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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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Next week, Mainers vote on a People's Veto referendum that will affect vaccination requirements. Question 1 seeks to overturn a new state law that prevents parents from refusing to have their children vaccinated, except for medical reasons. The Yes on 1 campaign says the new law is unnecessary and infringes on personal freedom.  The No side says the law is needed to preserve public health.

The deaths of two young children, Marissa Kennedy and Kendall Chick, shocked the state into action in the winter of 2017-2018. Marissa was 10 and Kendall just 4 years old.

Over the past couple of months we’ve been reviewing the events, and getting to know the people, who contributed to Maine achieving statehood 200 years ago next month.

Today, historian Herb Adams on two key individuals. First, Henry Clay, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives at the time Maine pressed for admission to the Union:

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A survey of just over 1,000 Mainers conducted for Colby College indicates U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders holds the lead in the Maine Democratic presidential primary March 3. But the race is still far from over.

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A Norway-based company's proposal to build a land-based salmon farm in Belfast has been the topic of heated debate in the midcoast city for two years. Now Nordic Aquafarms is entering a high-stakes phase of the project, as state regulators consider its permit requests.

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If there is one figure who stands out in Maine's striving for statehood, it might be William King.  As we continue our bicentennial look back, the focus today is on the life of King, who would become Maine's first governor.

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Gov. Janet Mills delivered her first State of the State address Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz talked with Democratic state Senate President Troy Jackson, of Allagash, and House Minority Leader, Republican Kathleen Dillingham, of Oxford, to find out what they thought about the speech, and the policy goals and initiatives Mills laid out.

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Gov. Janet Mills is scheduled to deliver her first State of the State address to the Maine Legislature Tuesday night.

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Maine, like the nation, has now seen economic growth that's gone on unbroken for over a decade. That growth has been reflected in real estate development around the state. Will it continue? The question will be explored Thursday at an annual conference of the Maine Real Estate and Development Association, known as MEREDA.

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At the age of 85, Dan Donnell of York decided to try something new. His wife had recently died and he needed to get out of the house, so he started volunteering.

Sixteen years later, he has learned that not only does he like helping others, he also gets by with a little help from his friends.

This interview is part of our series of conversations with Maine centenarians.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

After eight days of testimony, a jury in Waldo County Superior Courty found Sharon Carrillo guilty Wednesday of depraved indifference murder in the abuse death of her 10-year-0ld daughter Marissa Kennedy.

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Two-hundred years ago tomorrow, a hurdle arose on Maine's path to statehood. It had a name: Alabama.

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Hydro-Quebec, the Canadian energy company poised to supply hydropower to a proposed transmission line through western Maine, is joining a campaign to defeat a referendum that could scuttle the $1 billion project at the ballot box next year.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Opponents of Central Maine Power's proposed 145-mile transmission line to bring hydropower from Canada to New England turned out in force at a public hearing in Lewiston Thursday night. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was taking testimony as it considers CMP's application for a federal permit.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Earlier this month, Angela Okafor made history. She's believed to be the first immigrant and person of color elected to the Bangor City Council. Okafor's journey to elected office has required her to navigate numerous barriers in order to make a living in Maine. And now she's dedicated to supporting other immigrants in an overwhelmingly white area of the state.