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.



6:05 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Sedgwick Author: Demise of Books Overstated

Warren Lehrer

The demise of the book, as a delivery system for literature, is all but imminent in the minds of some futurists. But Warren Lehrer doesn't buy it. The writer and artist, a summer resident of Sedgwick, has been a pioneer in the art of the book. His most recent work, a novel, reflects his interests in expanding the possibilities of the book format as a way to tell stories. Keith Shortall caught up with Lehrer recently at the Rockland Public Library.

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5:45 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

LePage Pitches 'Welfare to Work' at Lewiston Homeless Shelter

LEWISTON, Maine — Republican Gov. Paul LePage visited a homeless shelter in here Monday to make the case for his food stamp reform initiative that he's calling "Welfare to Work." The governor views the effort as a way to help people, not hurt them.

The governor says the initiative won't affect people with disabilities, single parents, or those with several children. But it will require able-bodied people between the ages of 19 and 49 to work or volunteer 20 hours a week.

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5:35 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

LePage: State Should Consider Giving Up on Riverview Certification

Riverview Psychiatric Center in August 2013.
Mal Leary MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says in the wake of a recent failed bid to qualify for federal certification, Riverview Psychiatric Center here should consider operating without it. Riverview lost its certification last September due to safety issues, and along with it about $14 million in federal funding, according to state estimates. The hospital has been working to improve ever since, but problems persist.

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5:03 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Plymouth Residents Raise Stink over Sewage Processing Facility

Ken Fredette (left) and Plymouth resident Linda Seavey.
A.J. Higgins MPBN

PLYMOUTH, Maine — For nearly 15 years, residents in this sleepy central Maine community have been engaged in a battle with a sludge processor. The issue is odor, as the company transforms sewage into organic nonfood crop fertilizers. And now a new proposed state regulation could further intensify that dispute.

  When Joe Mousseau and his wife were visiting the Plymouth area from Arizona a few years ago, they decided they liked it so much, they would retire there. But then one summer day, Mousseau sensed there was something in the wind — something bad.

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The Telling Room
5:42 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

The Telling Room: 'The Forest of the Runaways'

"The Forest of the Runaways" author Molly Ruth Daley.
Credit Courtesy the Telling Room

Every Friday this summer, we're featuring the work of young writers in partnership with the Telling Room In Portland. This week's entry is "The Forest of the Runaways," by Molly Ruth Daley.

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Sentry dogs
5:34 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Maine Teen Seeks to Honor Dogs Who Died Defending the Nation

David Cyr, who is leading the effort to restore the sentry dog cemetery in Limestone.
Credit Nick Woodward

Dogs have long been used in warfare, providing help in active duty combat and rescue operations. Today, they often live out the rest of their lives as part of a family. But back in the 1960's, that wasn't allowed. Sentry dogs who defended America's Strategic Air Command centers and patrolled combat zones in Vietnam, died on the battlefield or were eventually put down. Efforts are now underway in Limestone to reclaim an abandoned cemetery dedicated to these special service animals.


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Market Basket
5:30 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Maine Market Basket Workers Join Protest in Support of Ousted CEO

The Market Basket store in Biddeford.
Credit Tom Porter

About 100 employees from the embattled New England grocery chain Market Basket traveled from southern Maine this morning to take part in a huge rally at corporate headquarters in Massachusetts, where thousands of co-workers are calling for the return of an ousted former CEO.

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Fixing the VA
5:27 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Reforming the VA: Maine Delegation Wants Agreement on Fix Before Recess

Congressional negotiations on a bill to reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and address the myriad of problems in the agency, are at an impasse with the co-chairs of the conference committee blaming each other for delays.  Meanwhile, Maine’s delegation is saying Congress should stay at work until the bill is passed.

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Judicial nominees
5:53 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

LePage's Top Judicial Nominees Win Panel's Unanimous Approval

Deputy Attorney General William Stokes, whose nomination to the Superior Court bench was approved today by a legislative panel.
Credit Mal Leary

A Maine legislative panel today took up Gov. Paul LePage's nominees for top judicial appointments. The governor has frequently turned to Republican ideologues or like-minded business conservatives when searching for people to fill a variety of posts in Maine state government. But the chief executive deviates from that practice when it comes to judicial nominees.

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Border children
5:52 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Colbert Spoofs Maine Gov's 'Border Children' Concerns

Gov. Paul LePage's displeasure with the placement of unaccompanied minors in Maine has become fodder for late night political satirist Stephen Colbert. Colbert used his Wednesday night cable TV show to poke fun at Gov. LePage and his characterization of the effect they could have on state resources.

  With more than 52,000 unaccompanied children from Central America in federal custody, and as many 90,000 expected by the end of the year, Colbert says the humanitarian crisis at the Texas border is a flood - a flood like El Nino is raining actual "ninos."

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