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.

BANGOR, Maine — This week Medicare reaches a milestone. The program will officially turn 50 on Thursday, and proponents are celebrating at events across the state and the country.

Amidst the fanfare, some are calling for improvements to Medicare, and even an expansion of the government program to cover all U.S. citizens.

Democratic congressional hopeful Emily Cain sponsored a Medicare birthday party at the Sylvia Ross Home in Bangor on Wednesday. Before indulging in some birthday cake, 72-year-old Diane Grandmaison addressed the party-goers.

Mal Leary / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine — Two northern Aroostook County lawmakers are asking the Legislature's watchdog agency to investigate an alleged threat made two years ago by Gov. Paul LePage to a group known as the World Acadian Congress.

PORTLAND, Maine — The traditional Down East accent is more than a way of speaking. It's also a commercial commodity, another part of the package that makes up, for many visitors, the complete "Maine experience."

Patty Wight / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine — Summer is a time for kids to get a break from school and have some fun. But it's also a time when hunger can become a problem, as kids don't have access to school breakfast and lunch programs.

A.J. Higgins / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine — In the wake of several high-profile court decisions, a ballot initiative here in Maine is expected to garner national attention.

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