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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.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

A Maine State Prison inmate whose due process rights were violated when he spent 22 months in solitary confinement is not entitled to injunctive relief or damages, a Superior Court judge has ruled. Douglas Burr had hoped for a decision that would have limited the number of days prisoners could be held in segregation and the reasons for placing them there. 

Two-hundred years ago Monday, delegates from 236 Maine cities and towns were in Portland, beginning to craft what would become the the state constitution.

Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

Although Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has been careful not to talk about some of the detailed information being made public during the House impeachment inquiry, she is critical of President Donald Trump’s public call for the governments of Ukraine and China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.

Susan Walsh / Associated Press

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says the House impeachment inquiry will likely mean that action on other important bills, including the budget, will be delayed.

Irwin Gratz / Maine Public

Journalist Martin Smith is no stranger to Saudi Arabia or its key players. He had interviewed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and met with Jamal Khashoggi several times. After Khashoggi was killed a year ago, and the crown prince implicated in the act, Smith and the PBS program Frontline decided it was time to take a closer look at Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Smith will talk about all this Friday at Colby College.

Photos by J. Scott Applewhite and Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Maine’s two House members and two Senators are staking out different positions on the impeachment question.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

All four members of Maine’s congressional delegation voted in support of a continuing resolution last week that funds the federal government through Nov. 21. But the measure also it delays a lot of new initiatives.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Maine's congressional delegation is split on the decision by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to  launch a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

More and more schools in Maine are adding solar power to their renewable energy mix. The solar panel array that's just been installed on the roof of Mount Desert Island High School is the largest so far on a public high school in Maine, and will provide more than enough power to meet its demands. Student supporters of the project are hoping that others will be encouraged by its example.

Mary Schwalm

There's been a recent surge in Democratic presidential candidates visiting Maine, as New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker announced Tuesday that he'll campaign in Portland on Saturday. The flurry of campaign stops — three in a little over a week — illustrate a new electoral landscape for independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who dominated the Democratic caucuses in Maine in 2016. Sanders on Sunday drew a sellout crowd for a rally at the State Theatre in Portland, but his candidacy and his supporters are confronting a new political dynamic that the progressive firebrand from Vermont helped create.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg revved up a capacity crowd at the State Theatre in Portland Thursday, in the first of what's expected to be a series of visits from White House hopefuls to Maine.

Irwin Gratz / Maine Public

Marthe Cohn, now 99, is female and Jewish.  Her gender, and her religion, make her role as a World War II spy that much more incredible.

Matt Rourke / Associated Press/file

Maine is struggling to find enough workers to care for its aging population, especially in rural areas of the state.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Angry Maine lobstermen are telling federal fisheries managers they want definitive proof that their gear is entangling endangered North Atlantic right whales. Until then, they say, the feds should back off from proposed rules that could force them to modify their gear and remove half their rope from the water.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Thousands of kids across the state are in their final month of summer camp. The camp setting has often been viewed as a therapeutic experience that can teach kids social skills and teamwork and build self-esteem. But many camp administrators in Maine say they're seeing more kids with social and emotional issues, including anxiety and attention deficit disorders, and now camps are responding to those needs in a number of ways.

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