Maine news

PORTLAND, Maine - A contract dispute between Maine's biggest city and a utility has left two dozen streetlights dark.

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State and Auburn police are still investigating the fatal shooting of a Turner man at a Walmart parking lot in Auburn Saturday night.  The victim has been identified as Jean Fournier, 41.

As deaths from opioids are slowing, deaths involving methamphetamine are on the rise. The most recent CDC data shows a 21% increase in deaths involving methamphetamines in one year. Local officials say Maine reflects the national trend, with more deaths and alarming cases. According to his girlfriend, the suspect in the recent brutal attack of a couple in Bridgton was “high” on meth. Last month, a 21-one year old Bangor mother accused of exposing her baby to meth through her breast milk entered a plea deal that involves Maine’s drug court. We learn about the properties of meth, where it is coming from and what it is becoming the latest drug crisis in Maine.

This show is part of Maine Calling’s ongoing focus on substance use in Maine.

A Maine food bank is completing its $5 million renovation of a building that was once a newspaper printing plant.

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Farms across Maine that provide everything from hops for beer to grass-fed beef are opening to the public for a day.

Maine's largest hospital is getting a boost to help develop a program that would train new doctors for rural areas.

Top Official At UMaine Machias To Step Down A Year Into His Job

Jul 28, 2019
Penn State Greater Allegheny

The head of campus for the University of Maine at Machias will leave the school in mid-August, just a year after he assumed the position.

Maine is moving ahead on a plan to improve its child welfare computer system.

Some immigration advocates in Portland say that while they support the state’s proposed rule change to expand eligibility for General Assistance, the current wording of the measure could keep some immigrants from receiving help.

Opponents of an anti-immigrant group's gathering in central Maine are distributing postcards that characterize the event as a "white supremacist picnic."

Maine has a vibrant community of Civil and Revolutionary War historical reenactment groups throughout the state. Other groups focus on pre-Colonial times, or World War I. There are also Medieval reenactments (some that focus on early 15th century military). These groups try to bring living history directly to Maine schools, libraries, and other organizations. We’ll hear from reenactors about why they do what they do, and learn about upoming events--including their role in the state’s approaching Bicentennial celebration.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

The city of Portland has received more than $900,000 in recent donations to help assist newly arrived asylum seekers. Finance officials are recommending the city prioritize housing, basic needs and reimbursing local groups as it begins to appropriate the funds.

City of South Portland

The city of Portland is getting a new police chief, and he comes from right next door. 

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Leaders from Portland's immigrant communities say they are working to clear up any confusion over the city housing policy for the hundreds of asylum seekers facing an August 15 deadline to move out of the Portland Expo building.

Lewiston Police say they have determined that the death of officer Nicholas Meserve in February was caused by an accidental overdose of Fentanyl. Police also say Meserve had taken drug evidence from a crime scene less than one month before he died.