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UMS Funding
5:56 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

UMS Trustees Vote to Seek Funding Hike, as They Ax USM Programs

FORT KENT, Maine - The University of Maine System's Board of Trustees has given the final OK to a plan to eliminate three academic programs at the University of Southern Maine. At their meeting today in Fort Kent, system trustees also unanimously voted to ask state lawmakers to approve funding increases for Maine's public universities for the next two fiscal years. Trustees say the system needs more funding from the state in order to maintain a freeze on tuition rates. USM, meantime, may be facing another round of budget cuts next year. 

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Your Vote 2014
5:45 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Cutler Assails His Opponents' Environmental Records

Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler touts his work on environmental issues at a Portland press conference.
Credit Patty Wight / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler wants to set the record straight on his environmental record - and those of his opponents. Cutler says Republican Gov. Paul LePage makes no pretenses about his environmental record, which environmental groups characterize as weak. But Cutler says Democratic candidate Mike Michaud claims to have a stronger record than history shows.

 

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Conversations about art
4:59 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

A Portland Sculptor Talks Art on Sex Lines in New Exhibit

by Aaron T Stephan

PORTLAND, Maine - Conversations about art happen every day - in classrooms, coffee shops and museums. But Portland artist Aaron Stephan wondered what it would be like to broach the subject with strangers in an unlikely setting. And the results of that excercise are part of his latest exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art.

 

Aaron T Stephan is primarily a sculptor, but in his first solo exhibition at the PMA, he's introduced an audio component.

PHONE AUDIO:

"Hello. This is Sherry, who am I talking to?"

"Hi Sherry, this is Aaron."

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Your Vote 2014
4:59 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Maine Democrats Go On the Offensive on Jobs

Democratic Assistant House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe addresses a jobs rally at the State House.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - Democratic legislative candidates rallied at the State House today and promised to deliver jobs that Gov. Paul LePage and minority Republicans refused to support earlier this year. The Democrats cited a recent report that concluded Maine continues to lag behind the rest of the country in job recovery in the post-recession. Republicans disputed the job claims, saying Democrats were unwilling to work with Republicans in the last legislative session on job creation proposals.

 

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Caregivers
5:48 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Easing the Burden of Caregivers: It Takes a Village

George and Janice Miller.
Credit Courtesy Janice Miller

HAMPDEN, Maine - We continue now with our three-part series on the challenges facing caregivers. A report by the AARP earlier this year found that family caregivers in Maine who give their time to look after elderly or ailing relatives contribute nearly $2.5 billion in free health care to the state every year. And it's a situation that's likely to get more critical, if you consider the demographic trend - namely that 50 Mainers are turning 65 every day, while the birth rate is falling at the same time.

 

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Your Vote 2014
5:29 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Rap Video of Michaud Creates Political Firestorm

Mike Michaud at a campaign event in November
Credit Ed Morin / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Just when you thought the race for governor might return its focus back to the issues, a flap being spread on social media has exploded onto center stage - at least for today. The ingredients include a video with some off-color rap lyrics, the Michaud for Governor Campaign and the Maine Republican Party, all mixed and churned by Twitter.

Tom Porter: "A.J. Higgins, MPBN's state house bureau chief, is with us this afternoon to help us sort it all out. Good afternoon, A.J."
 
A.J. Higgins: "Hi Tom, always a pleasure."

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Hard cider production
4:52 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

In Wake of Maine's Craft Beer Explosion, There's a New Beverage on Tap: Hard Cider

Apples growing at Ricker Hill Orchards in Turner.
Credit Nick Woodward / MPBN

The last three decades have seen a meteoric rise for the nation's micro-brewing industry:  More than 15 million barrels of craft beer were produced last year, a growth of 10 percent over the year before. But now, there's a new beverage on tap: hard cider. Maine apple producers and beer enthusiasts say it could be Maine's next big thing.

 

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Your Vote 2014
6:02 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Sen. Susan Collins Maintains Popularity as Fellow Moderates Disappear

Sen. Susan Collins talks with supporters at an event in June.
Credit Jay Field / MPBN

Maine Sen. Susan Collins has become one of the most popular and influential U.S. senators in the nation. She's one of the few moderate Republicans left in Congress, and is a politician known for working across the aisle - and occasionally bucking her own party - on key legislation. Collins' supporters say her inclusive style has its roots in her relationships with constituents back home, and, like other Maine Republicans who've served in the Senate, it's won her the consistent support of voters across the political spectrum.

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Across the Aisle
5:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Across the Aisle: Why Maine Reps Voted Against ISIS Measure

Earlier this week, Maine's two U.S. representatives voted against a measure that would give President Barack Obama the authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against ISIS.

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Export-Import Bank reauthorization
2:31 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Maine Companies Keeping Close Eye on Fate of Export-Import Bank

Most people have never heard of the Export-Import Bank, but it's a critical entity for companies that do business globally. It's a federal agency that many private companies rely on to insure that they will be paid for exports to other countries. The authorization that funds that agency runs out at the end of the month and, if that happens, the effects could be felt here in Maine.

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