Maine news

Julie Pike / Maine Public

Gov. Janet Mills announced Thursday that the state is relaxing eligibility rules for General Assistance and will allow qualified asylum seekers to apply. The decision comes as more than 350 migrants have arrived in Portland since early June from the southern U.S. border. Local officials say the new rule provides needed funding as many of the newly arrived families relocate to other towns around the state.


A review committee created by the University of Maine System is recommending an increase in investment at the state's only law school, as well as expanded online learning and partnerships in rural parts of the state.

Maine offers not only a variety of indoor rock climbing gyms, but an abundance of outdoor destinations for coastal rock climbing, bouldering, and even ice climbing. We’ll learn more about what goes into the varieties of rock climbing, the benefits and dangers involved, and why people come to Maine to pursue this popular and demanding sport.

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine - A private dive team has found the last U.S. Navy warship to be sunk by a German submarine in World War II.

YARMOUTH, Maine - Greg Brady never ditched his responsibilities as the leader of the Brady kids, but the actor who played him is about to shuck some clams.

BETHEL, Maine - The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by displaying some special moon rocks.

Bangor Area Homeless Shelter

Advocates for people experiencing homelessness are taking precautions as a heat wave is predicted to hit the state this weekend.

An internal investigation shows University of Southern Maine officials knew a former school superintendent's handling of racist complaints raised concerns when they offered her a tenure-track position.

A gay bar in Maine's largest city has put up new front windows after 28 years of covering its smashed glass with plywood in the wake of homophobic vandalism.

Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Unjustified bill increases, confusing bills, endless wait-times for customer service representatives who turn out to be uninformed - those were just a few of the many complaints Central Maine Power customers brought to a Portland hearing convened last night by the state's Public Utilities Commission.

Maine Calling broadcasts from the North Light Gallery in Millinocket for an update on the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. New trails are currently under construction, road signs are ready and expected to be installed any day now, and the National Parks Service just wrapped up a series of public meetings seeking feedback. Following Maine Calling will be another public discussion as part of Maine Public’s “Tell Me More” Tour.

This is part of Maine Calling’s yearlong focus on rural issues in Maine.



PORTLAND, Maine - A civil trial has begun over a Maine art museum's claims that a deceased benefactor's caretaker manipulated her into removing the museum from her will.

A curious visitor to a Maine train museum that resembled a white throw pillow or perhaps a lost toupee turned out to be a rare albino porcupine.

AUBURN, Maine - A 77-year-old man who stabbed a woman at least 11 times outside a laundromat while her 11-year-old twins watched has been convicted of murder.

The 30th Annual Open Farm Day takes place on July 28, and more than 130 farms are participating. Our panel discusses statewide farming and agricultural community trends and news.

This is part of Maine Calling’s yearlong focus on statewide rural issues.