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.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The Maine Supreme Court Tuesday issued a ruling in a case that could determine whether voters will use ranked-choice voting in the November presidential election. The case involves a citizen initiative that supporters are trying to get onto the fall ballot, but Tuesday’s opinion does not determine the fate of the ballot question itself.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

When COVID-19 first hit Maine last March, school buildings quickly shut down - first for two weeks, then for the rest of the school year - as a way to slow the spread of the virus. Learning continued online, but many students faced a lot of challenges, from limited internet access to the loss of school-based services. Now, as the virus continues to spread, the vast majority of schools are still preparing to open their doors once again.

Nick Schroeder / BDN

Many schools are reopening next week — including a private academy in Sanford run by a church that has an outbreak of COVID-19.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The Maine Supreme Court is being asked to decide when a petition circulator needs to be a registered voter — before or after they turn in petitions for verification. This might sound narrow, but far more than that is riding on the court’s ruling, because this question is about ranked-choice voting in the presidential election.

John Minchillo / AP Images

Mainers who want to bet on next weekend’s Kentucky Derby are out of luck. 

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

In early August, Unity College made some major changes. It laid off dozens of faculty and staff, and announced a transition away from a traditional, four-year residential model to "hybrid learning."

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

This week, students are beginning to arrive back on campus at colleges across Maine, and many are being greeted with new procedures: increased hygiene, new behavior rules, and lots of COVID-19 tests. In fact, some colleges are testing students as much as two or three times per week in hopes of containing a virus that has already led to outbreaks at other schools across the country.

Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

When a Maine lobsterman spoke to support President Donald Trump’s re-nomination at Tuesday’s Republican National Convention, it capped a monthslong courtship of the industry by the president.

Natalie Williams / Bangor Daily News

On the same day that three students at the University of Maine in Orono have confirmed cases of COVID-19, the university system also announced repercussions for students who violate the state's size limit for gatherings.

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In Maine Public’s series “Lessons From The Pandemic,” we've been talking with Mainers about some of the issues that COVID-19 has revealed in communities around Maine, and the lessons we can learn from them for the future.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control is trying to pinpoint the origins of an outbreak of COVID-19 associated with a Millinocket-area wedding.

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released the fifth and final part of its report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Maine’s two U.S. senators both serve on the committee and agree that legislation must be passed to address the issue.

Rick Bowmer / Associated Press

There was a time when the daily routine of a school nurse involved dispensing medications, disinfecting scrapes and cuts and calling parents to come and pick up a sick child.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon on Tuesday joined in the growing criticism of U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for implementing changes blamed for widespread delays in mail delivery.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

While most schools in Maine are still putting the finishing touches on reopening plans for September, a few communities in northern Maine that have to schedule a break for the potato harvest have already reopened this week.