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Gov. Janet Mills announced on Friday a phased-in easing of restrictions on gatherings and travel, as Maine continues to increase its COVID-19 vaccination rate and reports fewer cases and deaths.

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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.

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U.S. Rep. Jared Golden of Maine’s 2nd District today wrote a letter to the Biden administration calling for a review of a so-called “presidential permit” issued for Central Maine Power’s controversial power line project.

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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.

A coalition of low-income advocates and service providers is calling for an increase in taxes on wealthy Mainers and large corporations to fund what they say are needed investments in the social services.

People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — which comes two weeks after receiving the final dose — can gather without masks, says Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah.

Gregory Rec / Pool/Portland Press Herald

Several new options for getting the COVID-19 vaccine are opening up in Maine this week.

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Fifty mental health professionals have sent a letter to the Maine attorney general’s office citing concerns about how long it takes to become licensed, saying applications often take months to be processed. And as the would-be providers wait, so too must their clients, at a time when the demand for mental health services is surging due to the pandemic.

After nearly a decade of trying, Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District has succeeded in getting the U.S. House to agree to add the York River to the National Park Service’s Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

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Republican state Sen. Marianne Moore of Calais is calling for a legislative probe of how the Maine Wild Blueberry Commission is spending its marketing money.

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Eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine in Maine will now be based on age.

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Secretary of State Shenna Bellows is telling Congress Maine’s electoral process increases voter participation — especially among people with limited access.

The U.S. formally rejoined the Paris Climate Accord last week, and the Biden administration is now preparing new carbon-dioxide reduction goals.

Heather McGhee is an author and speaker who says that racially discriminatory laws and practices negatively impact everyone. And she’s got some economic data to back that up.

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Two years ago, Maine became one of the first states in the country to ban single-use plastic bags. Considered a victory for the environment, the law was supposed to take effect Jan. 1, but was delayed until July 1 because of the pandemic. Now, some lawmakers want to repeal it.