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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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For the past eight years, Gov. Paul LePage has been the gravitational center of Maine politics, pulling traditionally staid disputes over state policy into an orbit of bellicosity, and defying long established standards of behavior for elected officials. He was, as he has said, “Trump before there was Trump.”

Tom Porter / Maine Public/file

Under the threat of a citizen referendum that could shut down nonmarine-related development on Portland’s waterfront for decades, the city council has unanimously approved a 6-month moratorium on development in the zone.

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The University of Maine football team is having a very good season. The Black Bears are in Utah, where they'll play Weber State in a quarterfinal playoff game tonight. Irwin Gratz sat down with Bangor Daily News reporter Larry Mahoney to talk about this Black Bear team and its successes.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

The school board representing MSAD 54 narrowly approved a motion Thursday night to hold a public forum in January to consider ending the use of Skowhegan High School's Indians mascot.

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Maine Public’s senior political correspondent Mal Leary joined Irwin Grazt on Morning Edition. He was up late following everything from the Governor’s race to local legislative contests, and they took stock of the election results so far.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

  Updated 8:33 a.m. Nov. 7, 2018

U.S. Senator Angus King is on track to represent Maine in Washington for a second term, according to the latest results from yesterday's election. With 69 percent of the vote tallied, King, an independent, holds a lead of 54 percent to Republican challenger Eric Brakey's 36 percent, followed by Democrat Zak Ringelstein, with 10 percent.

Democrat Chellie Pingree has declared victory in Maine's First District congressional race. Pingree fended off challengers from both the political right and center to earn a sixth term in what has become a strong Democratic district.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Maine voters have rejected a proposal to create a universal home care program, 63 percent to 37 percent. The proposal would have provided free, in-home care to seniors over age 65 and people with disabilities by charging a tax on higher earning households. Opponents argued that the proposal and its funding mechanism were flawed, but supporters vow to continue the battle to bring universal home care to Maine. 

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One of the most closely watched races in the country is still being watched. That's because Maine's 2nd Congressional District is still up for grabs between incumbent Republican Bruce Poliquin, who is seeking a third term, and Democrat Jared Golden of Lewiston.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Updated 9:53 a.m. Nov. 7, 2018

Democrat Janet Mills will become the first woman elected governor of Maine, according to preliminary results.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

The owner of a Dunkin' Donuts in Portland, Maine has apologized to a Somali woman and her family and says he will offer training to his staff after an incident at a drive-thru earlier this week. The woman was refused service and issued a "no trespass notice" for a year.  That notice is now being dropped.

Maine Public staff

The issue of government transparency became a flashpoint in Wednesday's televised gubernatorial forum in Augusta. And the focus turned to the candidates' tax returns.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

The state Public Utilities Commission held its third and final public witness hearing Wednesday night on Central Maine Power's proposed 145-mile transmission line through western Maine. Opponents outnumbered supporters and the two camps held widely divergent views on whether the project would hurt
or help Maine's economy and environment.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

This week we’re taking a deep dive into aquaculture and its potential to add real value to the state’s coastal economies. In “Aquaculture’s Next Wave” we will meet the innovators who are trying to take seafood farming to a new level in Maine.

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Update September 28, 2018 4:22 p.m.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has said it will recommend a supplemental FBI background investigation into Justice Kavanaugh, and Senate Republican leaders have agreed to delay a confirmation vote. Sen. Collins tweeted that she supports this decision.