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.

WASHINGTON - As expected, Maine's two U.S. Senators were on opposite sides as the U.S. Senate passed a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.  Nine Democrats joined 53 Republicans to endorse the measure, despite a presidential veto threat.

PORTLAND, Maine - As public schools in Maine prepare to give a new online standardized test this spring, small - but vocal - groups of parents are moving to prevent their kids from taking the exam.

The ongoing dispute between Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage and the state's attorney general, Democrat Janet Mills, intensified this week. On this week's edition of Across the Aisle, Mal Leary gets reaction to the dispute from our panel of analysts: Cynthia Dill, a practicing attorney and former Democratic state senator, Dick Woodbury, an economist and former independent legislator, and Meredith Strange Burgess, a former Republican legislator.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's non-profits turned out at the State House today for an informal meet and greet with lawmakers, and a chance to highlight their contributions to Maine's economy.


PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Regional fishing industry regulators have rejected a plan to list river herring and shad as part of the Atlantic Herring fishery.