MaineHealth, the parent company of Maine Medical Center, is forming a new center dedicated to improving acute care in rural areas.

The new Center of Biomedical Research Excellence is being made possible by a nearly $13 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The new center will also conduct clinical research into cardiac care and the use of telemedicine to treat newborns.

Maine Medical Center’s Chief Academic Officer Dr. Doug Sawyer says the results of the research could be of use beyond the state’s borders.

Two years ago, lawmakers provided $5 million for distribution to organizations that work with victims of domestic violence. The proposed state budget this year does not include a similar appropriation, and that omission came under fire at a budget hearing before the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee.

The number of Mainers filing for state unemployment insurance benefits has fallen for a sixth straight week. The Maine Department of Labor on Thursday reported 2,025 people filed first-time claims, down from 2,158 the week before.

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The University of Maine has unveiled a $110 million plan to update athletics facilities across its Orono campus.

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A pair of private investment firms will soon buy Poland Spring and several other North American bottled water companies in a $4.3 billion deal with Swiss food giant Nestlé, the companies announced this week. The transfer is expected to happen this spring. 

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The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has ordered the provincial government to reveal how much it’s paying in management fees to run a ferry to Bar Harbor. Bay Ferries Limited, which operates the ferry service, is facing its third straight year with no sailings.

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When the pandemic closed schools last spring, school nutrition departments swung into action. In only a few days, many opened meal distribution sites and began sending meals to students’ homes.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control has identified 104 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Dr. Bernard Lown, a Lithuanian-born Nobel Peace Prize recipient, cardiologist and inventor who attended school in Maine, has died at the age of 99.

Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey has issued an advisory to health care providers involved in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, warning them not to give the shots to anyone who is “ineligible.”

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Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine says it’s looking increasingly unlikely a major compromise on pandemic relief will happen.

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Maine water rights activists are concerned about the potential sale of the Poland Spring bottled water company to a private equity firm.

State officials have secured more than 250,000 rapid COVID-19 tests that will be prioritized for schools to help them stay open.

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PORTLAND, Maine — The chair of the Maine Republican Party says there will be a meeting soon to discuss Sen. Susan Collins’ impeachment vote.

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Maine has discovered its second case of the more contagious coronavirus variant in a person from York County who recently traveled inside the United States.