Maine news

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date July 29, 2020); no calls will be taken.  

This show is part of our ongoing coverage of topics relating to Maine's bicentennial, and is the fourth in our series on the history of Maine.

The years from World War I through World War II led to lasting changes in Maine. We'll learn about how the efforts of those on the homefront altered Maine's landscape and industries. We'll also talk about notable Maine leaders of that era, and what impacts the wars and those who fought in them had on Maine's future.

PORTLAND, Maine - University of Maine students are returning to campus for the first time since being sent home in March. Monday marked the start of move-in week in Orono just days after three students tested positive for the coronavirus.

The University of Maine System has announced a new plan to test 2,000 people — about 10 percent of its on-campus students and staff — every 10 days in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 during the fall semester.

This show is a rebroadcast of an earlier program (original air date June 15, 2020); no calls will be taken.

We talk with author and journalist Colin Woodard about his new book, "Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood." "Union" is a historical study of how a myth of national unity was created and fought over in the 19th century. This included the idea that the United States' national identity was an Anglo-Saxon one, which laid the foundation for the white nationalist movement we see today.

The University of Maine Orono campus is about to become one of the busiest COVID-19 testing sites in the region this week, as 6,000 students return to campus, beginning Monday.

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Students are returning to campus at Colby College in Waterville.

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Lawmakers and national union leaders rallied alongside members of Bath Iron Works’ largest union Saturday as the union continues to vote on a tentative contract agreement after a two-month long strike.

ROCKPORT, Maine- The athletic department at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport says that due to ongoing threats from the COVID-19 pandemic, the school will not participate in interscholastic sports this fall.

During these extraordinary times, many of us are trying to capture what we are feeling and witnessing by writing down memories, events, thoughts. Three acclaimed Maine writers join us to share their thoughts on writing personal stories. They’ll also discuss Hall’s highly anticipated new novel, "Beneficence," the re-release of Wood’s novel "Ernie’s Ark," and the re-release of Morgan’s "Undecided: Navigating Life and Learning After High School." We’ll also talk with Kerri Arsenault, the author of "Mill Town."

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The unions representing mail carriers and postal workers in Maine are calling for U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to permanently reverse recent changes which they say have created a rash of mail delays.

The Portland Board of Public Education has approved a plan for the coming school year that will mix in-person learning with remote instruction.

The Board approved the proposal on Wednesday. The school year will begin on Sept. 14.

Tom Porter / Maine Public/file

PORTLAND — A school year beginning with daily symptom checks, mandatory masks, 3-foot social distance guidelines and plenty of remote instruction is a go.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says Mainers have been losing shipments of live chicks because of delivery delays by the postal service.

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland will delay issuing licenses for businesses to sell recreational marijuana, though other places in Maine are still scheduled to open adult use pot dispensaries in October.

The Portland Press Herald reported on Monday that the city will delay the award of any retail licenses for marijuana dispensaries because of a court decision last week.

A federal judge blocked the city's plan to favor applicants who are based in Maine and pay taxes there, saying it violated protections on interstate commerce.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine - Dangerous riptides have made another appearance on the Maine coast, and lifeguards were kept busy rescuing swimmers.