Maine Things Considered

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Weekdays at 4 p.m. join host Nora Flaherty and hear Maine’s only daily statewide radio news program. Maine Public Radio's award-winning news staff brings you the latest news from across Maine and the region, as well as in-depth reports on the most important issues.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

The presidential election has spawned an awakening of activists. Around the country they’re mobilizing around issues ranging from immigration, to education, to health care.

Rockweed coats the shoreline on the Maine coast.
Sarah Redmond / University of Maine Sea Grant

For 15 years, shore-front property owners, rockweed cutters and Maine Department of Marine Resources regulators have attempted to balance the competing interests that have tended to define the state’s rockweed industry. 

In this Dec. 19, 2016, file photo, Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage arrives in the House Chamber at the State House in Augusta, Maine.
AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File

Retired state workers and teachers were out in force Wednesday to testify against Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed state budget. They were surprised when the governor personally came before the Appropriations Committee to defend it.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins and  independent Sen. Angus King speak to reporters after King announced his endorsement in her bid for a fourth term, Friday, May 16, 2014, at the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan, Maine.
AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File

Whether it’s the resignation of the national security advisor, speculation about the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia, or President Trump’s unverified claim about wiretapping by former President Obama, news outlets often turn to Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King to weigh in.

Maine’s high court has given a number of former full-time Shaw’s employees a victory as they pursue an age discrimination lawsuit against the grocery store chain.

In this photo taken April 6, 2016, a sign at the federal courthouse in Tacoma, Wash., is shown to inform visitors of the federal government's REAL ID act, which requires state driver's licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file

A decade ago, the Maine legislature rejected a proposal to bring the state into compliance with the federal identification standards known as “Real ID.” Some now say its time that the state adopt Real ID for drivers licenses, because the feds are cracking down. But opponents cite privacy concerns.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., (m.), with Greg Walden, R-Ore., (r.), and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., (l), during a news conference on the American Health Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh

A plan put forth by U.S. House Republican leaders to replace the Affordable Care Act is getting a mixed response from the members of Maine’s Congressional delegation, and from stakeholders closer to home.

State lawmakers are considering a move that could draw the backers of a controversial casino proposal out of the shadows.

The leading Democrat and Republican on the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee say they hope a public hearing on the York County casino referendum will help answer several questions about the campaign and a gambling developer with a checkered past.

Members of Maine’s Congressional Delegation are weighing in on President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, which was announced Monday.

In a statement, Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says that the president’s new immigration executive order addresses some of the concerns Collins had with the original ban. For example, she notes that the new order now exempts green card and visa holders and permits Iraq translators and others who assisted the U.S. military.

The company that delivers crude oil from Maine to Canada, Portland Pipe Line Corp., is seeking tax abatement from the city of South Portland, claiming the city’s Clear Skies Ordinance has reduced the value of the pipeline.

Portland Pipe Line has properties in South Portland valued at nearly $44 million. But in its application for tax abatement, the company says they’re currently overvalued by about $18 million. So how does that translate into actual tax dollars the pipeline could save if its application is approved?

Patty Wight / Maine Public

This story originally aired Thursday, March 2.

As we age, some of us may reach a point where we can no longer live independently. Assisted living is often the next step. While the typical assisted living model houses dozens of residents, there’s a growing trend to offer smaller, home-based alternatives.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Friday morning at the University of Southern Maine, 54 Maine residents representing 26 countries became U.S. citizens.

Scores of teachers and school administrators converged on Augusta Friday to speak out against Gov. Paul LePage’s school funding plan. They say it doesn’t provide enough money overall, and they also take issue with the governor’s effort to rewrite the formula for how money is allocated to local districts.

LePage is proposing that the state provide $991 million to schools for the budget year starting in July. That’s $20 million less than this year. He is also proposing dozens of changes in how the school funding formula works.

Maine Port Authority

President Donald Trump told Congress this week that he wants to see a trillion dollars spent on the nation’s infrastructure through an unspecified public-private partnership.

Now states, including Maine, are putting down markers for where they see the biggest needs. Maine’s to-do list includes a plan for new barge service between here and New York.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press file

Unless you’re a hermit yourself, there’s a good chance you know about Chris Knight, better known as the North Pond Hermit. Knight lived alone in the woods in the Belgrade Lakes area for 27 years, stealing the necessities of life from camps before he was discovered and arrested in 2013.

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