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Why Some Maine Schools Are Staying Remote This Fall

So far, many schools in Maine say they’ve been pleased as they’ve welcomed students back into the classroom this fall. But COVID-19 risks still exist in and outside of school: in just the past week, positive cases prompted schools in Harpswell, Sanford and Dixfield to close their doors for at least a few weeks.

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Maine Public Deep Dive

Join Maine Public as we continue Deep Dive: Coronavirus, conversations with our news team that trace the outbreak in our state from its source through the present and ahead to the future.

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Maine's tally of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic hit the state rose overnight by another 40, to a total of 5,146. The death toll remained unchanged at 140.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine plans to make about $95 million in coronavirus pandemic recovery grants available to businesses and nonprofit organizations in the state.

An inmate at the York County Jail has died and it's unclear whether the death is related to an outbreak of COVID-19 there.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Florida Attorney General's office has announced that it won't appeal a court decision blocking video that allegedly shows Patriots owner Robert Kraft paying for sex at a massage parlor.

Rarely in American history has the death of anyone other than a sitting president unleashed so much political anxiety as the passing of U.S. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

With all the grief her death caused for millions — and all the respectful tributes that poured in, even from adversaries — fundraising appeals were popping up on Twitter the same night keyed to the politics of her replacement.

Environment Canada is warning residents of Atlantic Canada to be wary of a one-two punch from hurricane Teddy.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared Aroostook County a Drought Disaster Area. That makes farm operators in Aroostook and its 4 contiguous counties eligible for low-interest emergency loans and other programs.

Updated at 5:01 p.m. ET

In what is set to be one of the largest ever acquisitions in the video game industry, Microsoft announced Monday that it has reached a deal to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of popular video game publisher Bethesda Softworks, for $7.5 billion.

Updated at 7:58 p.m. ET

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated his plans to move forward on President Trump's nominee to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

"The Senate will vote on this nomination this year," McConnell, R-Ky., said Monday on the Senate floor. He didn't say whether the vote would come before the election, or in a lame duck-session of Congress that occurs after the November election and before the start of a new session in 2021.

Updated at 6:03 p.m. ET

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted guidance Friday evening saying that aerosol transmission might be one of the "most common" ways the coronavirus is spreading — and then took the guidance down on Monday.

The now-deleted updates were notable because so far the CDC has stopped short of saying that the virus is airborne.

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What Mainers Need To Know About The Coronavirus

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Immigrants in Elected Office

Tuesday—A growing number of immigrants have been elected to office in Maine. What are their backgrounds and goals—and how do they view the increasing role of immigrants in Maine?