All Things Considered with Nora Flaherty

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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.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

A major energy company is appealing the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s permit for Central Maine Power Co.’s controversial proposal for a new transmission line through western Maine.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public file

The Maine House of Representatives has given preliminary approval to a bill requiring the state’s Medicaid program and private insurers to cover abortion services.

Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services is launching an initiative to improve care and services for seniors and adults with disabilities.

Portland's City Council Monday night narrowly defeated a requirement for city employers to provide workers paid leave. Today, the Maine Senate gave a preliminary thumbs-up to a similar measure.

Charles Dharapak / Associated Press file

Maine's Department of Education has decided to end a program called AP4All, allowing high school students to access college-level classes online that they otherwise might not be able to get locally.

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Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) in Lewiston is at risk of losing federal funding after inspections identified several issues, including a case in which a patient was paralyzed. The Sun Journal first reported Thursday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found CMMC deficient in safety and quality.

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Rural hospitals across the country say they are being been hurt by increased costs and inadequate Medicaid reimbursement rates. Maine’s rural hospitals are facing the same pressures, and state lawmakers are considering a bill to ease financial woes.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is sharply criticizing the Army Corps of Engineers for the way it has handled Central Maine Power's application for a federal permit to build a controversial transmission line through western Maine.

Manu Fernandez / AP File

Maine could soon have the toughest internet privacy law in the country.

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A bill that would eliminate most non-medical exemptions to the state’s vaccination requirements for Maine school children hit a snag Thursday.

The Maine Senate narrowly voted to retain exemptions for religious reasons. The House has rejected restoring religious exemptions, so the measure will have to undergo additional votes before it goes to the desk of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Maine Gov. Janet Mills presented a bill on Tuesday to create a 27-member climate change council charged with dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning Maine to what she describes as a “low-carbon economy.”

Patty Wight / Maine Public

When Janet Mills ran for governor, she promised to expand Medicaid to help combat the opioid crisis. Her campaign estimated that 25,000 Mainers couldn’t access treatment for substance use disorder either because of a lack of capacity or a lack of insurance.

Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press File

Maine’s Department of Transportation will significantly cut back on construction work this season, because bids are coming in at as much as double what the agency budgeted.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Four months after Gov. Janet Mills expanded Medicaid, nearly 19,000 low-income Mainers have signed up, and it’s estimated that another 50,000 are eligible.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press file

The president of the Maine Senate, who works in the woods of northern Maine as a logger, has introduced a bill that he says is aimed at giving loggers the power to seek fair wages and working conditions — but representatives of the forest products industry say they can’t afford any more increased costs.