Maine nursing homes

Nursing homes face ongoing staff shortages – a problem that predates the pandemic

The use of contract nurses and assistants in Maine has soared since 2017 as administrators scramble for solutions.

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Gov. Mills lets public defense changes become law

Maine will change how it provides some legal services to low-income residents after lawmakers parsed a multi-million dollar proposal to fit in the state's two-year budget. The compromise, however, did not earn the endorsement of Gov. Janet Mills, who let two bills...

Chasing Maine: The Antique Car Show

For 15 years, the "Cumberland Classics" have held an informal car show on Tuesday evenings in Cumberland. Anyone is invited to bring their classic car or just stop in to appreciate the beauty of vintage design. Take a step back in time and enjoy some amazing old cars...

The changing face of electricity generation

Switching on a light, you may not think about where that power is coming from – whether a gas-fired generating plant, biomass boiler, hydropower facility or one of the new solar farms springing up across New England. To the end-user of electricity, the system looks...

The biggest Olympic event is politics

Kick back, take it easy. The Olympic Games are underway, giving us a break from political games. That’s wrong, really wrong. The Olympics are highly political. It begins with deciding who will host the Games. Between 2000 and 2022, only one country came up twice –...

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Deaths of Despair

In a remote corner of Maine that locals call ‘The Forgotten County,’ the pandemic triggered isolation, economic struggles and a surge in suicides and overdoses. Hindered by a lack of mental health resources, communities and schools in Washington County banded together to find help for those with anxiety, depression and despair. The Maine Monitor chronicles the heartbreaking losses in a county that seeks solace and solutions to prevent more tragedies.

Defenseless

An investigation by The Maine Monitor and ProPublica found that more than a quarter of Maine attorneys disciplined in the past decade for serious professional misconduct were hired as lawyers for the poor. Sex crimes and felony convictions were among the most severe infractions overlooked in the only state without public defenders. Defendants paid the price.

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Follow the Money

Follow the Money

Mainers are facing a historic congressional election season in 2020. Examine how campaign fundraising and spending are shaping the races for Maine’s federal and state offices using The Maine Monitor’s interactive campaign finance trackers. 

The Last Responders

The Last Responders

Along with provoking a pandemic, COVID-19 has triggered a grief epidemic. It has robbed families of final goodbyes, left loved ones to die with strangers, postponed wakes and funerals. And it has overwhelmed Maine’s “Last Responders,” priests, chaplains, funeral directors and hospice workers who must work around restrictions aimed at diminishing virus infections.

2020: A Class Dismissed

2020: A Class Dismissed

The Maine Monitor spoke to seniors from high schools across the state to tell the story of Maine’s Class of 2020 and how these soon-to-be graduates are dealing with the unexpected developments that come with a pandemic and a disrupted senior year.

Due Process: Inside Maine’s County Courthouses

Due Process: Inside Maine’s County Courthouses

The Maine Monitor examines Maine’s criminal justice system at a time when there’s appetite for major change. Our series looks at the system – successes and failures – to test whether defendants and victims can rely on it to give them due process.

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Chasing Maine: The Antique Car Show

The weekly antique car show in Cumberland allows anyone to bring a classic car or simply admire the vintage beauties.

Chasing Maine: Indomitable Spirit

Chasing Maine: Indomitable Spirit

  Fabiola Jenson and Fartun Hirsi are best friends and students at the University of Southern Maine's School of Nursing. Despite the challenges of immigration from Africa and attending college with children at home, Fabi and Fartun have shown remarkable strength...

Chasing Maine: The Rewind

Chasing Maine: The Rewind

   Take a look back at our favorite moments from the first 10 months of Roger McCord's "Chasing Maine" video series. A 2021 New England Emmy nominee in the cultural short-form content category, Chasing Maine explores our state from a distinct visual perspective....

Chasing Maine: The Ball Game

Chasing Maine: The Ball Game

   Take a behind-the-scenes trip to Hadlock Field, home of the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. With COVID-19 precautions loosening, Hadlock Field is once again a great place to experience the excitement of professional baseball. In this episode of Chasing Maine,...

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