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Power Company Responses to October Storm May Raise Costs for Consumers

Central Maine Power Company ( CMP ) estimates that the response and recovery from an October windstorm will cost more than $68 million. Short-term, company officials say they will seek to charge a portion of this cost - $27 million - to customers.

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 The Maine House and State Senate are due to adjourn for the year on Wednesday.   Before then, the legislature must vote ona 30-million-dollar bill that will balance the state's budget for the fiscal year beginning in July.   There are also dozens of measures that have price tags that the legislature will be asked one final time to fund.  Most, maybe all, will fail.  After Wednesday, legislative leaders say they expect to return later this year to deal with more vetoes from Republican Governor LePage.

Rain and melting snow are keeping rivers running high in northern New England, increasing the chance of flooding.  Almost all of the region, along with northern-most New York State are under flood watches.The National Weather Service said minor flooding occurred Sunday morning along the Barton River in Coventry, Vt., and urged anyone traveling near streams and rivers to seek higher ground at the first sign of rising water.

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The dispute goes back nearly 10 years.  But two months ago, the Maine Supreme Court sided with the property owners,  overturning an earlier lower court decision, which found that the public had established an easement to the beach "by custom," - that is, by having used it consistently over the last 100 or more years.

In the latest development, the Supreme Court granted a request by town and state officials to reconsider the motion, and oral arguments were heard on both sides.

The legislature's appropriations committee has found a way to balance next fiscal year's budget, but Governor LePage doesn't like it.It's because the budget document reduces expenditures by 20-million-dollars by extending the medicaid payment schedule for health care providers by two weeks.  LePage said yesterday, "We spent three and a half years to get a plan so we could pay off the hospitals and now they're telling me well you will delay payments to the hospitals, that's unacceptable." The governor's immediate leverage is limited.   The budget bill will need a two-thirds vote to pass.

Spring Cleaning

Apr 10, 2014

  Winter is finally on the way out and it's time to assess what the long, cold weather did to our homes and property. What should be at the top of our to-do lists regarding getting your house ready for the warmer months ahead. Is now the time to paint, plant and purge? Tips and ideas for working around the home.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

Helen Watt, licensed as a Professional Engineer in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Jersey

Martin Grohman, Director of Sustainability at GAF Materials Corporation; Host at The Grow Maine Show

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  Speaking in Maine takes us next to Orono and the University of Maine for the recent Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs lecture. The speaker is U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who speaks on "Incivility and Hyperpartisanship: Is Washington a Symptom or the Cause?"

        The idea of carving a national park out of Maine's north woods has been very controversial.  Opponents fear it would place large tracts off-limits to activities like hunting and snowmobiling.       Governor LePage suggested state lawmakers have a say by requiring legislative approval before anyone sells or gives more than 40 acres of land to the federal government.        Democratic State Senator Linda Valentino of Saco complained the bill would violate the property rights of Mainers.

  Home births, c-sections and an update on our understanding of childbirth. Learn about different options for mother and baby during pregnancy and childbirth. Learn about issues that arise during a delivery, whether at home or in the hospital, and what new moms and dads can do to make such a momentous day as safe and comfortable as possible.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

Dr. Jay Naliboff,an Ob/Gyn practices at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington

Jill Breen, a Certified Professional Midwife and Certified Lactation Counselor

Maine Crime Writers

Apr 8, 2014

What is it about our state that attracts so many top notch authors who specialize in stories of murder, mystery and mayhem? Learn about the craft of writing a good suspense or crime novel and try to solve the mystery of writing a good who-done-it.

Host Jennifer Rooks speaks with:

Paul Doiron, author of the Mike Bowditch crime novels, including 'The Poacher's Son,' He is Editor Emeritus of Down East: The Magazine of Maine

Julia Spencer-Fleming, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author of Through the Evil Days

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Classical Music in Maine

Where to hear Maine Public Classical programming.

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Snowmobiling in Maine

Friday—2018 marks 50 years of statewide organized snowmobiling in Maine. We'll learn about how to get started, which trails to try, and the importance of safety precautions.