All Things Considered with Nora Flaherty

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Unity College announced Monday that it plans to move away from a traditional, in-person learning model to a hybrid one. Officials say the transition is intended to give students more options and reduce tuition costs. As part of the move, the college is also exploring selling any of its assets, including its rural Waldo County campus.


Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor says it is receiving an increasing number of phone calls from out-of-state visitors who tested for COVID-19 before they came to Maine, then found out they were positive after they arrived. At least one other hospital says it's getting similar calls. These cases aren't captured in state data, and it is raising concerns among some hospital officials that Maine's relatively low case count could take an upswing.

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The state is advising that schools across Maine can consider reopening their classrooms this fall if they follow certain guidelines. The state unveiled its new advisory system for schools, and it has classified all 16 counties as "green," suggesting there is relatively low risk of COVID-19 spread. But those classifications don't mean that all schools will reopen, and many still face lots of challenges before they can bring kids back to class.

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In a tweet early Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump suggested delaying the November elections because of the coronavirus pandemic. Maine’s senators sharply criticized the suggestion.

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The Portland mayor and a pair of city councilors held a "listening session" Wednesday morning with dozens of the city's homeless population who have established an encampment on the steps of City Hall. The goal was to try to improve communication after a week-long impasse over protesters' demands.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

The State Revenue Forecasting Commission says that the state will lose an estimated $524 million in general revenues by the end of next June as a result of the pandemic. But the group is less certain of the forecast than it has been in past projections.

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Colby College has completed a survey of 888 likely Maine voters on a range of questions, including the presidential race and the hotly contested U.S. Senate race in Maine.

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Authorities confirmed Tuesday that a New York City woman was attacked and killed by a great white shark off the coast of Harpswell earlier this week. It’s the first recorded fatal shark attack in the state’s history.

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Advocates are urging state lawmakers to hold manufacturers of so-called “forever chemicals” accountable.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public file

The governor’s Economic Recovery Committee today told lawmakers that the state will need to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to recover from the effects of the pandemic, and even then it will take several years.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

With harvest on the horizon and the summer slipping away, COVID-19 continues to wreak new havoc on Maine farms in diverse ways. Some farmers say the pandemic is dealing blows to their business plans and complicating an already complex labor market — even driving some to the brink of disaster.

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In just a few weeks, the first schools in Maine could reopen after being shut down since March because of COVID-19. And with new state guidelines and requirements, school will likely look a lot different.

Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

On the heels of a recent report that drug overdose deaths in Maine are on the rise, Gov. Janet Mills held a virtual opioid response summit Thursday.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

The pandemic has taken a bite out of Maine's seasonal rental and hotel markets, but it is not hurting real estate prices at all. There is growing anecdotal evidence that, as happened after the 9/11 terror attacks, urban dwellers from out of state are snapping up properties in Maine. That is not yet showing up in the latest data, but prices are on the rise, and industry experts expect that that will continue as more people decide to move to Maine.

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For the past few weeks, as the places where homeless people often receive services have been closed, some have been spending their days — and in some cases, their nights — at Portland’s Deering Oaks Park. Preble Street in Portland has had to close its day center as part of its effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 and had been providing meals for people at several locations, including Deering Oaks.