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Every weekday for more than three decades, NPR's Morning Edition has taken listeners around the country and the world with multi-faceted stories and commentaries that inform challenge and occasionally amuse. Morning Edition is the most listened-to news radio program in the country. Irwin Gratz and the Maine Public Radio News team bring you regional updates throughout the morning.

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Last year at this time, an index of real estate activity in Maine indicated that the market had risen to levels not seen since the Great Recession. This year, there are signs that things could cool off. Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz talks with the Maine Real Estate & Development Association's new president, Gary Vogel, about the condition of the real estate market in Maine, and what the future might hold, as the association holds its annual meeting Thursday in Portland.

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Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling delivered the last state-of-the-city address of his four year term last night. He floated some ideas that could set the stage for a re-election campaign – possibly against several other councilors who have been critical of his style.

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Among those with a new perspective on national affairs is Jared Golden, Maine's newly elected 2nd District congressman.  The Democrat spoke from Washington Wednesday with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz about President Trump's plea over the national airwaves Tuesday night for a wall along the U.S.'s southern border.

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School officials in Skowhegan heard from dozens of local residents, students, and tribal members Tuesday night about whether to retire the high school’s Indians mascot. While several other districts have retired and replaced Native American mascots in recent years, Skowhegan High School is the only school in the state that still uses the name.

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Supporters of a proposal to create a paid sick leave ordinance in Portland won a victory Tuesday night when a city committee agreed to create a universal policy for both large and small businesses.  But the ordinance has yet to be voted on, and several employers say that a paid sick leave mandate would unfairly burden businesses.

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For the past eight years, Gov. Paul LePage has been the gravitational center of Maine politics, pulling traditionally staid disputes over state policy into an orbit of bellicosity, and defying long established standards of behavior for elected officials. He was, as he has said, “Trump before there was Trump.”

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Under the threat of a citizen referendum that could shut down nonmarine-related development on Portland’s waterfront for decades, the city council has unanimously approved a 6-month moratorium on development in the zone.

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The University of Maine football team is having a very good season. The Black Bears are in Utah, where they'll play Weber State in a quarterfinal playoff game tonight. Irwin Gratz sat down with Bangor Daily News reporter Larry Mahoney to talk about this Black Bear team and its successes.

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The school board representing MSAD 54 narrowly approved a motion Thursday night to hold a public forum in January to consider ending the use of Skowhegan High School's Indians mascot.

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Maine Public’s senior political correspondent Mal Leary joined Irwin Grazt on Morning Edition. He was up late following everything from the Governor’s race to local legislative contests, and they took stock of the election results so far.

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  Updated 8:33 a.m. Nov. 7, 2018

U.S. Senator Angus King is on track to represent Maine in Washington for a second term, according to the latest results from yesterday's election. With 69 percent of the vote tallied, King, an independent, holds a lead of 54 percent to Republican challenger Eric Brakey's 36 percent, followed by Democrat Zak Ringelstein, with 10 percent.

Democrat Chellie Pingree has declared victory in Maine's First District congressional race. Pingree fended off challengers from both the political right and center to earn a sixth term in what has become a strong Democratic district.

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Maine voters have rejected a proposal to create a universal home care program, 63 percent to 37 percent. The proposal would have provided free, in-home care to seniors over age 65 and people with disabilities by charging a tax on higher earning households. Opponents argued that the proposal and its funding mechanism were flawed, but supporters vow to continue the battle to bring universal home care to Maine. 

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One of the most closely watched races in the country is still being watched. That's because Maine's 2nd Congressional District is still up for grabs between incumbent Republican Bruce Poliquin, who is seeking a third term, and Democrat Jared Golden of Lewiston.

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Updated 9:53 a.m. Nov. 7, 2018

Democrat Janet Mills will become the first woman elected governor of Maine, according to preliminary results.

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