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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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Maine Senate President Troy Jackson and a number of Democratic leaders are pushing forward two bills to explore importing drugs from Canada. One bill would look at allowing individuals to access prescription drugs from Canada, the other would set up a wholesale system.  The bills are aimed at reducing prescription drug costs for Maine residents.

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A crowd of several hundred turned out for a vigil against hate in Lewiston's Kennedy Park on Sunday.  Speakers included Gov. Janet Mills, the mayors of Lewiston and Portland, Muslim city councilors and faith leaders from the Muslim and Jewish communities.

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Last Friday, four friends were ice fishing on a back country pond in the Jackman area. 

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The controversy over Skowhegan High School's use of the name "Indians" continued Thursday night as both sides presented what might be their last chance for public testimony before the MSAD 54 school board takes action.

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School board members at RSU 21 in Kennebunk agreed Monday night to take steps towards launching an independent investigation into the district’s response to racist incidents at its schools in recent years.

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Dozens of protestors gathered at Portland's Lobstermen's Park Monday afternoon to oppose President Trump's declaration of a national emergency last week to help fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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The arrest of a Maine man in connection with a 26-year-old sexual assault and murder case in Alaska is once again highlighting the emerging use of genetic genealogy by police to solve crimes. The technology was used to link DNA from the crime scene at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to 44-year-old Steven Downs, a registered nurse living in Auburn.

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Creative Portland is launching a new event intending to highlight the city's performing arts talent. It will take place this Sunday, Feb. 17. The show will feature music, dance, digital art. Singer JanaeSound recently relocated to Portland from St. Louis, Missouri, and will be performing on Sunday. Her song "Diamonds" has racked up more than 100,000 listeners on services like SoundCloud and Spotify. She spoke with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

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Members of Maine's congressional delegation and environmental and outdoor groups are praising Senate passage this week of a historic public lands package that includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The legislation is expected to win strong support in the House, and it comes after President Trump has pushed to scale back protections for public lands.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills told a joint convention of the Legislature Monday night that her budget is aimed at the future, and defended it against criticism that it is unsustainable. Mills said her budget is responsible, and provides needed investments in critical areas without raising taxes.

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Maine Sen. Susan Collins says nothing was accomplished by the recent partial government shutdown. Collins appeared Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation" and reiterated her stated view that shutdowns are never a solution.

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The Greater Portland Council of Governments is launching a pilot project to help municipalities  address the opioid crisis.  At a workshop in Falmouth Wednesday night, town leaders began the process of developing a comprehensive action plan. 

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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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