Maine Things Considered

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It's Thursday - that means it's time again for Across the Aisle, our weekly foray into Maine politics. Our analysts this week include Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic state senator, Meredith Strang Burgess, of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, a former Republican state legislator, and Dick Woodbury, an economist and former independent legislator. They spoke with Keith Shortall.

Across the Aisle is heard most Thursdays on MPBN Radio.

PORTLAND, Maine - A recent wave of immigrants to the city of Portland has meant big changes for the city's public schools, where about 25 percent of students don't speak English at home. As a part of the Portland Children's Film Festival this week, several hundred local high school school kids came together to watch and discuss a film that deals with immigrant teenagers' experiences at one New York City high school.

Patty Wight / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee is considering a bill to increase women's access to reproductive health care.

Mal Leary / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - The road toward a federal balanced budget amendment passed through Maine today when one of its chief proponents appealed to state lawmakers to support a constitutional amendment for that purpose.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republicans on the Legislative Council blocked consideration of a bill aimed at overturning a controversial Maine Public Utilities Commission decision that would slash funding for energy efficiency programs.