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Striking union workers at Bath Iron Works are awaiting the outcome of the company's meeting with a federal mediator, as the strike enters its 16th day.

Steven Marson had more than 100 contracts for public fireworks displays, the majority of them scheduled for this weekend, before the pandemic hit Maine and prompted cancellations. Now he has eight.

Marson, who runs Central Maine Pyrotechnics, says the steep decline in business has cost him about $1 million so far.

"I could be out of business if this continues into 2021 because I don't have the means to keep going when you have not revenue coming in," he says.

Marson's not alone.

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The pandemic is prompting municipalities throughout the state to cancel their traditional July Fourth fireworks displays, and that's having a significant effects on the pyrotechnic industry.

Scattered showers that spread across Maine overnight helped relieve drought conditions in some areas, but not all, weather forecasters say.

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Much of Maine is experiencing an unprecedented early summer drought, according to the National Weather Service.

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Workers with Bath Iron Works (BIW) largest union walked off the job early Monday morning, just one minute after its current contract with the company expired at midnight on Sunday.

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During the first wave of protests in Portland over the death of George Floyd, three local artists painted a memorial mural for Floyd and other victims of police violence on the brick wall of a downtown building.

In his own words, muralist Ryan Adams talks about what he hopes the image will convey, and about what it is like to be an artist of color in Maine:

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A group of Black musicians and performers will gather virtually Friday for a Juneteenth celebration in Portland commemorating the end of slavery.

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For almost two weeks, protests have taken place in communities all over the state of Maine as part of a national outcry over the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

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Protests in Portland against police brutality continued Wednesday. But this time, the event was peaceful and city councilors and the mayor stood — then kneeled — with the protesters.

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Chanting "I can't breathe," an estimated 1,000 demonstrators gathered Monday near the Portland Police Department and staged a "die-in" to protest the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, while hundreds more protested in Bangor and elsewhere in Maine.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills says elections are more important than ever now that a pandemic threatens the state's economy and habits. Mills spoke Sunday at a "virtual rally" held by Maine Democrats.

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Hundreds of Mainers protested the death of George Floyd on Friday. Floyd, a black man from Minnesota, died while in police custody Monday, and his home state has since been embroiled in rioting.

Maine’s Secretary of State will reopen the Department of Motor Vehicles offices for in-person service on June 1, by appointment.

The Gorham-based manufacturer Flowfold has landed a state contract to produce 500,000 medical face shields.

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