Maine Things Considered http://news.mpbn.net en Hooked on Birds: 90-Year-Old Mainer Bands Birds for Scientific Research http://news.mpbn.net/post/hooked-birds-90-year-old-mainer-bands-birds-scientific-research <p></p><p>WELLS, Maine - Much like the tourists who flock to the state's beaches, forests, and mountains, birds from all over the world inhabit the same special places. And 90-year-old June Ficker eagerly anticipates their arrival. For 25 years, she's been banding birds at the Wells Research Reserve and collecting data for national research projects.</p><p></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:03:25 +0000 Patty Wight 7053 at http://news.mpbn.net Hooked on Birds: 90-Year-Old Mainer Bands Birds for Scientific Research Maine Lawmakers Criticize Foot Dragging on Formaldehyde Rule http://news.mpbn.net/post/maine-lawmakers-criticize-foot-dragging-formaldehyde-rule <p>AUGUSTA, Maine - Lawmakers in both parties are renewing their criticism of the LePage administration's refusal to identify formaldehyde as a harmful chemical under the Kids Safe Products Act.&nbsp; A proposed rule, dropped by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in April, would require manufacturers to identify the chemical in any products marketed to children. The department says it delayed action to give the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency more time to complete a review of the risks proposed by formaldehyde.</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:01:24 +0000 Jay Field 7066 at http://news.mpbn.net Maine Conservation Group Releases Annual 'Grades' for State Lawmakers http://news.mpbn.net/post/maine-conservation-group-releases-annual-grades-state-lawmakers <p>AUGUSTA, Maine - Nearly two-thirds of the Maine Legislature received a grade of 75 percent or higher from one of the state's leading conservation advocacy groups. <strong><a href="http://www.mlcv.org/">Maine Conservation Voters</a></strong> released its<strong><a href="http://www.mlcv.org/assets/Scorecards/2014mcvscorecard.pdf"> environmental scorecard</a></strong> today, which highlights bipartisan efforts to protect Maine's water quality and invest in clean energy technology. Of the 13 bills cited by the group, lawmakers enacted a dozen, only to lose six to vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:58:37 +0000 A.J. Higgins 7054 at http://news.mpbn.net Maine Museum Preserves Relics from Golden Age of Public Transport http://news.mpbn.net/post/maine-museum-preserves-relics-golden-age-public-transport <p></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:01:34 +0000 Tom Porter 7001 at http://news.mpbn.net Maine Museum Preserves Relics from Golden Age of Public Transport Third Maine Community to Vote on Legalizing Marijuana for Recreation http://news.mpbn.net/post/third-maine-community-vote-legalizing-marijuana-recreation <p>YORK, Maine - As of today, the town of York will put marijuana legalization on the ballot this November. The Marijuana Policy Project submitted more than 900 signatures to town officials this afternoon, more than enough needed to qualify for a citizen initiative. It's the third municipality in Maine to send the issue to voters, which is a growing concern for opponents.</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:59:49 +0000 Patty Wight 7003 at http://news.mpbn.net Michael Brown Killing Stirs Debate about Racism in Portland http://news.mpbn.net/post/michael-brown-killing-stirs-debate-about-racism-portland <p></p><p>Nearly 200 people turned out in Portland Tuesday night to discuss the racial implications of Ferguson, Missouri, in one of the whitest states in the nation:&nbsp; Maine.&nbsp; Many say the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer has raised the curtain on institutional racism in the U.S.&nbsp; And blacks and whites at the meeting say they're committed to rooting it out.</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:56:15 +0000 Susan Sharon 7002 at http://news.mpbn.net Michael Brown Killing Stirs Debate about Racism in Portland Cutler Unveils Welfare Reform Plan http://news.mpbn.net/post/cutler-unveils-welfare-reform-plan <p>Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler today unveiled a welfare reform plan that would require some former recipients with jobs to pay back part of their income.&nbsp; Cutler's plan also creates a tiered system so that benefits are reduced over time after someone finds a job, instead of being immediately cut off. The plan is already drawing fire from his opponents.</p><p></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:54:24 +0000 A.J. Higgins 6996 at http://news.mpbn.net Michaud Unveils Plan to Boost Maine Agriculture and Fishing http://news.mpbn.net/post/michaud-unveils-plan-boost-maine-agriculture-and-fishing <p></p><p>Building on his comprehensive "Maine Made" plan outlined earlier this year, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud says he wants the state to become the food basket of New England through a series of new initiatives aimed at revitalizing the state's farming and fishing industries.</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:49:58 +0000 A.J. Higgins 6940 at http://news.mpbn.net Michaud Unveils Plan to Boost Maine Agriculture and Fishing Maine Scientists Launch Long-Term Study of Marine Life in Casco Bay http://news.mpbn.net/post/maine-scientists-launch-long-term-study-marine-life-casco-bay <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn-vmO63PhQ&amp;feature=youtu.be</p><p>Scientists at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland are trying to better understand how the ecosystem of Casco Bay is changing. This summer, they launched a comprehensive survey of marine life in the bay that will unfold over the next 10 years. MPBN's Jennifer Rooks caught up with some of the researchers.</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:42:57 +0000 Jennifer Rooks 6927 at http://news.mpbn.net Maine Lab Tracks Progress of Dangerous Mosquito-Borne Viruses http://news.mpbn.net/post/maine-lab-tracks-progress-dangerous-mosquito-borne-viruses <p></p><p>SCARBOROUGH, Maine - Lurking in Maine's forests, swamps and even backyards are potentially serious diseases. Deer ticks are a source of at least five diseases in the state. Mosquitoes are the source for two others: West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE. Their incidence in humans is rare in Maine, but researchers at Maine Medical Center's Vector-borne Disease Lab know they infect animals around us. As Patty Wight reports in the second part of her two-part series, their job is to find out why, and to detect when the viruses emerge in humans.</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:40:18 +0000 Patty Wight 6939 at http://news.mpbn.net Maine Lab Tracks Progress of Dangerous Mosquito-Borne Viruses