Morning Links - Friday, March 29, 2024

Asylum Seekers

People seeking asylum and refuge benefit Maine’s economy β€” lawmakers need to support them πŸ› Maine Center for Economic Policy

After a long wait, Portland man welcomes his family following their escape from Sudan πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Cockroach, rodent infestation could force asylum seekers to move out of Portland motel πŸ› WGME

Buy Local

The Lamp Repair Shop Shines a Light on the Artistry of Old Fixtures πŸ› Down East


Letter: City dropped the ball on Congress Square πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Climate Emergency

How Maine’s saltwater wetlands are under pressure πŸ› The Maine Monitor

Natural climate solutions offer hope in addressing climate change πŸ› Maine Audubon

Among other impacts, climate change will affect our collective psyche, scientists say πŸ› Portland Press Herald


Portland City Councilors weigh in on proposed $161 million school budget πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Proposed $161 million Portland Public Schools budget could raise taxes, cut jobs πŸ› WGME

Portland city councilors weigh in on proposed school budget πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine


Maine Legislature moves forward with bill to help communities deal with zoning violations πŸ› WGME


Slate of gun safety bills introduced after Lewiston shooting advance to full Legislature πŸ› Maine Morning Star

Letter: Inflammatory language obscures gun safety debate πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Letter: Dealing with the facts and faces of gun violence πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Letter: End inconsistent and discriminatory treatment of brain disorders πŸ› Bangor Daily News

New 'red flag' bill moves forward in Maine Legislature despite Republican opposition πŸ› WGME

Maine 'red flag' law proposed again in wake of Lewiston shooting πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Health Care

Opinion: Greater access to reproductive health care is a rising tide πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Sen. Collins emphasizes 'enormous need' for mental health services for Maine children πŸ› WGME


Throwback Thursday Photo: Commercial Street 1962 & 2024 πŸ› Portland Old Port


Real Estate Insider: Portland condo prices continue surge πŸ› Mainebiz

A town 1 hour from Portlandis leading its region on housing πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Historic railroad building is Portland's latest bid to fix housing woes πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Inspectors find cockroach infestation at Maine motel housing asylum seekers πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Maine bill could turn 3 vacant courthouses into housing πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine


Lawmakers agree records related to marijuana crimes should be sealed, though not automatically πŸ› Maine Morning Star

House narrowly approves bill to send fewer youths to troubled prison πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Workers at Long Creek say inadequate staffing is creating unsafe conditions πŸ› Bangor Daily News


Committee advances proposal to raise minimum wage for Maine farmworkers πŸ› Portland Press Herald


In Maine's North Woods, some bird species are increasingly abundant. Scientists aren't sure why πŸ› Maine Public

Maine Supreme Judicial court says state Sunday hunting ban is constitutional πŸ› Maine Public

Maine’s highest court upholds Sunday hunting ban πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Read the Maine Supreme Judicial Court's Sunday hunting decision πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Maine’s high court rules Sunday hunting ban is constitutional πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Seed Libraries Are Sprouting Up Around the Pine Tree State πŸ› Down East


Portland Police in Maine fired gas into family home, Army vet says πŸ› WMTW

Rising Juvenile Drug Trafficking Alarms Portland Police With Three Recent Arrests πŸ› Munjoy Hill News


Cianchette announces candidacy for Maine State Senate πŸ› The Windham Eagle

Maine recovery advocates dismayed after drug decriminalization bill turned into study πŸ› Maine Morning Star

Lawmakers balk at decriminalizing drug possession in Maine; opt for a study instead πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Maine lawmakers advance what could be one of nation’s toughest data privacy laws πŸ› Maine Morning Star

Trump quietly continues court fight against Maine secretary of state πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Susan Collins won’t vote for Trump, but is sticking with the Republican Party πŸ› Portland Press Herald


Sea Dogs to Red Sox: Former players make opening day roster πŸ› WMTW

Maine set world record for longest line of whoopie pies πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Portland Sea Dogs interpreter services for the blind πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine


Opinion: Maine’s foster care children deserve their benefits πŸ› Portland Press Herald


Passenger train service through central Maine halted by representatives in Augusta πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Jetport officials work to compromise with neighbors on parking expansion πŸ› WMTW

New proposal would add hundreds of parking spots to Portland Jetport πŸ› WGME

Things to Do

β€˜Nite Show’ taping, disc golf and 5 other things to do this weekend πŸ› Portland Press Herald

The Price Is Right Live! πŸ› Cross Insurance Arena (Cumberland County Civic Center)

Homeboy Sandman with E-Turn and Stay on Mars πŸ› SPACE

Friday 3/29 open mic at Factory3 πŸ› Reddit

Many Maine sugar shacks opening this weekend after last weekend's winter storm πŸ› WGME

Upcoming concerts in Maine: March-April 2024 πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Tribal Sovereignty

Amended LD 2007 would bolster Wabanaki Nations’ power to protect our citizens πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Tribes feud with Janet Mills on group overseeing historic settlement πŸ› Bangor Daily News


Maine House throws cold water on proposal to coax better performance from CMP, Versant πŸ› Maine Morning Star

Maine House rebuffs plan to use performance as guide for utility rates πŸ› Portland Press Herald

GoNetspeed announces network completions in two Maine communities πŸ› Broadband Communities


Solar eclipse 2024 totality will be viewable from Sugarloaf πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine