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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 Real Estate and Development Association holds an annual “look-ahead” conference on Thursday. It’ll be online, of course.

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Maine is a geographically large state with a widely dispersed population. It’s a challenging place to cover comprehensively.

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The new coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on several industries around Maine in the past year. But there is at least one company that has stepped up to answer the call for needed products. And as a result, it has won a Best in Business Award from Inc. Magazine.

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Bishop Robert Deeley of the Diocese of Portland has said that people should receive the new coronavirus vaccine as a means of keeping each other safe when it becomes available.

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The new Maine Legislature convened this week and formally elected their leaders.

One of them, House Minority Leader Kathleen Dillingham, spoke with Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz about her party’s priorities.

This interview has been edited for clarity.

Gratz: You’re a veteran lawmaker, so I’m curious what it was like meeting this week on the floor of the Augusta Civic Center.

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The Maine Climate Council has voted to adopt recommendations for the state’s Climate Action Plan. The document is meant to guide the state toward reaching its climate and carbon goals.

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A Maine brewery putting its skills towards supporting racial equity and justice in the state.

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The 2020 election, by many accounts, was supposed to be a reckoning for Republicans in the U.S. Senate. But it didn’t turn out that way. One reason for that is the victory of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, which might help her party retain its majority and offer her a chance to repair her own image as a centrist.

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The long and wildly expensive Maine U.S. Senate race is drawing to a close. But after more than $100 million spent, a blizzard of nonstop ads and a campaign made unconventional by the pandemic, the contest could hinge on whether a majority of Maine voters believe Republican Sen. Susan Collins has changed during the presidency of Donald Trump. That’s the argument made by Democratic challenger Sara Gideon, who is within striking distance of knocking off the only Republican member of Congress in New England.

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A new poll from Colby College indicates that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is improving his numbers in Maine, while the U.S. Senate race is as close as ever.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

A little more than a year ago, Sara Gideon was someone known mostly in the insular political circles of the Maine Legislature. Today, the Democratic Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives is within striking distance of unseating Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.

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Maine’s retail marijuana market will finally open Friday. But some retailers are saying the celebrations might be a little muted.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Over the course of nearly three decades, Republican Sen. Susan Collins has crafted a centrist brand that once made her one of the most popular politicians in the country.

You might not know it from the barrage of political advertisements on TV, but there are actually four candidates in the U.S. Senate race in Maine, not two. Independent Lisa Savage, overshadowed by Susan Collins and Sara Gideon, is an activist-turned-politician who’s banking on a progressive agenda and ranked-choice voting to elevate her chances as an independent Green.

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Planners and downtown organizations in Maine's three largest cities are preparing for the big changes that will come from the economic fallout of the ongoing pandemic.