Maine Public

Today we begin a new series of talks here on Morning Edition, tapping into the expertise of our top political reporters, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary. With them, we’ll be taking Maine's political pulse.

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Public attention to the issue of hazing on college campuses is heightened when something terrible happens, such as the death of fraternity pledge Tim Piazza at Penn State last year. But hazing isn’t always as dramatic, and it’s common.

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Maine Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is a key vote in the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. As she continues to weigh her position on whether to support him, Collins is under close scrutiny, and has been subject to a lot of outside pressure — some of which she says have gone too far.

Maine’s State Board of Education approved a new kind of regional high school this week that would merge three existing schools and also bring in vocational programs, business training and higher education into one facility in northern Aroostook County.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage once again tore into legislative leaders Thursday over his stalled proposal that he says will protect some elderly residents from foreclosure.

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Twenty-nine percent of Maine adults are obese. That's according to a report released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health

Maine’s median household income increased by over $3,100 last year to more than $56,000.

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As Hurricane Florence bears down on the coast of South Carolina and thousands are being evacuated in what has been called “the storm of a lifetime,” hundreds of miles north, Maine isn’t feeling much of an impact. One particular effect from the storm is emerging along Maine’s southern coast — an increase in surfing.

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Call it a potential match made in prison.

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The University of Maine System announced plans Wednesday to double enrollment in its nursing program in response to the state’s workforce shortage.

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Forest officials warn of impending disaster after the discovery of the destructive emerald ash borer in Maine — for the second time.

A program that’s expected to lower premiums on Maine’s individual health insurance market is set to take effect next January. That’s also when one of the mechanisms to fund the reinsurance program called MGARA kicks in — a monthly surcharge on all health insurance policyholders in the state.

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The four candidates running to become Maine’s next governor participated in their first forum in Lewiston Monday night. The event was hosted by the Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and accordingly focused on a slate of business and economic issues.

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Bells rang out in Portland and Lewiston Tuesday to honor the memory of those who died in the September 11 attacks in 2001.

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For the third year in a row a potentially toxic algae is blooming Down East and forcing closures of shellfishing areas.