All Things Considered with Nora Flaherty

4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

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.

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Changes could soon come to the system that delivers free legal services to poor people in Maine facing criminal prosecution.

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More retailers and restaurants are eliminating toxic chemicals from food packaging, according to a report from the coalition Safer Chemicals Healthy Families.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

A nationwide prescription drug shortage is being felt here in Maine.

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A degree from Maine Maritime Academy generates one of the highest returns on investment in the country, according to a new report released Thursday from researchers at Georgetown University. The report's authors say the latest data provide a new measure to gauge a school's value — beyond its national reputation.

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The state of Maine spent more than $21 million last year to provide free lawyers to people who cannot afford legal representation in court. And while defending people accused of crimes can be expensive, much of that amount may be due to overbilling.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

A new treatment for cystic fibrosis, or CF, is being hailed as a groundbreaking therapy that can potentially extend the lives of people with the condition.

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Maine mental health provider Sweetser has announced it is ending its clinic-based therapy program, which will affect 450 children and adults.

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Tuesday's elections were relatively low-key, in an off-year with only a few ballot questions and no statewide candidates. But some local elections proved to be historic, as several immigrants were voted into office.

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A Maine school bus driver has been placed on administrative leave and faces charges of operating under the influence of drugs after he was stopped while driving the Biddeford High School field hockey back team from a game this weekend.

According to Maine State Police Lt. Erik Baker, longtime Biddeford School Department bus driver Richard Tanguay was pulled over about 8 p.m. Saturday night heading south on I-95 with about 30 students and staff on board. Baker says a trooper saw several signs of erratic driving.

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At the age of 92, Jacqueline Moore of Portland has published a book of poetry called “Chasing the Grass.” In it, she explores themes about the natural world’s beauty and vulnerability, especially against the backdrop of human disruption.

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One of the most difficult issues facing lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Janet Mills in the months ahead is how to adequately fund the state’s roads and bridges. The cost of repairs and reconstruction continues to increase, and fuel taxes have not kept pace as Mainers move to more fuel-efficient vehicles.

As part of his continuing series of interviews with Maine news makers, Mal Leary spoke with Gov. Mills about her views on transportation policy.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Maine's governor and New Brunswick's premier are asking U.S. regulators for permission to find a new owner for an old dam that maintains water levels for the 16,000-acre East Grand Lake – a recreational haven for citizens of both countries. But the dam's current owner is dropping plans to help pay for its future upkeep.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

Maine's fledgling hemp industry has been anxiously awaiting regulatory guidance from the federal government, and now the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued some temporary rules. But some of the initial guidance is raising questions for both growers and state regulators.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Maine’s two U.S. House representatives, both Democrats, say they support the proposed House rules for the next phase of the impeachment process.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Last month, Jessica Meir of Caribou launched into space, becoming the first female astronaut from Maine. A few weeks ago, she made history again as part of the first all-female spacewalk from the International Space Station.

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