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Here's what we're covering: President Trump got rid of his campaign adviser, health experts are looking into who would be hurt most from climate change, and kids in one state are getting more help dealing with trauma.

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Public News Service - ME: Social Justice

Vice President Mike Pence is expressing certainty that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed, but progressives in Maine aren't so sure. (Ken Hammond/Wikimedia)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Vice President Mike Pence over the weekend warned Democrats not to block President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, at one point calling Judge Neil Gorsuch, "one of the most mainstream, accepted and exceptionally qualified nominees in history.” But advocates for women, the LGBT

There was cause for celebration for supporters of Question 4, as the state minimum wage jumped to $9 an hour over the weekend. (Maine AFL-CIO)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine joined Arizona, Colorado and Washington state over the weekend in boosting its state minimum wage after successful ballot initiatives. In Maine, the minimum wage jumped to $9 an hour starting on Saturday, and will increase each year by $1 per hour until it reaches $12

Maine Gov. Paul LePage is drawing fire for his comments calling for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump to show the country

PORTLAND, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage is drawing plenty of fire this week for his latest comments, saying the nation "needs Donald Trump to show the country some authoritarian power." The comments embracing Trump's tough talk came during an interview on a conservative talk program on WVOM radio. Mike

Local union and social-justice advocates say important questions linger about Gov. Paul LePage's plan to use a private contractor to administer a Maine job-training program. (MSEA)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has said he doesn't understand all the hoopla, but questions remain about his plan to contract with an out-of-state company to administer part of the state's welfare program. According to Maine State Employees Association President Ramona Welton, Gov. LePage

Gov. Paul LePage says he needs more time before he can reveal the contents of a mugshot book he claims to keep on drug dealers in Maine. ((Matt Gagnon/Wikipedia)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Some Maine lawmakers are a little bit puzzled over why Gov. Paul LePage would need more time to reveal the contents of his "mugshot book.” The governor's response to a Freedom of Access Act request left Mainers in the dark about the contents of a binder LePage has said

Gov. Paul LePage has until the end of the day today to comply with a request under Maine's Freedom of Access Act to reveal the contents of a binder he says he maintains containing mugshots of drug dealers. (Office of Gov. LePage)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Embattled Gov. Paul LePage faces a Sept. 1 deadline to respond to a Freedom of Access Act request to reveal the contents of a binder he says he keeps on drug dealers. LePage said the binder proves that “90 percent of Maine's drug problem" is caused by people of color c

Competing minimum-wage proposals have been vying for position, but supporters of raising Maine's minimum wage to $9 by 2017 say they have the votes to get it onto the November ballot. (Mainers for Fair Wages)

AUGUSTA, Maine - It would raise the minimum wage in Maine to $9 an hour by 2017, and supporters of the ballot initiative now say they are optimistic voters will have their say in November. Opponents of the measure attempted to send it to a dead end in committee last week, but Matt Schlobohm, execu

PHOTO: A new National Priorities Project analysis finds the Obama budget does a better job than House and Senate proposals to fund programs Americans say they most care about in recent polls. Credit: White House Photo.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A new analysis sizes-up proposed national budgets from the House, Senate and Obama administration, and examines what those competing budgets mean for Maine and the nation. Lindsay Koshgarian is the research director for the New England-based National Priorities Project. She says t

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