Maine Things Considered

Monday - Friday 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Weekdays at 5:30 pm 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.



Ebola readiness
5:45 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

State Nurses Union: Maine Not Prepared to Deal with Ebola

AUGUSTA, Maine - The president of the Maine State Nurses Association is challenging statements made by the LePage administration concerning the state's ability to confront Ebola cases in Maine. The Nurses Association says the state is not ready, a claim that was first advanced this week by one of Maine's gubernatorial candidates.


As president of the Maine State Nurses Association, Cokie Giles could scarcely believe her ears when she heard that Gov. Paul LePage had issued a statement declaring that the state is prepared to protect Mainers from Ebola.

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Your Vote 2014
5:37 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Judge Hears Arguments in Maine Bear Hunting Referendum Battle

PORTLAND, Maine - A Cumberland County Superior Court judge is expected to rule early next week on a motion for an injunction brought by the group Mainers For Fair Bear Hunting against the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. At issue is the department's role in the campaign against the bear hunting referendum on the November ballot. Attorneys for both supporters and opponents of Question 1 staked out their arguments at a court hearing Friday morning.


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Across the Aisle
5:35 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Across the Aisle: Winners and Losers in the 2nd District Debate

And now to our weekly review of Maine politics, "Across the Aisle."  Usually a Thursday feature, it moves to Fridays for the election season to allow for some reflection on MPBN Your Vote 2014 Debates, as well as other debates being held this year. Last night featured a face-off between the candidates in the 2nd Congressional District race here on MPBN.

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FairPoint strike
5:15 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Striking FairPoint Workers: We're Trying to Keep Good Jobs in Maine

Maine 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat, joins FairPoint workers picketing in Portland Friday.
Credit Patty Wight

PORTLAND, Maine - Nearly 2,000 employees at FairPoint Communications began picketing at work sites across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont today, after months of contract negotiations broke down. Union employees say FairPoint leaders are trying to outsource jobs and cut health and pension benefits. FairPoint emerged from bankruptcy just a few years ago, and a company official says it needs to trim costs to stay competitive.  


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In Blind Sight
4:56 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

What's it Really Like to be Blind? Tom Porter Gets a Taste

Tom Porter gingerly makes his way up Congress Street in Portland, led by blind urban planner Claudia Folska.
Credit Michael Barndollar

Claudia Folska is a highly-qualified professional woman: She holds a dual Ph.D. - in urban planning and cognitive science - and works as a public transport official in Denver, Colorado. She's also blind. Folska's story is the inspiration behind a new documentary titled "In Blind Sight," and she's in Portland right now to promote it and to take part in a public discussion tonight on the challenges faced by blind people in the modern world. Tom Porter met with Folska this morning to find out first-hand what life is like for a sightless person in a strange city.


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