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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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The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is trying to improve transparency about enforcement actions it takes to ensure the safety and welfare of children attending licensed child care facilities in Maine, but reporting by Maine Public shows that it has fallen short of its own goals in at least one case, while advocates say it is still too difficult for parents to research a facility’s quality and history.

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Portland officials are currently working to accommodate an influx of more than 200 asylum seekers to the area.  The sudden arrival of new immigrants prompts the question, "Why is this happening now?"

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The Portland City Council has chosen a site in Riverton - on the city's outskirts - for a new homeless shelter. The location will be a 150-bed replacement for Portland's over-flowing Oxford Street shelter.

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A juvenile defense attorney says Long Creek Youth Development Center is holding a 13-year-old boy unlawfully. Defense Attorney Sarah Branch argued in court Thursday that her client should no longer be held at the institution.

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A survivor of a 2018 Florida school shooting encouraged students in Portland Tuesday to engage in the political process and make their voices hear at the state and local levels.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

More than 100 Downeast lobstermen turned out in Trenton Tuesday night for a meeting with the state’s top marine resources official to weigh in on gear and other changes that will be imposed within two years to reduce the risk that endangered North Atlantic right whales will be entangled.

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Over the winter, Maine Public’s Ed Morin has been watching a building go up across the way from our Portland studios. It turns out that the building is the new home of Indigo Arts Alliance, a new arts non-profit that aims to improve the visibility of Maine's artists of color, while connecting them with a national arts community. Ed headed over to the brand new and booming space to speak with founders Marcia and Daniel Minter about how conversations with friends over decades led to this project.

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Erin French's famed restaurant, The Lost Kitchen, in Freedom, will open for the new season in a matter of days.  Since opening in 2014 the 40-seat restaurant at the site of an old mill has become so popular that French conducts a mail-in lottery for reservations. This year's is already over. She received 20,000 post cards.  Only 1,000 will be chosen.  French came by Maine Public's Portland studios recently for a chat with Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

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Maine’s newest national park, the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, was the subject of much debate before it was declared by former President Barack Obama. It survived a challenge from former Gov. Paul LePage, who tried to get the Trump administration to reverse the designation.

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The new animated movie "Missing Link" opens nationally and in Maine today. It tells the tale of a big foot-like character trying to find missing relatives. The film features the voices of Hollywood stars like Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, and Zach Galifianakis. But one of the films animators, Adam Fisher, is originally from Maine and recently left the West Coast to teach animation at the Maine College of Art.  Fisher spoke with Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz about the film and his work.

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A handful of measures that supporters hope could sink Central Maine Power's proposed 145-mile transmission line through western Maine were up for public hearing in Augusta Wednesday. Legislative action comes just as state energy regulators prepare to rule on a key permit for the project.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Staff at the Maine Public Utilities Commission last night recommended approval of Central Maine Power’s proposal to build a 145-mile transmission line through western Maine.

It’s not a final decision, but, nonetheless, a boost for the project and a blow to its opponents. Maine Public’s Fred Bever joined Jennifer Mitchell on Morning Edition for a first look at the latest development around the controversial plan.

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The heated debate over use of Native American names, symbols and images moved from the Skowhegan School Board to the Maine State House Monday, where lawmakers are now considering a bill to ban the use of Native American mascots in public schools.

Matt Rourke / Associated Press/file

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.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

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.