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Getting colder out there in Maine…

...Definitely fall by now, but there are still some good sunny days to finish projects ahead of winter. Anyone still last minute planting shrubs or bulbs? That would be me last week, but it’s all mostly done by now. Don’t forget big discount season at the nurseries is happening if you need a plant fix.

Rounding up Maine news this week, a look at how a 15 week abortion ban have effected some Maine mother’s pregnancy complications, a review of Paul LePage’s stance on immigration over time, and one Maine employer taking the plunge on workplace childcare.

That big storm last week knocked down a lot of my foliage leaves, but a trip up the turnpike this week showed me that there’s still some gorgeous golden color on the treetops. (Hint-we’ll have a good look at foliage in our next “Climate Driven” drop at month’s end.)

Elsewhere in the batch we’ll profile VT’s foliage report collectors, understand why cork is coming back, and profile the next UN Climate Conference.

Until next time!



Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: A 15-week abortion ban would have overlooked these Maine mothers' pregnancy complications

Abortion rights advocates say it's a proposal that fails to take into account the issues that can arise later in pregnancy.

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Connecticut Public: All across New England, a group is working hard to find – and save – native plants

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Maine Public: With few options, Jackson Lab will build its own child care center on campus

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WBUR: As offshore wind grows, so do  transmission needs

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Maine Public: LePage has softened his stance towards immigrants ahead of the election. Or has he?

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Vermont Public: Meet the 'Leaf Squad': Volunteer Vermonters who help create fall foliage reports

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NPR: Who's the group that threw soup on Van Gogh's painting?

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PBS NewsHour: The COP27 climate conference kicks off in Egypt next month. Here’s what you need to know

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PBS: Search and rescue teams stretched thin with more Americans hitting the outdoors

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BBC Future: Why cork is making a comeback

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Do you have a special family recipe you roll out for the holidays? If you responded with a resounding YES, then you should enter Maine Public’s Dash of Maine Cooking Challenge today! Submit a favorite recipe and a photo of your completed dish by MIDNIGHT, Wednesday, December 14 to Maine Public at [email protected]  

Winners will be selected by a celebrity panel including Maine chefs Stephen Corry (Petite Jacqueline and 555 North) and David Turin (David's and David's 388). Two winners will each receive a $250 gift certificate to Now You're Cooking in Bath. A BIG shout out to Central Maine Power for sponsoring our Fall cooking challenge!


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