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Former Maine Tribal Member Charged in Elver Case
04/18/2014 Reported By:Susan Sharon  

A former Passamaquoddy tribal representative to the Maine Legislature and his two sons are among eight people who have been charged with three counts of felony possession of American eels, and conspiracy to commit a crime in the state of New York. Moore says the other six are members of the Unkechaug Indian Nation on Long Island. And he says were all arrested while trying to carry out the Unkechaug's own conservation plan for eels. Susan Sharon reports.

Maine Legislative Session Comes to An End
04/18/2014 Reported By:Mal Leary  

Maine lawmakers have gone home, until May 1, when they return to handle any vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage. A lot of issues this session have been settled, while others wait for the governor's action and votes on May 1. MPBN's Mal Leary talks with Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter about what got accomplished - and what didn't - in this legislative session.

Maine Soldier Presented with Armor that Saved His Life
04/18/2014 Reported By:Patty B. Wight  

At a ceremony in Portland today, a Maine soldier who fought in Afghanistan was reunited with a large piece of metal that saved his life. Sgt. Timothy Gilboe of Westbrook, who was decorated for his actions in combat in April of 2011, received the armor plate from the U.S. Army at the Portland Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, and shared his account of the attack that cost the life of a fellow soldier. Patty Wight has the story.

'Holocaust Operetta' Makes English Language Debut at USM
04/18/2014 Reported By:Tom Porter  

Look up the word "operetta" in the dictionary and it says something like, "short opera, usually on a light or humorous theme" - not the kind of words you would necessarily associate with a subject like the Nazi Holocaust. Nevertheless, the University of Southern Maine Theatre Department is making that connection in its latest, ground-breaking production - called "In The Underworld." It was written in French many years ago. But tonight in Gorham, USM is staging the English language world premiere of the work. Tom Porter recently dropped in on a dress rehearsal.

Maine GOP: Democrats to Blame for Welfare-Related Fines
04/17/2014 Reported By:A.J. Higgins  

The state's failure to require welfare recipients to meet work participation standards has triggered a $7 million fine from the federal Office of Family Assistance. Gov. Paul LePage and Republican leaders blame Democrats, saying that if GOP-backed welfare reform bills had passed, the state would not be in such a predicament. But Democrats say the penalty will be waived by the feds and that LePage's blustering is a campaign ploy. A.J. Higgins has more.

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