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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Several school districts in Maine have been forced to shut down in recent days due to staff shortages caused by increasing COVID-19 case counts.

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Many educators across Maine continue to absorb the stress of a school year that’s been unlike any other.

After months of criticism from its retired employees, the University of Maine System says that it will allow retirees the option to maintain their current health care plan, rather than transition to a private insurance exchange.

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The University of Maine is pausing its winter athletics season through at least Dec. 8 due to the number of positive COVID-19 tests on campus.

The Maine Department of Education has recruited more than 20 retired nurses to assist the state with contact tracing as COVID-19 cases surge.

Maine colleges have tested thousands of students in recent days in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 during the holiday months.

The Mills administration is spending nearly $6 million in federal funds to get high-speed broadband internet to more than 700 students in unserved areas of the state.

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A ballot question passed by Portland voters earlier this month could increase the costs of a four-school renovation project by more than $3 million.

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The family of a former resident of the Maplecrest Rehabilitation Facility in Madison, who died after contracting COVID-19, has filed a civil claim alleging negligence on the part of the Big Moose Inn, which hosted a wedding reception that public health officials believe led to the spread of hundreds of cases of the virus and several deaths.

Retired University of Maine system employees filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday over the system’s proposed changes to health benefits, and in response the system announced that it will “pause” to speak with representatives and address their concerns.

More schools in Maine are moving to remote learning, at least temporarily, as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the state.

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Daily COVID-19 cases set another record in Maine on Tuesday, but a bright spot, according to state public health officials, is that public schools have not been a major source of transmission. Yet with the virus continuing to spread, and holiday travel on the horizon, some school officials are considering additional precautions.

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Former and current Maine university employees are urging the system to reverse what they say are costly changes to retiree health insurance.

Androscoggin County is the latest area of Maine to be classified as “yellow” under the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment for schools as cases continue to surge across the state.

Public schools on Mount Desert Island will begin testing teachers and staff each week as part of an effort to monitor the spread of the new coronavirus.

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