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.

Susan Sharon / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - While Gov. LePage is calling for more funding to continue the War on Drugs, others say the time has come for an entirely different strategy. In addition to calls for more drug treatment, a bill to reduce penalties for possession of drugs like heroin and Oxycontin is attracting bipartisan support from lawmakers, from the ACLU of Maine and the Maine Council of Churches.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage is chastising Democrats for not supporting his proposal to hire more drug enforcement agents, judges, and prosecutors.

Tom Porter / MPBN

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Conditions like cancer, Parkinson's disease, PTSD and depression are no laughing matter. But an increasingly popular form of group therapy uses laughter to help people overcome these same health challenges.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Business representatives are joining environmentalists in warning that a one-word typographical error could cost Maine energy consumers a quarter of a billion dollars in higher energy bills over the next three years.

WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders say they will bring sweeping trade legislation forward in April, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership that covers Japan and 10 other countries. The stated goal is to lower trade barriers and allow more exports from the United States and imports to this country from the region.

But the legislation is getting a cool reception from Maine’s congressional delegation.