Maine news

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public file

Members of the LGBTQ and ally community will gather Wednesday evening to celebrate the Transgender Day of Visibility.

Our panel of editorial page editors returns to discuss the news making Maine headlines in March. We’ll discuss plans to reopen the state, the latest on the budget, vaccination distribution, the impact of the American Rescue Plan on Mainers and more. 

Panelists:  Susan Young, editorial page editor, Bangor Daily News

Ben Bragdon, editorial page editor, Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel

Greg Kesich, editorial page editor, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Our panel of editorial page editors returns to discuss the news making Maine headlines in March.  We’ll discuss ongoing efforts to re-open the state, the latest on the budget, the continued vaccination roll-out, the impact of the American Rescue Plan on Mainers, and more.

Prosperity Maine

Those who are moving to Maine include people and families from a multitude of different countries. We discuss their experiences and challenges upon coming here, what resources are available to them, and how they contribute to the state’s economy and cultural diversity.

Reza Jalali, executive director, Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center

Tom Porter / Maine Public file

Schools in Portland are planning to bring back elementary and middle school students for four days per week beginning in late April.

Each year, 2.5 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury — from falls, accidents, strokes and other common causes. For many TBI patients, life is never the same, but there are major advances in TBI treatment and understanding of the brain.

Caroline Losneck / For Maine Public

Nearly 300 people rallied in front of Portland City Hall Saturday afternoon to denounce hate, prejudice and racism directed at Asian Americans in Maine and nationwide.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Even as the number of clinics that offer the COVID-19 vaccine has grown, some Mainers still face challenges getting access. Sometimes the barrier is no internet connection. Sometimes it’s finding a ride. And for some communities, it’s miles of ocean.

The University of New England is temporarily moving all of its undergraduate classes online after reporting an outbreak of 25 cases on its Biddeford campus last week.

Maine Legislature via Zoom / via AP

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine legislator who appeared for Zoom meetings twice with a background that made a joking reference to convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein is being investigated by the Legislature’s human resources department.

Historian Heather Cox Richardson has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers with her series of columns published on Substack called “Letters from an American.”

Richardson, who is from Maine and lives in the state part time, is a professor of history at Boston College, where she teaches courses on the American Civil War, the Reconstruction Era, the American West and the Plains Indians. She will discuss the current state of American government and politics, and where we go from here.