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Thomas College wants to eliminate textbooks in some of its courses as a way to lower costs for students.

The Waterville-based college announced Tuesday that it will use a $140,000 grant to transition away from requiring textbooks to using free online resources in 30 courses over the next three years. That's out of about 250 courses that the school offers each semester.

Low-Income, Senior Housing Companies File For Bankruptcy

Jan 30, 2018
Jake Bleiberg / Bangor Daily News

PORTLAND, Maine — Three companies that own about 600 units of low-income and senior housing throughout Maine filed for bankruptcy late last year.

They are linked to development mogul and convicted felon Michael Liberty and include the owner of a large affordable housing complex in one of Portland’s most desirable neighborhoods.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's biggest city hopes to expand a pilot program that employs panhandlers.

The Portland Press Herald reports the Portland Opportunity Crew was created last year to decrease panhandling in the city. Under the initiative, people are given job training, hired for minimum wage jobs and extended housing assistance.

City Manager Jon Jennings says the program's pilot run was a success. Jennings hopes to continue the program next year. However, funding remains a challenge as the city's budget tightens.

Governor Paul LePage

Jan 30, 2018
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Governor LePage joins us to discuss his legislative priorities for his final year in office. 

Guest: Paul LePage is serving his final year as governor of Maine.

BIDDEFORD, Maine - Maine officials are looking for ways to fund the millions of dollars of work needed to repair the historic City Hall in Biddeford.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports Biddeford city councilors say fixing City Hall is a priority as the rest of downtown experiences a revitalization. But voters have rejected three proposals in the past 11 years to fund the project.
 

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees is still working on refining its policy on political activity by employees.

The recently unveiled draft policy has drawn criticism from faculty and others because of fears they'd be prohibited from expressing their views and engaging in the political process.

A new system for filing unemployment claims remains broken, according to some state lawmakers.

State Rep. Ryan Fecteau says he and other elected officials continue to receive complaints about problems with signing into accounts online, and reaching system administrators by phone.

Fecteau says those problems are directly impacting people's financial stability. "The issue now is that folks who should have been receiving a benefit quite a while ago, they aren't receiving a benefit, and therefore haven't been paying bills, because they just can't."

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

Whether it's lobsters bound for Beijing, Shipyard beer being sold in Sheffield, England or tongue depressors turning up in Thailand, Maine products are making inroads into world markets. For some entrepreneurs, there can be a big payoff. This is the first in a series we're calling, "It CAN Get There From Here."

Jennifer Mitchell visited the Shipyard Brewery in Portland where she found out that international beer success is driven largely by relationships.

Shipyard founder, Fred Forsley, is busy canning a beer that isn't even his.

Darren Fishell / Bangor Daily News

As policymakers have fretted over whether Maine spends too much on its schools, more and more research in recent years has shown that boosting the amount schools spend on low-income students can help close persistent achievement gaps and even improve the outlook for poor students later in life.

Kidney Disease

Jan 29, 2018
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More than 40 million Americans have kidney disease. In Maine, more than 180,000 people have the disease.  We’ll discuss the different types of kidney disease, treatment options and their cost, and what’s on the horizon for helping those with the disease.  

Guests:Dr. James Wasserman, Medical Director of Southern Maine Dialysis Facility Genevieve Morgan, author and editor who is dealing with kidney disease.Paul Conway, President of the American Association of Kidney Patients 

 

WASHINGTON - Two Republican senators say their party should immediately consider returning contributions from casino mogul Steve Wynn in light of sexual harassment allegations against him.

BANGOR, Maine - A former Bangor mayor and multi-term legislator is one of 13 candidates to seek the Democratic nomination for Governor of Maine.

BANGOR, Maine - Police in Bangor say they've arrested a suspect in connection with the death of Israel Lewis.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Republican Party is denying involvement with a secretive website that’s attacked progressive candidates, including one defeated in the recent Lewiston mayoral race.

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Recent winter storms and flooding are causing problems at a section of Acadia National Park, including the Sieur de Monts. Nature Center, Spring House and Wild Gardens of Acadia.

Park spokesperson Christie Anastasia says the Sieur de Monts parking lot is closed until further notice.

“We've had a lot of rain and melting of snow and the area in sieur de monts received quite a bit of that water and then it froze so there's over a foot of ice in the area,” she says.

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