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.

Margot Levy

In a year that’s seen a lot of negativity, Mary Latham is crossing the country looking at the positive.

Latham is a couple weeks into her “More Good” road trip, where she’s finding and documenting acts of random kindness all over the U.S. She’s a photographer who’s documenting her stories online.

The stories cheered her and her family up when her own mother was ill, and eventually she’s hoping to turn them into a book for hospital waiting rooms.

The Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center is moving forward with its lawsuit against the city of Bangor after a federal judge ruled Tuesday that a city ordinance regulating methadone clinics is discriminatory.

The court did not grant the center’s request for injunctive relief, meaning, pending a favorable court ruling, the clinic’s client base will remain at no more than 300 patients.

Opponents of two ballot measures have made it official: they’ll be asking for recounts.

Both the opponents of Question 1, which allows for the taxation and regulation of recreational marijuana, and Question 2, which would raise taxes to provide more funding for local schools, have submitted the required number of petitions to begin the process.

Jay Field / Maine Public

The day after Donald Trump’s election victory, athletic gear company New Balance came under fire for what some interpreted as pro-Trump statements made to the Wall Street Journal.

Michelle Knowles and Maze Knowles
Contributed photo

The mother of a transgender teen who took his own life at the Long Creek Youth Development Center says her son’s mental health needs were going unmet and he was languishing in the facility.

Third-grade teacher Sara Wilder leading her class
Robbie Feinberg/Maine Public

Studies show young people in Maine have been exposed to some of the nation’s highest rates of adverse childhood experiences, such as drug abuse and violence at home. In schools, those experiences often lead to problems as students act out and are punished. One town in southern Maine is trying to change its approach to discipline and possibly change the community as well.

UMaine Orono President Susan Hunter and other UMaine System presidents are assuring students that acts of hate against students, based on political differences, ethnicity or religious background will not be tolerated and that campus police are prepared to respond.

Rachel Weinstein Adulting school co-founder teaching a class in Portland.
Patty Wight/Maine Public

Becoming a grown up isn’t easy. There’s a career to pick, money to manage relationships to navigate. The transition to adulthood isn’t new, but there is a new term for it: “adulting.” And a school has opened in Portland that’s dedicated to teaching people how to manage the realities of life once they’ve fledged from adolescence. It’s called The Adulting School, which recently held a day-long summit.

Culley and Watson on top of their new building
Fred Bever/Maine Public

The Portland-area housing market has been on a roll the past several years — or a steamroll for many middle income residents. 

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

It’s been nearly two weeks since Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick released a vague, two-sentence statement saying a resident at the Long Creek Youth Development Center was involved in an unspecified “incident” and that all action was being taken to deal with the situation.

Several days later, the Maine attorney general’s office confirmed that the death of a juvenile resident at Long Creek was under review by the state medical examiner. State officials, citing confidentiality laws, declined to release additional details.

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

Lobster fishermen in Maine have long had to cope with a volatile consumer market that could send prices soaring in the early spring only to bottom out in the fall. But an aggressive international marketing campaign and new demand across the U.S. are changing that cycle and providing more financial stability than fishermen have seen in years.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

PORTLAND, Maine - Mainers today turned out to honor the state's veterans.

A rifle salute marked Portland's Veterans' Day ceremonies. Rob Austin of Standish served four years as an Army artillery man in the Desert Storm campaign from 1989 to 1993. 

Austin says you can't understand what military service means. "Everything. This is what our country's all about. Sacrifice. A lot of people sacrificed a lot for the freedoms that we have today."

Gov. Paul LePage says he is thrilled with the election of Donald Trump as the next president, but he is not happy with some of the other results in Maine on Tuesday.

LePage says the approval of an increase in the state’s minimum wage will hurt seniors. His reasoning is that the hike will increase the cost of goods and services beyond the means of older Mainers on fixed incomes.

“The minimum wage bill is really going to put about 325,000 seniors in severe poverty,” he says. “I am going to do everything in my power to try and mitigate that and help them.

It has been 24 hours since most of the results of Tuesday’s election and we’ve heard a lot about how voters in rural areas turned out to vote for president-elect Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton and help tip the scales on Maine ballot questions.

Political correspondent Steve Mistler took a deep dive into the numbers and spoke with Nora Flaherty.

Nora: You’ve been digging into the election returns to see if the numbers tell us a story of the election. What have you found?

Matt Rourke / Associated Press

As analysts crunch the numbers and figure out what the election results really tell us, for one group, a Donald Trump presidency is especially disappointing. It’s a Maine-based group that has become more of a movement on Facebook now with 3 million-plus members, ardent Hillary Clinton supporters, known as Pantsuit Nation.