Robbie Feinberg

News Producer

Robbie grew up in New Hampshire, but has since written stories for radio stations from Washington, DC, to a fishing village in Alaska. Robbie graduated from the University of Maryland and got his start in public radio at the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Before arriving at Maine Public Radio, he worked in the Midwest, where he covered everything from beer to migrant labor for public radio station WMUK in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Schools in counties designated “yellow” under the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment system will be allowed to resume winter athletics — but not every district may choose to do so.

Seth Wenig / Associated Press

A significant number of Mainers with outstanding student loans could see some major relief under a proposal that newly inaugurated President Joe Biden will reportedly make to cancel thousands in federal student loan debt for each person, among other efforts.

Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

The COVID-19 pandemic, as well as continued efforts to fight racial injustice and police brutality, were central themes of virtual events commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Maine.

University of Maine System

The University of Maine System will require all on-campus students and staff to be tested weekly for COVID-19 during the spring semester as parts of its efforts to prevent or contain new outbreaks.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press file

Bath Iron Works says it’s continuing to implement extra health and safety protocols as the shipyard deals with dozens of cases of COVID-19.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press file

Visitors making reservations for Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park may need to pay a much higher fee this spring.

The park announced that a proposal to charge $6 for vehicle reservations beginning in May — triple the previous rate. The reservation system was piloted last year and will be formally added this summer for vehicles entering the Cadillac Mountain summit road.

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Last fall, Maine’s colleges were relatively successful in reopening. While some universities in other states saw thousands of cases of COVID-19, and some had to move to remote instruction, Maine’s schools were largely able to stay open. But they now face an even bigger challenge: welcoming students back as cases surge across the state.

Maine education officials are launching a new effort to try to reverse declines in college applications to Maine’s public universities.

The Lewiston School Department is working with St. Mary’s Hospital on a drive-thru testing site to more quickly screen school staff.

Nina Mahaleris / Bangor Daily News file photo

Maine’s student-athletes are eager for next week, when high school hockey and basketball games can resume under the state’s COVID-19 protocols. But schools have been required to make major changes in an effort to keep the contests safe during the latest surge in cases.

Maine schools will receive more than $183 million in federal funds from the latest stimulus bill.

Two Muslim holidays will now be recognized by Lewiston’s public schools.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

For students with disabilities, it’s important that needed services be provided as early as possible. But schools and state officials acknowledge that low wages and teacher shortages have left many families waiting for those services, with the pandemic only making the problem worse.

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A group of more than 100 Maine municipalities has reached a preliminary agreement with a prospective bidder to purchase the Coastal Resources of Maine waste facility in Hampden.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

An administrative officer has ruled that the state was correct in denying licenses to Sunday River Brewing Co. over continued concerns about its compliance with COVID-19 protocols.