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Maine judge quashes Hydro-Quebec power line plan for now

Dec 17, 2021
The transmission line, in the works for years, would start in Quebec and bring hydro power through Maine to Massachusetts.
A view of Hydro-Quebec's Romaine 4 hydroelectric dam floor in the Côte-Nord Administrative Region of Quebec, Canada, on Oct. 5, 2018. Hydro-Quebec's plans for a hydro energy transmission line that would run through Maine into Massachusetts were put on hold by a judge.
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The return of tourists to Maine takes a toll on restaurant workers

Aug 23, 2021
Some restaurants in the state are boosting wages and benefits to bring workers back.
Bartender Hayley Wilson prepares a drink at the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club in Portland, Maine.
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Chocolate shop has plenty of business but not enough staff

Jul 23, 2021
Dean's Sweets in Portland, Maine, has had "crazy growth," but it's competing with other local businesses for employees.
The interior of Dean's Sweets in downtown Portland, Maine.
Courtesy of Kristin Thalheimer Bingham

As colder months approach, Maine housing advocates seek new resources

Oct 7, 2020
Maine homeless agencies are stockpiling food, opening temporary shelters and more to meet the need.
A team from the Landing Place, an organization for at-risk youth, prepares bags of food and other supplies for families in Maine's midcoast region.
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A flower shop in Maine roots for newly arrived refugees

Dec 13, 2019
In Cynthia Anderson's "Home Now," Somalis and Congolese transform a former mill town. At a flower shop there, wariness turns to warmth.
Jamilo Maalim, on the phone, with her daughter Aaliyah and friend Binto at Mogadishu Store in Lewiston.
Amy Toensing

What Maine's "elder boom" means for the rest of the country

It could be a preview of a caregiver shortage to come.
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Schools struggle to address rising student homelessness

May 7, 2019
More than 1.3 million students were identified as homeless nationwide in 2017, according to federal data.
More than 1.3 million students were identified as homeless nationwide in 2017, according to federal data.
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Full-time school nurses in short supply

Mar 11, 2019
According to a recent study, fewer than 40 percent of schools employ a full-time nurse.
Nurse Maxine Pare inside her office at Etna-Dixmont Elementary School in Etna, Maine.
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Maine voters will decide on a universal home care initiative for seniors funded by a tax on higher income earners

Nov 1, 2018
As the U.S. population over age 65 grows, so will demand for long-term care. Maine voters will consider a possible solution at the ballot box on Nov. 6: universal home care. But should it be paid for by taxing high income earners?
Jessica Browne prepares a plate of French toast for her mom, who works on a puzzle in their kitchen.
 
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Maine’s university system tries to help with an impending labor shortage

Dec 20, 2017
The schools are sharing resources to train more people for jobs.
Freshman Phillip Parent lines up metal weights in an introductory physics class at the University of Maine at Machias. The class is part of a partnership between the state’s universities.
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