Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Alewives, or river herring, are making their usual spawning migration to Maine in unusually high numbers this year, thanks in part to restoration efforts and the removal of dams on the Penobscot and Kennebec Rivers.

WATCH: Maine Lobstermen Recall Freeing Seal Pup From Rope

Jul 18, 2017
Keith Shortall / Maine Public

MATINICUS, Maine — Two Maine lobstermen who rescued a seal pup off Matinicus Rock say they’re glad the video puts a positive face on the fishing industry.

Capt. Jeremy Willey and Jeffrey Dorr Jr. were lobstering Monday when they saw a baby seal entangled and floating in rope. They pulled the pup aboard and Willey began to carefully cut the rope in an effort to free the seal’s head, while Dorr captured the moment on his smartphone.

Brian Bechard / Maine Public

Fifteen years ago, Maine launched an ambitious experiment to give every 7th- and 8th- grader in the state their own device, under a new program called the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. Maine was the first state to try such an expansive program, and experts say it’s still the largest program of its kind. The results of the program vary from district to district, with some teachers adopting the technology and others still resisting it today.

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PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine police sergeant looking for speeders has captured a fireball streaking across the sky on his dashboard camera.
The bright flash visible from several states early Tuesday was apparently left by a meteor burning up as it passed through the earth's atmosphere.
The American Meteor Society reported sightings in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and parts of Canada.

Rebecca Conley / MPBN

Laura, Lewiston: When I first moved to Maine, I thought all the redemption centers were churches! I get now that they’re not, but why does Maine have so many redemption centers?

Rebecca Conley / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - So many people showed up for the Democratic caucuses in Portland on Sunday that voters had to wait in line for several hours to get into Deering High School, where the caucus was held.

Brian Bechard / MPBN

WINDHAM, Maine — The Maine Department of Corrections has been working hard to win support for a $173 million bond to back the renovation at Windham Correctional Center.

Noel Paul Stookey

Sep 7, 2015

Paul, of Peter, Paul and Mary, joins us to talk about his life in music - and to sing a few songs.

Guest:  Noel Paul Stookey, Singer/songwriter.  He was “Paul” of the legendary Peter, Paul and Mary and is an independent musician who passionately believes in bringing the spiritual into the practice of daily life.

Iran Nuclear Deal discussion at USM on August 19, 2015
Jay Field / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - U.S. Sen. Angus King is calling on Congress to approve the Iran nuclear agreement. King explained his support during a forum last night at the University of Southern Maine.

King discussed the deal inside a packed lecture hall at USM with former Sen. George Mitchell and Ambassador Nicholas Burns, who served as President George W. Bush's undersecretary of state for polical affairs.

About half-way through the session, Burns, who was the lead U.S. negotiator on Iran's nuclear program from 2005 to 2008 asked King how he came to support the deal.

Moving on Up in Maine - to a Teeny Tiny House

Aug 10, 2015
Sara Gatcomb / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Americans have historically measured success in square feet. A big house was something to work for. But a growing number of Mainers are choosing to drastically cut their living space - on purpose.

WASHINGTON - Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins today introduced bi-partisan legislation aimed at beefing up cyber-security in the federal government.

This follows the recent hacker attack on the government's Office of Personnel Management, which compromised the personal information of more than 21 million current and former government employees, including Sen. Collins herself.

"This cyber attack points to a broader problem: the glaring gaps in the process for protecting sensitive personal and economic information in federal agencies," Collins says.

PORTLAND, Maine - Health practitioners, athletic trainers and others involved with sports are learning more and more about concussions. Symptoms that would have been ignored not that long ago could now lead to an athlete being removed from a game or practice and monitored for days or weeks.   

Despite that, experts say there's little data about student concussions in Maine.  The six-year-old Maine Concussion Management Initiative based at Colby College is trying to change that with an outreach effort called the "Hit Program."   

BANGOR, Maine - Three Coast Guard ships are getting ready to start breaking ice on the Penobscot River to help prevent ice jam flooding in the Bangor area.

Coast Guard officials say ice breaking operations are scheduled to begin near Brewer on Tuesday afternoon. The ice breaking will be visible from the shoreline and bridges connecting Bangor and Brewer.