Maine news

ELLSWORTH, Maine - Officials say two people were found dead in Ellsworth, Maine, after a fire swept through a home.

How has the pandemic affected the auto industry? After sales plummeted in March, the trend is moving back up. Our automotive experts return to discuss how sales and production of cars, trucks and SUVs have been affected by the coronavirus crisis. They will also answer questions about the latest models, car payment and repair issues and more.

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A small group of protestors, some with beach chairs and “Don't Tread on Me” flags, gathered near the Old Orchard Beach pier Sunday to protest a town policy that prohibits sunbathing and sitting on the beach. Walking and swimming on the beach are allowed.

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Many workers in Maine’s hospitality industry continue to face an uncertain future, even as the state begins to gradually reopen for the summer.

Gov. Janet Mills has relaxed restrictions for restaurants in 12 Maine counties starting May 18, and they will be allowed to reopen to diners as long as they follow certain guidelines. In the four other counties, restaurants are still weighing their options.

We find out what owners are planning to do, and whether customers are ready to return. We also discuss some of the creative solutions restaurants have come up with so far to keep afloat, and those who've opted to close their doors altogether.

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The Maine Department of Education says it has secured nearly 22,000 devices to provide internet access to students across the state.

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The Portland City Council Monday will consider policy changes aimed at helping restaurants open safely to dine-in customers after a key committee gave unanimous support to the proposal.

Maine’s proximity to Massachusetts, along with the ports of Bath and Portland, were catalysts in the Spanish Flu’s spread across Maine in 1918.  We’ll discuss the similarities and differences of that deadly pandemic to today’s, how it affected Maine, and any lessons that can be learned from it.

BANGOR, MAINE - A state trooper in Maine claims in a federal lawsuit that a division of the State Police illegally gathered and stored intelligence on employees at a camp for Israeli and Arab teens, on power line protesters, on gun buyers and on others.

We’ll discuss veterinary issues—including COVID-19 transmission to or from animals, new coronavirus tests for pets, the surge in getting puppies, pet adoptions and fostering, and how veterinarians are delivering care during the pandemic.  We’ll also learn what an animal behaviorist does.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine woman who's serving a 50-year prison sentence for the death of a 4-year-old girl has lost her appeal.

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The head of the federal Centers for Disease Control indicated on Tuesday that new guidance will be issued soon that could allow dental practices to resume routine care. The announcement is a boost for Maine dentists, who will likely be permitted to reopen next week.

Spring is prime time for citizen scientists, also called "community scientists," to get involved with helping to gather data for research about our natural world and more. Even with public health and social distancing in mind, many opportunities to contribute to citizen science projects exist all across Maine, and globally as well. We’ll learn what they are, and how to participate.

Katie Han

As Maine begins reopening its economy, what are the risks, challenges and oppportunities ahead? We discuss how the first steps to the phased process are being taken, especially now that Gov. Janet Mills has given 12 Maine counties the go-ahead to reopen some businesses and entitites. How do businesses owners and customers feel about returning? What plans are in place for the months ahead?

BANGOR, Maine - A church in Orrington says it has filed an appeal after its federal suit challenging the constitutionality of the state's temporary ban on in-person church gatherings during the pandemic was rejected.

The Calvary Chapel in Orrington and its pastor, Ken Graves, had sought an order that would allow their church to congregate as usual, inside their building, this weekend.

They were also seeking an injunction lifting such restrictions for all houses of worship going forward.