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BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Public Broadcasting Network has announced the format for the upcoming MPBN gubernatorial debate being televised and aired statewide Thursday.

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network will hold and broadcast its 2nd Congressional District debate Thursday, continuing its journalistic tradition of providing the state with in-depth coverage of statewide political issues.

PORTLAND, Maine - The province of Nova Scotia says it is placing more financial controls on Nova Star Cruises, and providing some additional funds for the Portland-to-Yarmouth ferry service. The move comes after the ferry burned through a total of $25 million (Canadian dollars) in subsidy money from the province. Nova Scotia had planned to invest $21 million, but over a seven-year period.

The Maine Association of Broadcasters has announced that Irwin Gratz of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network will serve as the new chairman of the organization for the coming year.

Gratz moved to Maine in 1978 and worked for 12 years in commercial radio in Sanford, then Portland, before freelancing for MPBN starting in 1990. He has been the local anchor of NPR’s Morning Edition news show since September 1992.


The Maine Public Broadcasting Network announces the arrival of Nora Flaherty as its newest addition to the MPBN News staff. Flaherty comes to MPBN from North County Public Radio in Canton, New York, where she worked as a reporter, host and producer of "All Before Five," which aired live just before NPR’s "All Things Considered," and, most recently, as NCPR’s first digital editor.

The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing

Runners, walkers and cyclists are tying their laces and buckling their helmets this weekend for the sixth annual Dempsey Challenge in Lewiston.  But the sixth annual event is a tough one for actor Patrick Dempsey and his family.

Police departments around Maine will accept unused or unwanted prescription medications today in the latest effort to safeguard potentially dangerous medicines.  State officials say the drugs can wind up in the environment and in the water supply if they're flushed or dumped down a drain.

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network announces its plans to hold and broadcast four key political debates in the month of October, continuing its journalistic tradition of providing the state with in-depth coverage of statewide political issues. The 1st Congressional District, the 2nd Congressional District, the Senate, and the gubernatorial debates will be hosted by MPBN and held at various venues across the state.

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Emily Cain has won the Democratic nomination in Maine's 2nd District Congressional race. The Associated Press has declared Cain the winner of the contest against Allagash logger and state lawmaker Troy Jackson. At this hour, Cain is beating Jackson by more than 2 to 1.

Cain is a state lawmaker who was first elected to the Maine House in 2004. After serving eight years in the House, she was elected to the Senate in 2012.

Cain cast herself as a dealmaker able to work across the aisle, while Jackson's campaign focused on working-class Mainers.

The two top candidates in Maine's governor's race are running neck-and-neck. That's according to a new poll, which shows Democrat Mike Michaud winning 37 percent support, compared with 36 percent for incumbent Republican Paul LePage.

Independent Eliot Cutler garners the support of 18 percent of the vote, and 8 percent are undecided according to a Critical Insights poll of 601 Maine voters self-described as registered.

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The issue of striking the proper balance between privacy and security is topic of increased discussion among the citizenry in the U.S. The revelation that classified, systematic, domestic surveillance by the NSA has been taking place has made this issue front-and-center as of late. A panel discussion between renowned jurists, scholars and authors illuminate how we got here, emerging court battles and the broad range of implications.

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Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud is tied with incumbent Republican Paul LePage in a new poll of the three-way race for governor.

The statewide poll, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, surveyed 839 likely voters. It finds both Michaud and LePage garnering 40 percent support.

Independent Eliot Cutler is a distant third, with 14 percent of the vote. One percent of respondents prefer another candidate, and 1 percent are undecided. The poll was conducted last week.

Tom Daschle

Apr 24, 2014
Tom Daschle, former Senator from South Dakota /

Former U.S. senator and majority leader from South Dakota Tom Daschle who served in the U.S. Senate from 1987 to 2005 delivered Colby College's Senator George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture. Senator Daschle is one of the longest-serving Senate Democratic leaders in history and the only one to serve twice as both majority and minority leader. Senator Daschle's talk was recorded April 16, 2014 at Colby College in Waterville.

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says supporters of a referendum to prohibit the use of dogs, bait or traps to hunt bear have submitted enough valid signatures to get the measure on the November ballot.

Dunlap says supporters turned in 63,626 valid signatures, 6,349 more than required.

The signature petitions were submitted by the group Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, which is seeking to end the practice of using bait, traps and dogs to hunt bear.