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Hancock County Drops Next Week!

It’s our latest installment in "Climate Driven," our series visiting all sixteen counties in Maine. We'll touch on one of the rarest populations of Arctic Charr, efforts to revitalize local clams, and the link between mental health and the environment.

In our survey of Maine Public News stories this week we look at a new health insurance provider entering the state’s marketplace with an effort to encourage more basic care, a focus on the ongoing housing crisis facing asylum seekers as a pool of federal money is spent down, and a look at the gap in Maine’s mental health system.

From the across the public media sphere: our NHPR colleagues report that conditions look good for the New England power grid this winter, Ukrainians are relocating to Vermont, and BBC imagines what a “Green World Cup” would look like.

Speaking of which, is your favored team advancing in the Cup?

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Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: A new health insurer in Maine hopes its unique approach will encourage primary care and lower costs

A brand new insurance company on Maine's Affordable Care Act marketplace aims to simplify things for consumers like Ameigh by combining comprehensive health coverage and direct primary care into one plan. Taro Health is pledging that its plans will build a stronger doctor-patient relationship with minimal paperwork.

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Maine Public: A housing crisis for asylum-seekers is getting more dire as federal funds dry up

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VPR:  Ukrainian refugees bring music to the Northeast Kingdom

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NPR: China lends billions to poor countries. Is that a burden ... or a blessing?

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NHPR: New England’s grid is expected to be reliable this winter, but a cold snap could cause issues

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NPR: Rare good news from the Amazon: Gigantic fish are thriving again

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PBS NewsHour: Drag queen events are increasingly targeted by right-wing demonstrators

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Maine Public: Ex says the mental health system failed a Poland man accused of killing his brother

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BBC Future: Imagining what a green World Cup would look like

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NHPR: A New Hampshire author’s picture book invites children into the world of mushroom foraging

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A busy holiday week ahead for Maine Public in the community and plenty of opportunities for you to participate! 

Join us at the Maine Beer Company in Freeport on Wednesday at 5:30 for our final News & Brews Trivia Night of 2022. 

Our Dash of Maine Cooking Challenge Contest ends on Wednesday at midnight! Submit a favorite holiday recipe and a photo of your completed dish by to Maine Public at [email protected] and you might win a $250 gift certificate to Now You’re Cooking. 

And on Thursday at 7:00, watch Cindy Han’s discussion with author Gigi Georges around Gigi’s novel Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America as part of our All Books Considered Book Club series Details on all of these events can be found on under our EVENTS tab.