Maine Things Considered http://news.mpbn.net en Shenna Bellows Strolls Through Bangor on Campaign Walk http://news.mpbn.net/post/shenna-bellows-strolls-through-bangor-campaign-walk <p>BANGOR, Maine —&nbsp;Shenna Bellows, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, completed the first leg of her 350 mile walk across Maine this morning. Bellows is hoping her Walk With Maine for Jobs and the Economy will lead to a long-shot win in November — just as this grassroots approach did for the first Maine politician to use it in a high-profile race.</p><p>In 1972, Republican William Cohen walked 600 miles across the 2nd Congressional District on his way to an upset over a heavily favored opponent. But Bellows faces a much tougher task than Cohen did 42 years ago.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:52:34 +0000 Jay Field 5444 at http://news.mpbn.net Shenna Bellows Strolls Through Bangor on Campaign Walk Maine Advocates Rally for Public Hearing on Phthalates http://news.mpbn.net/post/maine-advocates-rally-public-hearing-phthalates <p>AUGUSTA, Maine — The list of ingredients in cosmetics, lotions and soft vinyl plastics could soon have a new addition. The Department of Environmental Protection today took up a proposal to require manufacturers to report use of phthalates. Phthalates are hormone disrupting chemicals that can cause developmental and reproductive problems. More than 2,000 concerned Mainers say it's time consumers know what's in the products they're buying.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:23:59 +0000 Patty Wight 5440 at http://news.mpbn.net Maine Advocates Rally for Public Hearing on Phthalates Maine GOP Confident in House Races Despite Incumbent Dropouts http://news.mpbn.net/post/maine-gop-confident-house-races-despite-incumbent-dropouts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">AUGUSTA, Maine —&nbsp;</span>Republican leaders in Augusta say they're confident that this is the year the GOP will regain control of the Maine House of Representatives. They cite the fact that the party will field candidates in all but one of the House districts, and have more House candidates than the Democrats. But the House GOP caucus actually was dealt with something of a setback this year, as nearly 40 percent of incumbents eligible to seek re-election decided to bow out.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:09:04 +0000 A.J. Higgins 5439 at http://news.mpbn.net Maine GOP Confident in House Races Despite Incumbent Dropouts Maine Scientist: Wood Frogs at Risk after Unprecedented Die-Off http://news.mpbn.net/post/maine-scientist-wood-frogs-risk-after-unprecedented-die <p>BRUNSWICK, Maine — One of North America's most common species of frog could be under threat. A Maine biology professor has uncovered worrying evidence of a mass die-off of wood frog tadpoles. And it all happened virtually on his own doorstep, just a few short steps from his house.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:48:13 +0000 Tom Porter 5437 at http://news.mpbn.net Maine Scientist: Wood Frogs at Risk after Unprecedented Die-Off Sedgwick Author: Demise of Books Overstated http://news.mpbn.net/post/sedgwick-author-demise-books-overstated <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The demise of the book, as a delivery system for literature, is all but imminent in the minds of some futurists. But Warren Lehrer doesn't buy it. The writer and artist, a summer resident of Sedgwick, has been a pioneer in the art of the book. His most recent work, a novel, reflects his interests in expanding the possibilities of the book format as a way to tell stories. Keith Shortall caught up with Lehrer recently at the Rockland Public Library.</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:05:41 +0000 Keith Shortall 5383 at http://news.mpbn.net Sedgwick Author: Demise of Books Overstated LePage Pitches 'Welfare to Work' at Lewiston Homeless Shelter http://news.mpbn.net/post/lepage-pitches-welfare-work-lewiston-homeless-shelter <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">LEWISTON, Maine — Republican </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Paul </span>LePage<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> visited a homeless shelter in here Monday to make the case for his food stamp reform initiative that he's calling "Welfare to Work." The governor views the effort as a way to help people, not hurt them.</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:45:13 +0000 Susan Sharon 5378 at http://news.mpbn.net LePage: State Should Consider Giving Up on Riverview Certification http://news.mpbn.net/post/lepage-state-should-consider-giving-riverview-certification <p>AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says in the wake of a recent failed bid to qualify for federal certification, Riverview Psychiatric Center here should consider operating without it. Riverview lost its certification last September due to safety issues, and along with it about $14 million in federal funding, according to state estimates. The hospital has been working to improve ever since, but problems persist.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:35:30 +0000 Patty Wight 5377 at http://news.mpbn.net LePage: State Should Consider Giving Up on Riverview Certification Plymouth Residents Raise Stink over Sewage Processing Facility http://news.mpbn.net/post/plymouth-residents-raise-stink-over-sewage-processing-facility <p>PLYMOUTH, Maine — For nearly 15 years, residents in this sleepy central Maine community have been engaged in a battle with a sludge processor. The issue is odor, as the company transforms sewage into organic nonfood crop fertilizers. And now a new proposed state regulation could further intensify that dispute.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:03:49 +0000 A.J. Higgins 5376 at http://news.mpbn.net Plymouth Residents Raise Stink over Sewage Processing Facility The Telling Room: 'The Forest of the Runaways' http://news.mpbn.net/post/telling-room-forest-runaways <p>Every Friday this summer, we're featuring the work of young writers in partnership with the<strong><a href="http://www.tellingroom.org"> Telling Room</a></strong> In Portland. This week's entry is "The Forest of the Runaways," by Molly Ruth Daley.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:42:35 +0000 Molly Ruth Daley 5260 at http://news.mpbn.net The Telling Room: 'The Forest of the Runaways' Maine Teen Seeks to Honor Dogs Who Died Defending the Nation http://news.mpbn.net/post/maine-teen-seeks-honor-dogs-who-died-defending-nation <p></p><p>Dogs have long been used in warfare, providing help in active duty combat and rescue operations. Today, they often live out the rest of their lives as part of a family. But back in the 1960's, that wasn't allowed. Sentry dogs who defended America's Strategic Air Command centers and patrolled combat zones in Vietnam, died on the battlefield or were eventually put down. Efforts are now underway in Limestone to reclaim an abandoned cemetery dedicated to these special service animals.</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:34:06 +0000 Jennifer Mitchell 5274 at http://news.mpbn.net Maine Teen Seeks to Honor Dogs Who Died Defending the Nation