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Susan Sharon / Maine Public

  Originally published 5:33 p.m.September 28, 2018 

More than 100 protesters took to the street outside Senator Susan Collins' Portland office Friday afternoon, where they demanded a no vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Originally posted 12:53p.m. September 28, 2018.

The group suing the LePage administration to force it to expand Medicaid has withdrawn its motion seeking a third party receiver to take over the process of implementation. The development came at the end of two days of hearings in Superior Court in Portland.

Great Northern Paper Company mill in Millinocket, Maine, 1907 / Hugh C. Leighton Company

The nonprofit community development organization Our Katahdin, in Millinocket, has been awarded $5.3 million by the federal government to make infrastructure improvements at the site of the former Great Northern Paper Mill. The money will be used to establish an industrial park to support traditional and innovative forest-products businesses and other industries to support economic recovery in the region.

The legal battle over Medicaid expansion picks up again in Superior Court in Portland Thursday and Friday.

Maine Public illustration

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Janet Mills outraised Republican rival Shawn Moody over a two-month stretch this summer to take the overall fundraising lead in the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Paul LePage.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

A day after fishing regulators adopted strict new measures to prevent herring stocks from collapsing, some New England fishermen say they fear for their own survival.

Lewiston High School via Facebook

Some Maine school districts have yet to receive funding to help support homeless students due to what the Department Of Education says is a "scoring issue." The issue has delayed the application process for schools to receive thousands of dollars in federal grant funds.

There is some good economic news for Maine. State revenues are coming in above estimates, and Maine's wage growth is the highest in New England.

It's time again for Across the Aisle, Maine Public's monthly roundtable on state politics.

This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney who served in the legislature as a Democrat; former Republican lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing; and Dick Woodbury, an economist who served in the legislature as an independent joined Keith Shortall.

Lisa Sette / Center for Coastal Studies via AP

Originally published 4:43 p.m. September 25, 2018.

A report by federal scientists says it’s time for a new look at regulations that aim to protect the endangered North American right whale — because they aren’t working and may have made things worse.

The U.S. House has passed two bills that could help some consumers pay less for prescription drugs.

The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, was approved by the U.S. Senate last week.

A Superior Court judge has ruled that a Republican candidate for district attorney in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties has violated several Maine bar rules, including unlawful conduct. Seth Carey will now face a hearing to consider whether any sanctions should be imposed, including possible disbarment.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

Representatives from Maine’s wood products industry unveiled their plan on Tuesday to grow the state’s forest economy by more than $3 billion over the next seven years. The Forest Opportunity Roadmap is an ambitious plan that relies on innovation and technology.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Groups that can spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections have combined to bring in nearly $3 million already on Maine legislative and gubernatorial races.

Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press File

Monday is the first day of moose season in northern and eastern Maine, and hundreds of hunters are expected to take part over the next six days. The hunt is divided into four segments, and continues by region around Maine until the third week in November.