Maine Things Considered

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Weekdays at 4 p.m. 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.

A.J. Higgins / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - The day started out pretty well for Gov. LePage. He greeted nearly 100 supporters at the State House during an impromptu rally praising his budget priorities and "get tough" approach with legislators.

Patty Wight / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - More than half of U.S. businesses with 50 or more employees have workplace wellness programs. The goal is to improve health and reduce insurance costs.

While recent studies have cast doubt on the overall effectiveness of these programs, the $6 billion a year industry has an ever-changing line-up of options. One of the more recent additions embraced by some companies in Maine targets an area of health often overlooked by workplace wellness programs.

AUGUSTA, Maine - By wide margins, the Maine House and Senate have overridden Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the $6.7 billion two-year state budget brokered by leaders of the two parties in the Legislature. The Senate voted 25 to 10 without debate while the House voted 109 to 37.

AUGUSTA, Maine - As a 24-hour deadline looms over the state budget, Maine's chief executive finds himself increasingly isolated. Lawmakers are calling for an investigation that they say could trigger impeachment proceedings, and a citizens' rally has been scheduled for Tuesday at the State House.

Mark Vogelzang / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - The state's Government Oversight Committee is being formally asked by Republican, independent and Democratic lawmakers to launch an investigation into whether the LePage administration has "crossed legal or ethical lines" in getting Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves dismissed from his new job.