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.

Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press

Starting Thursday, a new law goes into effect in Maine that bans the use of hand-held cellphones while driving, and strictly limits the use of other devices while driving.

Brian Bechard / Maine Public

Updated 5:51 p.m. Monday:

An explosion at a social services agency in Farmington Monday morning killed one firefighter and injured seven other people.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Earlier this year, a tiny, 140-student magnet high school in Limestone, Maine — only a few miles from the Canadian border — received an unusual honor. It was judged the Number 2 school in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

A new front is opening up in the public relations war over whether the lobster industry should make big changes to protect the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

John Williams, the man who killed Somerset County Corporal Eugene Cole last year, has been sentenced to life in prison.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

For the last 18 years, three women have stood on Main Street in Freeport every Tuesday and waved the american flag to honor the members of the U.S. Military, and those who died in the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Wednesday, September 11, 2019 was their last day. The Freeport Flag Ladies are retiring and, hundreds of supporters joined the three to honor them for nearly two decades of work-in all kinds of weather.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Maine's largest landowner, Canada-based JD Irving, is hoping to get the green light this week to rezone 51,000 acres around four scenic Aroostook County lakes for residential and commercial development.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

For more than 50 years, Outward Bound expeditions have helped thousands of students undertake challenges and master skills in the outdoors that they never thought they could. Along the way, participating teens and adults have discovered the joys of adventure and teamwork, but programs generally have not been designed for seniors. But the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Camden has begun rethinking that practice by offering a short course for women 65 and over.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

One person’s trash, it has been said, is another person’s treasure — except when it comes to recycling. 

Abdigani Hussein

A federal immigration judge has ruled that a 46-year-old Portland man won't be deported to Somalia — at least for now — under the United Nations convention against torture, because of issues related to the political situation there.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

The Maine Lobstermen's Association says it is reversing its initial support for a proposal to reduce the risk that lobster-fishing gear will entangle critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.

The Maine Lobstermen's Association says it is reversing its initial support for a proposal to reduce the risk that lobster-fishing gear will entangle critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.

Mary Schwalm

There's been a recent surge in Democratic presidential candidates visiting Maine, as New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker announced Tuesday that he'll campaign in Portland on Saturday. The flurry of campaign stops — three in a little over a week — illustrate a new electoral landscape for independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who dominated the Democratic caucuses in Maine in 2016. Sanders on Sunday drew a sellout crowd for a rally at the State Theatre in Portland, but his candidacy and his supporters are confronting a new political dynamic that the progressive firebrand from Vermont helped create.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

The cost of housing has become a real challenge in some parts of Maine, including Bar Harbor. Increased tourism, more seasonal employees and a rise in short-term rentals have all pushed housing prices higher, which has forced some year-round residents to find rentals out of town.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

You may have heard it said that just about every third bite of food you take was made possible by a bee. Bees are required in the production of everything from apples to zucchini, and even important cattle feeds such as alfalfa require bees for pollination.

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