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Three items top my list to highlight this week:

The first is a BBC profile of the CMP Corridor. The writeup asks whether or not action in Maine is setting the tone for a potential demise nationwide for clean energy projects if the corridor plan is killed. We’ll be keeping an eye on that as events develop.

Second is just how dry it is. It feels odd to say, because at the time of writing this, thunderstorms are about to rumble through. But the U.S. Drought Monitor states that most of Maine is in some stage of drought. I’ve been doing some planting and can tell how parched things are. So if you’re doing any growing or planting, remember to water those plants, especially if they’re new. It will take a period sustained soaking rain to move us out of drought, but at least these showers are helping!

The third item is one that regular readers might remember, and that is that it’s Tour De France (TDF) time!  Bust out your yellow jerseys and hop on that trainer. I’m not making race predictions yet, as we’re still in the midst of big mountain stages, but it’s a lively race this year.

Our Penobscot County “Climate Driven” story drop starts next week, so tune in for that, and catchup on all our previous stories here.

Final plug: we have a brand new project in our Maine Public newsroom, the Emerging Voices Fellowship. It’s part broader editorial efforts in newsrooms nationwide to better reflect our communities and mentor underrepresented voices in the news industry. Click here to learn more. The application is open until July 24. If you know of someone who might be interested, please pass it on!

In the round up this week: shark tracking off Maine’s coast, those Greek statues in museums were once more vibrant than they are today, and an unbeatable empire in the southern hemisphere.


 Read on!


Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: U.S. drug czar: Maine State Prison a national model for medication-assisted treatment

One day after attending the governor's opioid summit in Bangor, the nation's drug czar and a top official from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration paid a visit to the Maine State Prison to learn more about Medication Assisted Treatment behind walls. 

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NPR: We know Greek statues weren't white. Now you can see them in color.

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WBUR: Program will pay Mass. landowners to use 'climate-friendly' forest management

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BBC Travel: The empire the Aztecs couldn't conquer

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BBC: Maine energy: How one hydropower project sparked a $100m 'hoo-hah'

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Maine Public: Janet Mills commits $4.5 million to bolster opioid treatment

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NHPR: 'Royal Flush' siphons sewage on N.H.'s coastline

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Maine Public: Scientists tracking 12-foot white shark in southern Maine waters

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VPR: A music professor on what Black care sounds like, 'as infinite, as vast'

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BBC Worklife: The power of eccentric rituals

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Maine Public’s next All Books Considered Book Club meeting is right around the corner… in fact, it’s at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. Join Jennifer Rooks as she chats with author Jeffrey Lewis about his novel Land of Cockaigne.

Click HERE that evening and be brought directly to the virtual meeting. Do you already have a question or two for the author? Shoot it over to [email protected] and Jennifer will do her best to get it into the discussion. 


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