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Included in the federal government's array of pandemic relief aid programs is an automatic pause – or forbearance – on federal student loans.

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Citing a spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Gov. Janet Mills announced Wednesday that she is postponing the reopening of indoor restaurant service in the state's three most populous counties.

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Beaches in the towns of Scarborough and Old Orchard Beach will be open for recreation Wednesday. That is a change from a walking-only rule the towns had put into place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Two more people with COVID-19 have died in Maine, bringing the total number of deaths to 81.

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The Maine Brewers' Guild, the trade association representing nearly every brewery in the state, is challenging the methodology that will allow restaurants to reopen June 1 but require bars and breweries to wait another month, even if they have ample outdoor seating for customers.

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Gov. Janet Mills announced Tuesday that her administration is prepared to quadruple the number of people who identify and help isolate people who have been exposed to the coronavirus through what is known as contact tracing.

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Traffic on the Maine Turnpike over the holiday weekend was a far cry from the usual Memorial Day onslaught that kicks off the state summer tourist season.

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The Mills administration has announced its plan to expand contact tracing to identify and isolate individuals who have been exposed to the coronavirus.

Jennifer Mitchell

Bare spots on store shelves serve as a reminder that this has not been an ordinary year. While there is plenty of meat being produced by farmers, they have had trouble getting their meat processed due to outbreaks of COVID-19 at processing plants.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported an increase of 19 cases of COVID-19 in the state.

The Maine Department of Corrections is confirming that two more prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham, bringing the number of prisoners who have tested positive at the facility to four.

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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has risen by 42 today in Maine.

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Gov. Janet Mills is allowing campgrounds to reopen this weekend , but some operators say they are not quite ready.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control Saturday reported two additional deaths connected to COVID-19. This brings the total number of deaths in the state to 77 since the new coronavirus was confirmed in Maine.

The CDC also reported 65 more cases of COVID-19 for a total of 2,013.

In the state 1,232 have recovered from the disease.

This post will be updated.

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A coalition of diverse groups is launching a major lobbying effort this weekend to get Congress to provide more funds to bolster election security and make it easier to vote.

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