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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With cases of COVID-19 skyrocketing across the state, the Maine Principals’ Association has canceled the state’s high school cross-country championship competitions scheduled for later this week.

State officials are requiring several community youth winter sports, including ice hockey and basketball, to be put on hold until December as part of new guidelines released by the Mills administration.

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Colleges in Maine are increasing testing and seeking to limit student travel as COVID-19 case numbers have surged in the state in recent days.

Franklin and Knox counties have been designated “yellow” by the Mills administration, as state agencies recommend that schools there move to “hybrid” learning and suspend sports and extracurriculars.

The counties join Somerset and Washington counties, which were designated yellow by the state last week. In a news release, the Mills administration says that case rates have climbed to 4.7 percent in Somerset and 3.3 percent in Washington County.

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As schools in Maine wait for guidance around winter sports protocols, some officials anticipate that sporting events will not allow spectators and that masks will be required for all participants.

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In the race for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, Democrat incumbent Jared Golden is leading Republican challenger Dale Crafts by a solid 6 percent margin. But Golden was reluctant to declare victory before all of the votes were counted.

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Industry groups say that some bars and tasting rooms in Maine may not be able to survive, as many must continue to stay closed while COVID-19 numbers surge in the state.

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Union officials at Rumford's ND Paper Mill are concerned about a new restructuring plan that they say could lead to hundreds of layoffs.

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Over the past few years, Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro has repeatedly clashed with council members and faced an unsuccessful recall effort in 2018 after taunting a school shooting survivor in a social media post. He’s also been criticized for his anti-immigrant views.

As the state continues to investigate a growing outbreak in Waldo County, health officials have designated the county “yellow” as part its color-coded risk assessment for schools.

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When public schools in Maine opened this fall, many gave students options for remote learning or hybrid classes, which mix both virtual and in-person instruction. But that’s been a challenge for many teachers, who say meeting the demands of this new system has left them exhausted after only a month of classes.

A proposal for a 40-bed emergency homeless shelter in Portland brought out fierce debate at a city planning meeting Tuesday night.

Cumberland County officials are working with the City of Portland on a plan to create additional space for the homeless this winter at a community corrections center and a local hotel.

State officials have once again classified York County as “green,” meaning schools in the region can consider bringing back all students for in-person learning.

Despite cases of COVID-19 being detected at several schools in Maine, state education officials say that school buildings have so far proved to be relatively safe.

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