Maine Things Considered

Monday - Friday 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Weekdays at 5:30 pm hear Maine’s only daily statewide radio news program. MPBN'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.



The Telling Room
5:42 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

The Telling Room: 'The Forest of the Runaways'

"The Forest of the Runaways" author Molly Ruth Daley.
Credit Courtesy the Telling Room

Every Friday this summer, we're featuring the work of young writers in partnership with the Telling Room In Portland. This week's entry is "The Forest of the Runaways," by Molly Ruth Daley.

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Sentry dogs
5:34 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Maine Teen Seeks to Honor Dogs Who Died Defending the Nation

David Cyr, who is leading the effort to restore the sentry dog cemetery in Limestone.
Credit Nick Woodward

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.


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Market Basket
5:30 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Maine Market Basket Workers Join Protest in Support of Ousted CEO

The Market Basket store in Biddeford.
Credit Tom Porter

About 100 employees from the embattled New England grocery chain Market Basket traveled from southern Maine this morning to take part in a huge rally at corporate headquarters in Massachusetts, where thousands of co-workers are calling for the return of an ousted former CEO.

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Fixing the VA
5:27 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Reforming the VA: Maine Delegation Wants Agreement on Fix Before Recess

Congressional negotiations on a bill to reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and address the myriad of problems in the agency, are at an impasse with the co-chairs of the conference committee blaming each other for delays.  Meanwhile, Maine’s delegation is saying Congress should stay at work until the bill is passed.

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Judicial nominees
5:53 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

LePage's Top Judicial Nominees Win Panel's Unanimous Approval

Deputy Attorney General William Stokes, whose nomination to the Superior Court bench was approved today by a legislative panel.
Credit Mal Leary

A Maine legislative panel today took up Gov. Paul LePage's nominees for top judicial appointments. The governor has frequently turned to Republican ideologues or like-minded business conservatives when searching for people to fill a variety of posts in Maine state government. But the chief executive deviates from that practice when it comes to judicial nominees.

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Border children
5:52 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Colbert Spoofs Maine Gov's 'Border Children' Concerns

Gov. Paul LePage's displeasure with the placement of unaccompanied minors in Maine has become fodder for late night political satirist Stephen Colbert. Colbert used his Wednesday night cable TV show to poke fun at Gov. LePage and his characterization of the effect they could have on state resources.

  With more than 52,000 unaccompanied children from Central America in federal custody, and as many 90,000 expected by the end of the year, Colbert says the humanitarian crisis at the Texas border is a flood - a flood like El Nino is raining actual "ninos."

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5:51 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Maine Side Trips: A Visit to the World's Only Museum of Umbrella Covers

Nancy 3 Hoffman accompanying herself on the accordion in her Umbrella Cover Museum on Peak's Island.
Credit Tom Porter

We continue with our summer series looking at some of Maine's more offbeat - and perhaps lesser known - museums. Today we take a short ferry ride from the Portland waterfront across to Peaks Island.

  "Welcome to the Umbrella Cover Museum. You're in the world's only museum of umbrella covers - umbrella sleeves from all over the world."

Meet Nancy 3 Hoffman, the director, curator and founder of the Umbrella Cover Museum. "And yes, my middle name is really the number 3," she says.

Tom Porter:  "Why umbrella covers?"

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National Hot Dog Day
6:16 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

National Hot Dog Day: Maine Vendors Serve up Classic Dogs With a Twist

The Moody Dog hot dog cart in Belfast.
Credit Jay Field

Today is a special day, as we celebrate a uniquely American food. Yes, today, July 23, 2014, is National Hot Dog Day. Americans consume some seven billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council in Washington.

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USM President
6:09 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

New President: USM's Business Model 'Obsolete'

David Flanagan lays out his vision for USM at a news conference today in Portland.
Credit Tom Porter

The University of Southern Maine has a new interim president.  University of Maine officials this morning named former Central Maine Power chief David Flanagan as the person to lead the state's second-largest university until a permanent replacement can be found.

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Food stamp changes
6:06 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

LePage Administration to Require Able-Bodied Food Stamp Recipients to Work

Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he wants able-bodied food stamp recipients in Maine to work, volunteer or enter a job training program in order to receive benefits. The state has chosen not to seek an extension of a waiver in the supplemental nutrition assistance program, that runs out Oct. 1.

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