Maine news

BANGOR, Maine - Maine police are investigating the death of an all-terrain vehicle user who was thrown from his ATV in Bangor.

Sen. Angus King joins us from Washington, D.C., to discuss national and international stories in the news as well as his work on behalf of his constituents. We will discuss Syria, ISIS, impeachment, trade, Sen. Susan Collins, broadband, veterans’ rights and other issues affecting Mainers.

Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press/file

Maine lobstermen's frustrations continued to boil over in Waldoboro Tuesday night, at the second in a series of state presentations on proposed gear restrictions that aim to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

Medical Form No Longer Required To Change Gender On Driver's License

Nov 6, 2019
Danielle McLean / BDN

People who want to change the gender listed on their driver’s license or state identification card no longer have to present a supporting statement from a medical provider.

Climate change has the potential to wreak havoc on Maine’s coast and coastal islands. Since 1950, the sea level along the coast of Maine has risen eight inches and is continuing to rise at the rate of one inch every eight years. Warming waters and ocean acidification present additional challenges to those residing and making a living on Maine’s islands. Multiple efforts are underway to protect and conserve Maine's coastal islands, beaches, marshes, bold coast, working harbors and more against erosion and damage from strong waves and storm surges. We discuss those threats and initiatives to increase access to the Maine coast for recreational use and commercial access.

Éric Martel took office as president and chief executive officer of Hydro-Québec in 2015. He joins us to answer questions about Hydro Quebec’s plans to bring power to and through Maine. We’ll discuss the controversial CMP corridor and whether or not the transmission line would help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the company’s green energy goals, and their involvement with the new electric vehicle charging corridor Gov. Janet Mills announced last week.

Courtesy Anthony A. Ornatek family / Maine Public

The Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center is staging an oral history event in Portland on Monday, Nov. 4 focused on veterans. It included an open training on how to capture and record veterans’ stories and get them preserved by what’s called the Veteran’s History Project.

Signups for coverage under the Affordable Care Act began November 1st and end December 15th. Experts expect fewer people to enroll this year as more sign up for MaineCare instead. Also, several thousand people who currently have ACA insurance will be automatically switched to MaineCare (Medicaid.) We’ll discuss the new landscape for medical insurance coverage in Maine.

A high school cross-country athlete who uses a wheelchair is competing in the state meet.

Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

A Bangor car rental agency most likely discriminated against a local woman when it gave a full-time position last year to a 20-year-old instead of the 61-year-old, according to the Maine Human Rights Commission.

Both in Maine and nationwide, there has been a longtime debate over whether or not Daylight Saving Time is helpful or necessary. Two bills were introduced during the last session to eliminate the practice of losing an hour of daylight each year; they failed to pass, but the talk of the need for change continues. We’ll discuss the reasons for and against Daylight Saving Time with historians, sleep experts, business owners, farmers, lawmakers and more.

BIDDEFORD, Maine - A federal judge will decide whether the city of Biddeford has any responsibility in the deaths of two people who were shot by their landlord in 2012.

As of Thursday, the Farmington Fire Department has enough staff to cover all shifts, following the propane explosion that killed one firefighter and injured six others last month.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Maine's governor and New Brunswick's premier are asking U.S. regulators for permission to find a new owner for an old dam that maintains water levels for the 16,000-acre East Grand Lake – a recreational haven for citizens of both countries. But the dam's current owner is dropping plans to help pay for its future upkeep.

INMAN, Neb. - Federal safety regulators have cited a Maine company for the workplace death of an employee in northern Nebraska.