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Eleven more people have died from COVID-19. That brings the pandemic death toll in the state to 530.

Campobello Whale Rescue

Federal regulators last night detailed proposed new rules for Maine lobstermen and other commercial fishermen whose gear and trap rope poses a risk to endangered North Atlantic right whales.

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The Hampden waste facility that shut down last spring after just six months of commercial operations could soon reopen under the management of a Pennsylvania company that works to convert trash to electricity. 

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As the state enters the next phase of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, public health officials have determined that thousands of doses of recently arrived Moderna vaccine cannot be used due to a temperature problem somewhere along the supply chain.

Seven years after it closed, the Portland chapter of the Maine NAACP is on the way to reopening.

Speaking at the Maine NAACP’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day events on Monday, state Rep. and former Portland chapter President Rachel Talbot Ross talked about the importance of the organization in Maine.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated what advocates say was already a crisis shortage of long-term care workers in Maine. That has left more older adults without the medical support they need to age at home.

Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

The COVID-19 pandemic, as well as continued efforts to fight racial injustice and police brutality, were central themes of virtual events commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Maine.

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COVID-19 vaccinations for people 70 and older are underway in Maine, marking the beginning stages of Phase 1B of the state’s vaccination plan. But demand for vaccines is far outstripping the state’s supply.

MaineHealth began taking appointments for people 70 and older this week, and Chief Health Improvement Officer, Dr. Dora Mills, says their call center was flooded with requests. On Monday, she says, 18,000 people tried to get a slot.

“Actually, I understand we had about 70,000 calls,” she says, “but they were from about 18,000 people.”

As part of his $1.9 trillion-dollar pandemic relief package, President-elect Joe Biden wants the federal minimum wage to more than double, from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Three more Mainers have died with COVID-19 and 317 cases were added to the state's total on Monday.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Four more people have died with COVID-19, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Thirty more COVID-19 deaths have been added by the Maine CDC on Saturday.

Saying she is acting out of an abundance of caution, Maine Gov. Janet Mills has activated the Maine National Guard to provide backup to police agencies should they be needed at expected protests at the state Capitol in Augusta.

David Goldman / Associated Press file

Maine’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout will continue as planned despite news Friday that the Trump administration does not have a backup supply of doses to boost state allocations as expected.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says even though she witnessed the insurrection at the Capitol that was provoked by President Donald Trump, she is not ready to decide how she will vote at the impeachment trial.

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