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Teachers and school staff members in Maine are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine following a directive from President Joe Biden this week.

The pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in Maine is slipping.

St. Mary’s Regional Health Center in Lewiston says it’s working to set up clinics next weekend to vaccinate educators in Androscoggin County.

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ROCKLAND, Maine ― Some leaders in the midcoast are relieved that Summit Natural Gas has canceled its plans to expand service to the region and are hopeful that conversations around renewable energy opportunities continue.

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The South African COVID-19 variant has been detected in Maine.

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Maine’s representatives in the U.S. House split their vote on a landmark police reform bill on Wednesday.

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, along with Democrat Maria Cantwell of Washington, has introduced a proposal to promote the use of native plants on federal lands.

The Maine chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and state immigrants rights groups are suing federal authorities for more information about detainees held at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, including whether they are at a heightened risk of spreading COVID-19.

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More than 36,000 school staff and 16,000 child care providers in Maine are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King has been named chair of the subcommittee on National Parks, which also oversees national monuments like the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in northern Maine.

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Wednesday is the first day that people 60 and older in Maine are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. And many are receiving doses at the Cross Insurance Center clinic in Bangor, says Dr. James Jarvis of Northern Light Health.

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A bill that would ban the aerial spraying of glyphosate and other toxic herbicides used by the forest products industry is getting strong support from environmental and health groups, organic farmers and guides familiar with the North Woods.

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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says she will vote to confirm Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico to be secretary of the Department of Interior. Haaland would be the first Native American to serve in a cabinet-level position.

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Summit Natural Gas has abruptly reversed its plans to expand along the Midcoast after the $90 million project was opposed by some residents, lawmakers and environmental activists. 

The U.S. House is expected to take up sweeping election reform legislation, HR 1, later this week. Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden of Maine’s 2nd District is joining election reform advocates in calling for its passage.