Jailed defendants expected private attorney calls. They didn’t always get them.

Murder suspects fear they can’t get a fair trial after state police acknowledge listening to portions of phone calls with their attorneys.

Attorney Calls Recorded by Maine Jails

Four counties in Maine recorded nearly 1,000 calls by inmates to attorneys in a single year.

Maine’s prime farmland is being lost to solar. Is ‘dual use’ the answer?

A report urges developers to build dual-use projects with elevated panels that permit farming and grazing beneath. Critics say the approach is not yet affordable.

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Inflation pushed by electric rates, rigged against customers

If you pay the electric bill, you’re in for a shock. In the electric business, it’s called “rate shock” and it occurs when rates suddenly increase to the point where some customers can’t pay their bills. It’s here now. The electric business makes sure the companies...

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Unsafe Homes: Children in Peril

Two Maine babies and two toddlers died during May through August of 2021 due to suspected abuse by their parents. The four child homicides in three months set a state record. Barbara Walsh explores the recent homicides in a new series.

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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Conversations from the Pointed Firs: Former Abbe Museum Director Chris Newell

Chris Newell joins host Peter Neill for an episode that will evoke the spirit of Maine as seen through the history of the native people who lived here since the beginning.