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.

Tom Porter / MPBN

WESTBROOK, Maine - Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King visited Maine's oldest paper mill Friday to promote legislation he recently introduced that would classify sustainably-harvested biomass as a renewable energy source. King says such a move would benefit businesses in Maine by helping them come into line with federal standards.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - In an often fiery news conference at the Blaine House, Gov. Paul LePage blasted Democratic leaders in the Legislature for opposing his proposed constitutional amendment to end the personal income tax. The governor says he'll veto any Democratic-sponsored bill until Mainers have a say in getting rid of it.

WASHINGTON - Maine's groundfishing industry will be paying close attention next week when the U.S. House of Representatives considers key changes to the law governing fisheries management in federal waters.

Supporters of a Republican-backed bill to re-authorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act say it would give regulators more flexibility in rebuilding fish stocks. But one groundfishing group says the measure would set back efforts to rebuild the severely depleted cod population in the Gulf of Maine.  

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine House has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe the long-term use of antibiotics to treat Lyme disease without fear of disciplinary action by the medical licensing board.

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ORONO, Maine - As part of a years-long federal effort to address a die-off of honeybees, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new rule to crack down on the use of pesticides whenever working bees are present on a farm.