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.

A Superior Court judge has ruled that a Republican candidate for district attorney in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties has violated several Maine bar rules, including unlawful conduct. Seth Carey will now face a hearing to consider whether any sanctions should be imposed, including possible disbarment.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

Representatives from Maine’s wood products industry unveiled their plan on Tuesday to grow the state’s forest economy by more than $3 billion over the next seven years. The Forest Opportunity Roadmap is an ambitious plan that relies on innovation and technology.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Groups that can spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections have combined to bring in nearly $3 million already on Maine legislative and gubernatorial races.

Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press File

Monday is the first day of moose season in northern and eastern Maine, and hundreds of hunters are expected to take part over the next six days. The hunt is divided into four segments, and continues by region around Maine until the third week in November.

Nora Flaherty / Maine Public

Dozens of people gathered in Portland on Monday morning to present a letter to Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine asking her not to vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until sexual assault allegations against him are investigated.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

As the controversy around Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh roils Washington, Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine faces intense pressure at home.

Charlotte Gill

Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor has lived up to its name this past week after a story, first reported in the Mount Desert Islander, circulated on the internet. That’s because owner Charlotte Gill has come up with a process to get lobsters high before they die. She is convinced that a small dose of cannabis can help calm crustaceans before they’re cooked in a traditional lobster pot.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

The 55 or so people who assembled outside Sen. Susan Collins' Bangor office Thursday pulled no punches, as they condemned what they view as the senator's failure to support a survivor of sexual assault.

As a refugee resettlement center, Maine has welcomed waves of immigrants fleeing the dangers of their home countries. But immigration patterns have changed, and advocates say the state has an opportunity to benefit from the contributions of newcomers.

On Maine Calling on Thursday, host Jennifer Rooks spoke with Fatuma Hussein, founder of The Immigrant Resource Center of Maine, and Reza Jalali, an educator, writer and community activist.

The legal battle over implementation of the voter-approved expansion of Medicaid is heating up.

A new report estimates that 27,000 Mainers would be eligible for services if voters approve a ballot question this November to establish universal home care.

Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says professor Christine Blasey Ford should testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s, but Ford wants an FBI investigation first.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue was in western Maine Wednesday and spent more than an hour listening to comments about the needs of rural areas.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Maine’s School Revolving Renovation Fund was established some 20 years ago to help districts face the challenges of fixing aging schools, which have made tough choices due to years of underfunding. But that fund has yet to reach its financial goals, and now has little money left.

Abukar Adan / Maine Public/file

State regulators say the response by Maine’s major electric utilities to last October’s windstorm was reasonable, after investigating the utilities’ reaction to the storm, which left as many as 467,000 customers without power.

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