suspended for posting a rape awareness note on a bathroom mirror says it represents protected speech - and that punishing her would discourage victims from coming forward.

Alex Brandon / Associated Press

The USS Sequoia, a historic yacht used by presidents and known by many as “the floating White House,” is being barged to Belfast for a years-long stern-to-bow restoration that is expected to restore the ship to its former glory.

Charles Krupa / Associated Press

Maine's passenger rail authority has ideas for easing travel congestion in southern Maine, and they want to explore those with the public at a meeting Tuesday. 

PORTLAND, Maine - Central Maine Power and Emera Maine are still mopping up a handful of outages caused by a nor'easter last week.

Bangor Daily News

Donna Loring has stepped into a position specifically created to better represent the needs and issues of Maine’s Native communities. The state and tribal governments have had difficult relations over issues including tribal sovereignty over land claims, gambling, fishing and hunting. Recent improvements in relations include the recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day and ban of mascots reflecting Native symbols and people. We’ll discuss the history and current status of relations between the state and Maine’s Native people, as well as what Loring’s goals are in her relatively new role.

PORTLAND, Maine - The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine is expected to begin making the case that a school district in the state should not have suspended a student over activism about sexual assault.

MONTVILLE, Maine - Game wardens in Maine say they're investigating a fatal crash involving an all-terrain passenger vehicle in a small town west of Belfast.