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.


On Monday, Maine Gov. Janet Mills' administration will hold its first summit on addressing the opioid crisis. It will bring together health providers, advocates, police and other first responders as well as people whose lives have been touched by opioid addiction.

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Maine taxpayers were granted some relief by the legislature and Gov. Janet Mills in the session that just concluded, but that does not mean they will see much in the way of any real cash. People in some communities may actually see their property taxes go up.

New England Aquarium

Maine’s Congressional Delegation is appealing directly to President Donald Trump to intervene in a federal rulemaking process that aims to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale, but which could cause large-scale disruption in this state’s lobster industry.

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Opponents of Central Maine Power’s proposed 145-mile power line through western Maine say they will start a petition drive to take the question to a statewide vote.

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Democrats at the national level and in Maine are using a multipronged strategy to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in 2020. The plan includes the creation of a new nonprofit group that can shield its donors and operate in a legal gray area that has been increasingly exploited by political organizations in recent elections.

Lori Valigra / Bangor Daily News

Central Maine Power is asking the state for permission to hike electricity distribution rates for its residential customers by more than 10 percent. The proposal comes as the utility continues to face scrutiny over billing problems, and some critics also have concerns about the request.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

It took a historic decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and an unusual collaboration between environmental groups, the city of Augusta and the state of Maine to remove the Edwards Dam. But 20 years later, the hard-fought effort is being replicated and celebrated around the country as native, sea-run fish, bald eagles and other wildlife continue to return to the Kennebec River.

Office of Gov. Janet Mills

Over the past week, Gov. Janet Mills has signed into law dozens of bills passed by the Maine lawmakers this session. For the two African American members of the Legislature, a pair of bills in particular stand out.

Pat Wellenbach / AP

Maine Congressman Jared Golden and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree are trying to block funding for federal rules that would force Maine lobstermen to take half of their gear-rope out of the water. The issue is part of the debate over how best to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale against potentially deadly entanglement.

Elise Amendola / AP Photo

Democratic lawmakers in the Maine Legislature have given early approval to a bill that would allow non-citizens to qualify for a range of welfare benefits, including food, cash and health benefit assistance.

Julie Pike / Maine Public

A week after his trial began, John Williams has been found guilty in the murder of Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Cole.

Joel Page / AP Photo

There are hundreds of bills introduced the first session of the Maine legislature, but there's only one that must be passed: the two year state budget. Ed Morin spoke with Maine Public Senior Political correspondent Mal Leary about the budget.

Gulf of Maine Deep Coral Science Team / UMaine

Fisheries experts from around the region are at the University of Maine at Machias for a two-day conference on what could be the next wave of fisheries regulation. It's called ecosystem-based fisheries management, and it takes a different approach.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

About 140 asylum seekers slept on cots in the Portland Expo building Wednesday night — the first night that the building was opened to the hundreds of new arrivals from the southern U.S. border over the past few days. More are expected soon.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed into law a contentious bill that will allow some terminally ill patients to request life-ending medication.