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.

AUGUSTA, Maine - State Lawmakers are scheduled to complete their work on June 17.  But it is a deadline they have rarely met over the years. The more pressing deadline is June 30, when the current budget law that fuels all of state government runs out.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes today withdrew their representatives from the Maine Legislature, citing frustration with what they say has been the state's continued failure to recognize the sovereign rights of native peoples.

UNION, Maine - A Maine woman is among three herbalists facing a lawsuit by a Massachusetts company, as part of an ongoing trademark dispute. A year ago, Katheryn Langelier, who owns Herbal Revolution Farm and Apothecary in Union, joined two other herbalists in asking the U.S. Patent Office to revoke the trademark of a product called "fire cider."

AUGUSTA, Maine - Public health and school officials concerned about the numbers of Maine parents who are choosing not to have their children vaccinated on philosophical grounds made some headway today in the Health and Human Services Committee.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A plan by Gov. Paul LePage to reorganize the recently-created Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has run into bipartisan opposition among lawmakers.