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The Penobscot Nation is coming out in opposition to Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line through Maine’s western woods.

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The Maine Department of Marine Resources has identified Julie Dimperio Holowach, of New York City, as the victim of a shark attack near Bailey Island yesterday. She was pronounced dead after being helped to the shore following the attack.

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Maine is considering whether to ease its restrictions on large outdoor gatherings as the Maine Center for Disease Control reports two more deaths from COVID-19, and six more cases.

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In a new book, Maine author Nicholson Baker describes a nearly decade-long quest to learn about secret CIA activities in the years after World War II. The book's title is "Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act." Baker, who will be a guest on Tuesday's Maine Calling program spoke with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

PORTLAND, Maine - Police in Maine's largest city are investigating the death of a 76-year-old man who was killed when a car drove onto a baseball field and struck him in one Portland's most visited public spaces.

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Republican leaders in Augusta today called for an easing of restrictions on out-of-state visitors from Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and other changes they say are needed to salvage what’s left of the summer tourism season. But Democratic Gov. Janet Mills quickly blasted the proposal.

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Authorities confirmed Tuesday that a New York City woman was attacked and killed by a great white shark off the coast of Harpswell earlier this week. It’s the first recorded fatal shark attack in the state’s history.

Swimmer Dies After Likely Shark Attack Off The Coast Of Harpswell

Jul 27, 2020

PORTLAND, Maine — A woman has died from “what appeared to be a shark attack” while swimming in Mackerel Cove off Bailey Island near Harpswell, according to Marine Patrol.

Kayakers nearby brought her to shore near White Sales Lane, where EMS responders pronounced her dead, according to Jeff Nichols, spokesperson for Marine Patrol.

The identity of the swimmer is being withheld until family is notified.

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Advocates are urging state lawmakers to hold manufacturers of so-called “forever chemicals” accountable.

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The governor’s Economic Recovery Committee today told lawmakers that the state will need to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to recover from the effects of the pandemic, and even then it will take several years.

Maine forestry officials say the source of a May wildfire that consumed 45 acres in Baxter State Park remains undetermined, but it was not caused by lightning.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting 18 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths. That brings the number of cases diagnosed among Mainers since the pandemic's onset to 3,832, while the death tally remains at 119.

 

A total of 3,292 of those infected with the virus have recovered. That leaves 421 active cases that the state is currently tracking.

 

Most of the new cases were reported in Cumberland, York and Androscoggin counties.

 

Maine Public digital producer Barbara Cariiddi contributed to this story.

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The coast of Maine is home to a number of whales. Humpback, minkee and pilot whales are a familiar sight. Less common, however, is the beaked whale. Yet, just in the last few weeks, two beaked whales - a Blainville's beaked whale, which had never been seen here before, and a Sowerby's beaked whale - stranded and died on beaches in York and Phippsburg. Maine Public's Jennifer Mitchell spoke with Linda Doughty, director of Marine Mammals of Maine, about what's known about the unusual strandings at this point.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control has reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

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At the end of this week, millions of Americans who are out of work because of the pandemic will lose the $600 a week enhanced unemployment payment and other provisions of the CARES Act passed in March. Maine's two U.S. senators are calling for another stimulus package.

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