Tall Ships to return to Portland Harbor

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Majestic sails will billow in the Maine sky this summer with the return of the Tall Ships as part of the Iberdrola USA Celebrates Tall Ships festival.

On July 18, 19 and 20 eight of the historic vessels will moor in the Portland Harbor. On Saturday, they will sail through the harbor in a parade and then on Sunday and Monday the vessels will be available for a tour.

The US Coast Guard barque Eagle, America's own tall ship, will be part of the fleet. At nearly 300 feet, the Eagle will be the biggest of the tall ships to tie up for the festival.

The fleet is coming to Portland as the final port in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE 2015 Atlantic Coast series of tall ships races and maritime festivals, organized by Tall Ships America.

Environment Maine releases new report on climate change

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Rain and snowfall is up 28 percent in New England since the 1970s, according to a new Environment Maine report.

The environmental advocacy organization gathered on the Maine State Pier Tuesday to explain the report's findings, which examines climate change over five generations.

To illustrate the scope of these findings, Environment Maine called on speakers from three different generations to give their perspective.

Many of them are worried about the future if the state doesn't curb greenhouse gas emissions.

"I don't think we necessarily have to wait for something to be so detrimental for us to sort of be proactive and take a stand against it," Lewiston City Councilor and Environment Maine member Kristen Cloutier said.

Public hearing to discuss shrimping season

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Shrimpers and regulators are meeting for the last time Monday evening to discuss the possibility of a limited season.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is hearing feedback about the possibility of a limited fishery in the future Monday at the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal. Maine fishermen have missed out on the last two seasons due to a collapse in the shrimp population in 2013. Scientists said the collapse occurred due to overfishing and warmer ocean temperatures.

Some fishermen have said that the colder winter has given them hope the population is on the rebound and there will be a shrimping season soon.

Million Meals Maine hosts 2nd annual meal packing event

PORTLAND, MAINE (NEWS CENTER) -- One-thousand volunteers gathered at the Deering High School gym in Portland Sunday for Million Meals Maine.

The volunteers met and packed food to ship to hungry children in Haiti. This is the second year of the event, and the group's goal was to pack 200-thousand meals!

Event organizer Charity Hirst says the amount of volunteers doubled in size this year.

Million Meals Maine hope to eventually pack 1-million meals on the day of the event.

To volunteer or find out more information visit the group's website

More restaurants in Portland passing health inspections

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Restaurant owners and health inspectors say an increase in inspectors and food safety courses have lead to more restaurants passing health inspections.

Only 6.4 percent of restaurants failed inspections last year which is significantly less than the 83 percent that failed in 2011. Greg Dugal, the head of the Maine Restaurant Association, told the Portland Press Herald he credits the city for partnering with restaurant owners and offering a food safety courses.

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Future of shrimp fishery to be debated during a public hearing

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Fishery regulators are holding a public hearing in Portland to discuss the future of New England's closed Maine shrimp fishery.

The shrimp fishery closed in 2013 and has yet to reopen because of concerns about shrimp population levels. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is collecting feedback from the public about establishing a limited fishery for the shrimp "for use in the future if and when the stock recovers and the fishery can be re-opened."

The Portland hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal Conference Room.

Fishermen from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts harvested Maine shrimp prior to the collapse of the fishery in 2013. Regulators held prior public hearings about shrimp season in Rockport, Maine, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Family still waiting for justice in daughter's death

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Friends and family of Darien Richardson gathered in Portland Saturday for the fifth year in a row to celebrate her life.

In 2010, a masked intruder shot the 25-year-old woman and her boyfriend while they were asleep at their home.

Both initially survived, but Richardson later died as a result of her injuries. The homicide remains unsolved.

"It's up and down. It's wondering. You hear from the police; you don't hear from the police. You're waiting," Darien's mother Judi Richardson said. "It's not a good way to live."

The Richardson's founded the non-profit "Remembering Darien" and hold a walk every year in her memory to raise money for victims of violent crimes.