Maine news

As the head of Maine’s Department of Transportation, Commissioner Bruce Van Note oversees a vast transportation network, including the turnpike, bridges, airports and other infrastructure. In recent news, the DOT has pulled back on a number of projects due to construction costs. We’ll hear about how he will address these budgetary issues and what his plans are for the future.

Tom Porter / Maine Public/file

Portland City Councilors last night postponed choosing between two possible sites to build a 150-bed replacement for its over-flowing Oxford Street homeless shelter.

We discuss the prevalence of rabies in Maine, what to do about potentially rabid animals, how to treat humans and pets who may have rabies and more.

Maine offers an abundance of summertime recreation that is centered around water — from swimming and boating to surfing, in pools, lakes and the ocean. We address essential safety considerations for all ages that are not always heeded or understood.

GORHAM, Maine  — A police officer shot and killed a man outside a Maine fast food restaurant Friday evening, authorities said.

University Of Maine System Will Spend $3.4 Million To Demolish Or Convert Old Buildings

Jun 1, 2019
Brian Feulner / BDN

The University of Maine System board of trustees on May 20 approved spending $3.4 million to tear down or convert old buildings on most of its campuses.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Maine youth ages 10 to 24, and the rate of suicides among Maine's youth is higher than the national average.

Brunswick High School is responding to the problem with a new program that trains students to raise awareness and be a resource for peers. Maine Public reporter Patty Wight visited the student training Thursday as part of our ongoing series Finding a Way.

Prisoners will have free access to menstrual products in Maine jails and prisons under a new law in the state.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

Our panel of editorial page editors joins us to discuss the news that made headlines in May, as well as the other stories that grabbed their attention. 

Former Connecticut Governor Chosen To Lead University of Maine System

May 30, 2019
Michael Dwyer / Associated Press

The University of Maine System has a new chancellor.  The system's board of trustees has chosen former Connecticult Gov. Dannel Malloy to replace outgoing Chancellor James Page, who is retiring June 30.


Professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is best known for writing “well behaved women seldom make history,” as well as the landmark book A Midwife's Tale, which won a Pulitzer Prize and remains a seminal text on women’s labor history. The eminent scholar, Harvard professor, historian and author joins us to discuss her research into early American history and the history of women.

Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair in American History at the University of Virginia and two-time Pulitzer prize winning historian Alan Taylor will be back home in Maine (he attended Bonney Eagle High School and Colby College and was born in Portland) to give two lectures in connection with the state’s bicentennial. 

We’ll discuss the Maine Bicentennial, pre-revolutionary Maine, the US/Canada frontier, and more, including his research in early North American history.  Taylor is the author of nine books, including Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: the Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier 1760-1820.

A federal jury has determined that a police shooting in which the victim was hit three times didn't represent excessive force.

The insects that are now endangered contribute to one third of the food we eat; they are responsible for pollinating our fields, orchards, and gardens. Bees have recently become endangered and we are the ones killing them off.

Tourism attracts millions of visitors to Maine each summer, but for those of us who live here, there are still abundant opportunities to travel and explore in and around the state throughout the season. We’ll learn about places to visit, from popular attractions to hidden gems, as well as lodging options, festivals, events, quirky spots and more.