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Not an easy week with the tragic news out of Texas. 

Many people are asking: What can be done? To try and put this in better context, our newsroom put together an overview of what you need to know about Maine’s gun landscape.

NPR also has continued coverage, reporting on topics ranging from how to talk to kids about school shootings to how a gun turn-in program was popular beyond expectation in Sacramento.

This week’s issue also touches on a new pilot trying African inspired dishes in Portland schools, scalloping in the Baystate and debates over that fishery, and the first all-black team to summit Mt. Everest. Finally, we have a local look at the baby formula shortage and another baby story out of Kenya.

And a shoutout to our newsroom for winning several regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Congrats!


Hope a long weekend does you good,



Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: In the wake of the Uvalde school shooting, here’s what you need to know about guns in Maine

Here is where the state stands on gun ownership, crime and laws.

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NPR: The Sacramento police department offered gas money for unwanted guns. They ran out of gift cards in 45 minutes

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PRI: An eelgrass festival in Mexico celebrates Indigenous Comcáac conservation efforts

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NPR: A formula controversy in Kenya — but shortages aren't the issue

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Maine Public: Portland schools serving African-inspired dishes to boost participation in school meals

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WBUR: The debate over an outdated rule that's harming renewable energy in New England

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NPR: Here's how much it could cost to rebuild Ukraine — and who would pay for it

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The Public's Radio: America’s biggest scallopers want changes to regulations preventing consolidation

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Maine Public: National formula shortage leaves Maine parents struggling to feed their babies

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NPR: Meet the cool 62-year-old Kenyan on first all-Black team to summit Everest

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Did you have a chance to attend our All Books Considered Book Club meeting with author Phuc Tran discussing his novel Sigh, Gone last month? If not, you can view it HERE.

Next up is Land of Cockaigne by Jeffrey Lewis. That book club event will be hosted by Jennifer Rooks and will take place in late July.

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