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Ask people in the construction industry about the problems they're facing, and one thing comes up more than just about any other:

“There's definitely a construction worker shortage in Maine,” says Meredith Kirkman.

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Leaders of Lewiston's immigrant community gathered outside City Hall Sunday morning to ask for peace and to express their condolences to the family of Donald Giusti, the Lewiston man who died after a brawl near Kennedy Park Tuesday night.  They say violence has no place in Lewiston and they condemn it "in the strongest possible terms." 

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By plane, you can travel the 173 miles of the Androscoggin River in about half an hour. By car, it would take about three hours. By canoe, you have to allow for about 13 days.

That’s how long it took Jen Deraspe. Deraspe launched in Errol, New Hampshire, an hour west of Rangeley, on June 2, and she completed her trek where the river meets the Atlantic in Topsham, Maine June 14. And Deraspe was on a mission.

“It is an inspired journey to see what could happen in the way of healing and restoring this river,” Deraspe said.

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Updated 2 p.m. Friday

The nation's first statewide ranked-choice voting count is underway in Augusta.

At stake is the winner of the seven-way Democratic gubernatorial primary, which did not produce a majority winner after Tuesday's initial count.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

North Berwick sports-seating manufacturer Hussey Seating is sounding alarms about the effect that President Donald Trump's steel tariffs are having on its bottom line – a concern Maine Senator Angus King says is widespread in the state and beyond.

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Preserving the Allagash Wilderness Waterway's logging history, while keeping the area wild, is one priority to come from a new report released Friday. 

The report was released by the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, which manages the area. 

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Maine 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree is co-sponsoring legislation that would prohibit the federal government from separating children from their parents at the country’s border.

“Basically it says there should be no separation and there should be a primary, you know, process of family reunification any time a child is separated,” Pingree says.

Pingree says she has heard from many Maine constituents who say they are outraged at the news that children are being separated from their parents when trying to enter the country.

Maine lawmakers will return to work next week for a special session to vote on a spending package and other bills that were left in limbo after adjournment.

Appearing Thursday on Maine Calling, Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon and Republican Senate President Mike Thibodeau told Mal Leary that most members want to return to the State House and get the work done.

It's Thursday, which means it’s time again for Across the Aisle, Maine Public’s foray into Maine Politics.

This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic legislator; Meredith Strang-Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing who served in Augusta as a Republican; and economist Dick Woodbury, who served in the legislature as an independent all spoke with Keith Shortall.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Across Maine, thousands of high school seniors are graduating and preparing for the next chapter in their lives. But for many, particularly students in rural Maine, the future is uncertain. Graduating seniors in the western Maine town of Rumford told Maine Public how they imagine their own futures, and whether that future might include returning to their hometown.

Central Maine Power (CMP) and utilities in Massachusetts are announcing the finalization of a contract for CMP to build a new transmission line through western Maine.

The 20-year contract would bring hydro-electricity from Canada to customers in Massachusetts. The proposal is controversial as it is in the area of the Kennebec River Gorge, where CMP wants to site the high-voltage, direct-current power lines. The 145-mile project still must win state permits in Maine and Massachusetts, and faces federal review as well.

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Maine deer hunters scored their highest annual harvest in a decade during last year's hunting season, and state wildlife regulators say those numbers support a proposal to increase the number of any-deer permits.

Mark Latti, spokesperson for the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said Thursday that last year's harvest of about 22,200 deer represented a 15 percent increase over 2016.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

It is only a few days past the June primary, but one independent candidate for the office of Governor has already launched a ten day TV ad campaign.

Alan Caron told reporters at the State House that with all the focus on party candidates in recent months, he wants to remind voters that there are other choices for Governor.

“The independents in this race have largely been in the shadows as a result of the structure we have in place that devotes all of these resources and energy to the primaries for the two parties,” said Caron.

All signs point to lawmakers returning to Augusta for a special session next week.

House Republican leader Ken Fredette says the GOP caucus supports getting back to work, now that the appropriations committee reached an agreement. Fredette says the agreement calls for any Medicaid expansion proposal to be handled separately.

On Maine Public's Maine Calling program Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon says members are being polled, and she expects legislators to agree to return next week.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Now that the June primary is over - sort of - we turn to Maine Public's two political correspondents, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary, for some analysis of the results.  They spoke with Maine Calling host Jennifer Rooks earlier about some of Tuesday night's surprises - including, says Mistler, the Republican gubernatorial primary in which Shawn Moody got the nomination.

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