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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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After weeks of negotiations, mostly in private, the legislature’s budget writing Appropriations Committee is within striking distance of reaching an agreement on a two-year spending package that would take effect July 1. But, so far, no agreement.

Jessica Carter / Summit

Summit Utilities, which operates Summit Natural Gas of Maine, is building what is called a "Dairy Digester" in the Kennebec County town of Clinton. The company is investing about $20 million into the project.

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Nearly three years after Maine voters approved the legal growth and sale of adult-use marijuana, the state has finally developed a plan to begin commercial sales.

Madelyn Beck / Harvest Public Media

Gulf of Maine lobstermen are casting around far and wide for new kinds of bait, now that federal regulators have cut herring quotas by 70 percent. Possible solutions range from the mass importation of a nuisance fish from the Midwest, to manufactured baits to pig hides.

The Maine Senate has joined the House in supporting legislation that would allow more medical providers to perform abortions.

State lawmakers are considering two measures that would change – in very different ways – how Maine law enforcement works with federal immigration agencies. Both bills are facing opposition from police and sheriff’s organizations.

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There has been another major setback for efforts to expand Maine’s ranked-choice voting system. Last week the Maine House fell short of the two-thirds vote needed to send a proposed constitutional amendment out to the voters. Tuesday the State Senate also came up shy of the needed threshold.

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Juvenile justice advocates say kids in Maine are serving longer sentences in prison for petty, non-violent offenses than adults who commit misdemeanors do. And they say the time kids spend in detention comes at a high financial cost and result in poor and even traumatic outcomes.

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The sea chantey, once the soundtrack of the Golden Age of Sail, has gone the way of other traditional work songs — relegated to folk festivals, history museums and a few tourist schooners. But in Midcoast Maine, chanties that have sat in the archives for nearly one hundred years are getting a new life and being put back to work on Penobscot Bay.

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A legislative committee is strongly endorsing a potentially groundbreaking move to require cable companies to provide "a-la-carte" subscriptions for individual cable channels. Cable operators say federal statute forbids it, but federal regulators say they have never ruled on the question.

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If you are like many people of a certain age, you might view video gaming as little more than brain-numbing escapism, and as time better spent outdoors, in nature or playing sports. 

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A legislative committee gave tepid approval Wednesday to a measure that could effectively kill Central Maine Power's controversial proposal for a high-voltage transmission line through western Maine.

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A bill establishing one of the more aggressive vaccination laws in the country is now one step closer to reaching Democratic Gov. Janet Mills after a vote in the Maine Senate on Tuesday.

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An ambitious proposal to convert Maine’s private electric utilities into a consumer-owned entity got its first public hearing in Augusta on Tuesday.

Groups Press For Maine Bill That Eases Or Eliminates Some Drug Laws

May 14, 2019
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A coalition of groups is pushing to significantly overhaul Maine’s drug possession and trafficking laws, saying current criminal penalties are crowding jails and prisons while exacerbating the opioid crisis.

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