Maine news

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A ballot question passed by Portland voters earlier this month could increase the costs of a four-school renovation project by more than $3 million.

Mindfulness has gained popularity in recent years for its role in helping people to improve their lives, from sleeping better to losing weight to reducing anxiety. It has become even more popular during the pandemic, and the other challenges of 2020, in giving people a way to manage these stressful times. We'll learn how and why mindfulness contributes to health and well-being.

October 28 marked the anniversary of Mussolini’s March on Rome, an act of political theater that took place nearly 100 years ago. It led to handing the future dictator the reins of power. Hitler watched Mussolini and learned. "Don’t Know Much About History" author Kenneth C. Davis discusses his new book and what these five dictators had in common, how they seized power, and what their stories teach us today.

U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine has joined growing number of critics of President Donald Trump’s order to reduce U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia.

More schools in Maine are moving to remote learning, at least temporarily, as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the state.

We talk with two celebrated Maine chefs about cooking at home during the pandemic. Chefs Cara Stadler and Ilma Lopez join us to offer advice on how to use simple ingredients in creative ways, comfort foods to make—including those from different cultures—and how to approach some of the popular pandemic dishes, like home-baked bread and fermented or preserved foods.

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The rapid surge in COVID-19 cases in Maine mirrors what's happening elsewhere, but is alarming for a state that has maintained some of the lowest rates in the country. 

Nirav Shah, director, Maine CDC, joins us to discuss the strategy and outlook for containing the virus as well as administering the vaccine to Mainers, and answers listener questions.

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The number of people in Portland’s city shelters has increased dramatically, with the city reporting 539 people in shelter as of a week ago. City officials say they’re doing all they can to accommodate those in need, and are working to get new shelter beds opened up and renting hotel rooms.

Enrollment for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act began on Nov. 1. We’ll hear from experts on changes to the ACA, the recent case the Supreme Court heard on Obamacare, and get answers to listener questions about health insurance.

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Jessica Meir, NASA astronaut, marine biologist and native of Caribou, Maine, made history one year ago when she and colleague Christina Koch made the first all-female spacewalk while on the International Space Station.

We'll talk with Meir about her six months spent in space, her experience since returning to Earth — and to the pandemic — in April, and her plans for the future.

Greater Portland Metro

Drivers will now have to have to yield to some public transit buses around the Portland area.

Veterans Day observances were held around the state Wednesday, although new restrictions to prevent COVID-19 meant a change of plans for some.

Calais Regional Hospital says it has reached a tentative agreement with the Maine State Nurses Union, averting a strike that was promised later this month if the hospital didn’t shift from its stance on two issues.