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The Senate Judiciary Committee will move forward with a hearing scheduled for Monday on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, despite a request for further investigation from his accuser.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Many of Maine’s school buildings were built more than 50 years ago, and they need a lot of work: asbestos and lead removal, new roofs, windows and doors. But in the face of budget cuts after the Great Recession, many schools have struggled to keep up with those maintenance needs, forcing some districts to make tough choices.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Democratic candidate Janet Mills attempted to lay claim Tuesday to a key issue in the four-way race for governor — the economy. She presented a range of initiatives designed to encourage small-business growth while addressing Maine’s dearth of skilled workers and and its aging labor pool.

Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins says U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who alleges that he sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s should both testify under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District serves on the conference committee ironing out differences in what congressional leaders are calling minibus spending bills. She says the goal is to avoid a federal government shutdown.

Updated at 5:20 a.m. ET Saturday

Tropical Storm Florence is still a slow-moving giant that poses danger to people in North and South Carolina, as its storm surge and intense rains bring high floodwaters to towns both on the coast and inland.

The storm has been linked to at least five deaths, a toll that is expected to climb.

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.

Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press File

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.

Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press File

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.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Call it a potential match made in prison.

Elise Amendola / Associated Press File

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

The High Cost Of Recycling Is Hitting These Greater Bangor Communities Hard

Sep 12, 2018
Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

Soaring recycling costs that show no sign of reprieve have forced at least six Greater Bangor towns to stop offering the service, and more are likely to follow.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

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

Updated at 5 a.m. ET on Tuesday

Hurricane Florence is growing in size and strength as it barrels toward the Southeastern U.S. for an expected landfall in the Carolinas later this week as an "extremely dangerous hurricane," according to the National Hurricane Center.

Maine’s Midcoast, Hit Hard By Opioid Crisis, Wants Its Own Drug Court

Sep 10, 2018
Lauren Abbate / Bangor Daily News

Maine’s judicial branch is eyeing the midcoast as the future location of an expanded drug court that would offer an array of services to criminal defendants struggling with addiction.

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