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Maine’s Part-Time Court

Maine’s probate courts stand alone. Their judges are part-time and elected, and they operate independently from each other and the state supreme court. A lack of oversight by the probate courts may leave Maine’s most vulnerable residents at risk.
The interior of a room at an assisted living facility.

Long-Term Challenge

With the disappearance of nursing home beds across Maine, thousands of aging Mainers are being sent to “nonmedical” residences that aren’t equipped to handle more intensive health needs.
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Hooked on Heating Oil

Maine relies on home heating oil more than any other state. Ending that costly dependence could improve lives and fight climate change. This series examines Maine’s reliance on oil, the efforts to transition to new kinds of heat, and the potential for our homes to someday be fossil-free.

Our Picks

An illustrated version of Laurie Wall and Janice Sirois.

Eight deaths raise questions about oversight of Maine’s public guardianships

Four of the challenged books: Gender Queer, White Fragility, Beyond Magenta, and It's Perfectly Normal.

Twenty-two challenges to school library books have been filed in Maine since January 2022. Just one book has been removed.

Mary and Gary Freeman pose for a photo in their test pit.

A remarkable discovery in Maine’s wilderness sparks a debate over the risks and rewards of mining

Judge David Paris speaks with an individual (not shown) in front of a sign that lists him as the county's probate judge.

Calls to overhaul Maine probate courts have stalled for half a century. The most vulnerable people may be at risk.

As residential care homes expand in Maine, seniors don’t always get the care they need

Hooked on heating oil: Maine’s reliance on a dirty, expensive fuel


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Sunrise on Casco Bay as seen from a boat.

Marvel at Casco Bay’s breathtaking sunrise cruise

A graphic that contains an aerial view of Eastport and reads: A conversation with Deborah and James Fallows.

Jim and Deb Fallows return to Eastport to discuss the strengths and struggles of small town America

Logo for the Maine's Black Future podcast.

The history of John Brown Russwurm and an interview with Adilah Muhammad

A Black woman paddles while sitting in a kayak on the water. Overlayed text reads "In The Pocket" with periods after the p, o, and c to represent the abbreviation for People of Color.

In The Pocket with Angela Okafor: Let’s talk about Black hair culture

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