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The state is advising that schools across Maine can consider reopening their classrooms this fall if they follow certain guidelines. The state unveiled its new advisory system for schools, and it has classified all 16 counties as "green," suggesting there is relatively low risk of COVID-19 spread. But those classifications don't mean that all schools will reopen, and many still face lots of challenges before they can bring kids back to class.

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The National Weather Service in Caribou has issued a hazardous weather outlook for much of Maine in anticipation of Hurricane Isaias’ arrival next week.

Maine Tribes And Janet Mills Struggle To Compromise On Sweeping Sovereignty Measure

Aug 1, 2020
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The fate of a complicated tribal sovereignty proposal looked grim on Friday, when frustrated tribal leaders reported only scant agreement with Maine Gov. Janet Mills on the measure and no guarantee lawmakers will return in 2020 to vote on it.

Robert F. Bukaty

The Maine Center for Disease Control Saturday is reporting 3,937 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 25 cases since Friday. 

Gunshots Fired Outside Portland City Hall As Protest Over Homelessness Continues

Aug 1, 2020
Maine Housing Coalition

Gunshots were fired about 5 a.m. Saturday morning in the area of Portland City Hall, but no one was injured, according to police.

Harness racing will soon return to Bangor's Hollywood Casino Raceway after a pandemic-related hiatus.

Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey has filed a civil rights complaint against a Portland man for allegedly threatening and using violence against a lesbian woman in the Northgate Shopping Center in Portland July 3.

Marine Patrol

Following a confirmed sighting of a great white shark Friday near the site of Monday’s fatal attack, along with two unconfirmed sightings along the coast Thursday, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) continues to urge people recreating in and around Maine coastal waters to use caution.

Mount Desert Island Hospital says there are cases of COVID-19 in its community that are not reflected in state data.

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Both of Maine’s U.S. Senators are casting doubt on the prospects of Congress reaching a speedy agreement on an economic stimulus package, even after benefit programs for unemployed workers and struggling businesses expire.

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The supermarket chain Hannaford says it's once again allowing customers to bring reusable bags. 

 

Earlier this week, several environmental organizations said that Hannaford was one of a few holdouts following the state's decision to lift restrictions on the bags back on July 16.

 

But in a written statement Friday, a Hannaford spokesperson says that reusable bags are permitted, but customers must bag their own groceries unless the bag is new.

 

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In a tweet early Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump suggested delaying the November elections because of the coronavirus pandemic. Maine’s senators sharply criticized the suggestion.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Another person has died as the number of COVID-19 cases logged in Maine since the pandemic's onset grew overnight to 3,912, twenty-four more than Thursday.  The death toll now stands at 123.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills said her administration is expanding its coronavirus rental assistance program, as the pandemic continues to take a toll on Mainers' financial health and another federal relief package remains stalled.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control is investigating a second outbreak of COVID-19 within Maine's wild blueberry industry.

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