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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 central goal of any political campaign is to identify voters that are likely to support you, and motivate them. While campaign expenditures are still mostly dedicated toward broadcast media, print ads and mailings, the use of social media to target voters is starting to catch on in state campaigns.

Say you’re surfing the internet and land on a post about the race for governor — you read a few lines, then move on to funny cat videos. But then you notice the ad feed on your browser features a candidate for governor. Welcome to the world of data mining for campaigns.

Craig Olson is one of three Democrats vying to challenge Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin.

Olson runs an Islesboro bookstore and manages the Islesboro Transfer Station. He served for three years on the town Board of Selectmen, chairing the panel for a year. Prior to that he was the CEO of Kelmscott Rare Breeds Foundation in Lincolnville, a working farm and educational center.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Diane Russell, a former Portland legislator, is one of seven Democrats hoping to secure her party’s nomination.

Russell served the maximum allowed four terms in the Maine House of Representatives, from 2008 to 2016. She then ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Maine Senate.

Russell works as a public relations consultant. She earned a bachelor’s at the University of Southern Maine.

Russell told Maine Public’s Patty Wight what sets her apart from the other candidates.

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Campaign ads are finally filling the airwaves, especially in the top-of-the-ticket primaries for governor, Congress and Maine's 2nd District.  Brenda Garrand and Sam Surprise are back to comment on what they see and hear.  Garrand is the owner of Garrand Mohlenkamp, Surprise runs Surprise Advertising. Garrand is also on Maine Public's board of trustees.  They gathered in our Portland studios with Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

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The John T. Gorman Foundation says Maine should do a better job of helping at-risk teens complete the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

In a report released Tuesday, the foundation recommends creating a “comprehensive, coordinated, flexible and youth-centered continuing of care,” for teens at risk due to poverty, homelessness, or who have already done something to place them in the juvenile justice system.

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Eleven candidates are vying for the major party gubernatorial nominations. Four more are running for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District. But those numbers have yet to lead to saturation broadcast advertising.

“Morning Edition” host Irwin Gratz talks with Sam Surprise of Surprise Advertising and Brenda Garrand, a founder of Garrand Mohlenkamp. Both have years of experience in crafting political advertising and devising ad strategies.

For disclosure, Brenda Garrand is a board member of Maine Public.

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Whether Maine will join the handful of states with a functioning market for recreational marijuana could be determined Wednesday when lawmakers vote on a bill vetoed by Gov. Paul LePage. 

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press File

If you’ve ever read a story in the news about elver fishing season, you’ve probably seen some variation of this line: “Maine’s the only state in the U.S. with a significant fishery for elvers.”

Maybe you thought that’s because elvers don’t exist in large numbers outside of Maine — that would be a reasonable assumption. But the real reason is somewhat more complicated.

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Updated 9:40 a.m.  Sunday

After a nearly four-day manhunt, police have captured John Williams, the suspect in the fatal shooting death of 62-year-old Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy, Cpl. Eugene Cole.

Kevin Bennett / For Maine Public

The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service have joined state and local law enforcement in the intense search for the suspect in the fatal shooting of Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Cole early Wednesday morning.

Maine Arts Commission

A student at Portland's Deering High School has filed a lawsuit against the National Endowment for the Arts over its decision to ban him from competing in a national poetry competition because of his status as an asylum seeker.

Deering High School Junior Allan Monga recited three poems in last month's state Poetry Out Loud competition. This one, "The Song of the Smoke" first published by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1907, is an affirmation of black pride.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public/file

Maine's transition to "proficiency-based" high school diplomas is under increasing scrutiny from parents, educators - and now, lawmakers.  The state Department of Education is proposing a bill that it says would repeal pieces of the law and grant more flexibility to local districts. 

Courtesy Kelly McDonald

Maine's tourist-related business people will gather in Augusta Wednesday for the state's annual tourism conference.  They'll hear from advertising and marketing specialist Kelly McDonald.  In an interview earlier this week from Denver, Colorado, McDonald told Maine Public Radio's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz that the factors that attract tourists these days go far beyond a comfortable bed and a good meal.  McDonald's talk is titled, "Crafting the Customer Experience for People Not Like You."

The lead Democrat on the Legislature's Energy Committee says he and other lawmakers might intervene if the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approves a $1.2 million subsidy for Stored Solar LLC.

Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

Maine’s two U.S. senators have said security officials aren’t giving adequate attention to attempts by Russia and other nations to influence elections. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King expressed those concerns during an unusual open meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday.

King said he spent an hour reading the still-classified Senate Intelligence Committee report on efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. He said the findings, which he would not detail publicly, are “horrifying.”