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U.S. Republican Sen. Susan Collins was joined by colleagues from both parties in introducing legislation that would provide $500 billion in aid to states and municipalities.

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As Maine’s food pantries struggle to keep up with increased demand, hunger relief organizations around the country are calling for long-term changes to minimize the kinds of supply-chain issues that hit supermarkets hard early on in the pandemic.

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Maine has now had 1,819 positive diagnoses of COVID-19, an increase of 78 cases since Tuesday and the largest one-day surge since the pandemic began.

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U.S. independent Sen. Angus King held a telephone town meeting Tuesday to take questions about the government response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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April has always been a key month for state revenues. It’s been the month when people who owe income taxes have to pay or face penalties and interest, so most write that check and pay the taxes they owe. But like so many things this year the coronavirus pandemic has changed that.

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The Maine Department of Corrections has confirmed that a prisoner at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham has tested positive for COVID-19.  This is the first positive diagnosis of a Maine prisoner.

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State officials say they will provide lodging operators more guidance on how quarantine rules for travelers to Maine will be enforced. Meantime, there is some confusion about whether nonessential travelers from out of state can stay at hotels or other lodgings here in June.

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Before the pandemic turned the world upside down, more than 13% of Maine households struggled with food insecurity — the highest rate of hunger in New England and the 12th highest in the country. But with so many people out of work, that number is projected to grow to 18 percent.

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Gov. Janet Mills has revised the plan to reopen the state’s economy by accelerating the opening of certain businesses and delaying others.

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Maine dentists can now reopen their practices.

Portland will close several streets to try and help small businesses and restaurants reopen while maintaining social distancing guidelines.

Todd Eaton

Ninety-seven percent of businesses in Maine have fewer than 20 employees, according to the Small Business Administration. Many operate on tight margins, even during good economic times. But now, as the pandemic and its effects linger, some of those small businesses are now being forced to shut their doors for good.

More than 80 Maine small business owners in southern Maine are calling for the governor to continue enforcing a 14-day quarantine for people entering the state.

ORONO, Maine - The coronavirus pandemic has been especially hard on farmers, and the University of Maine is taking steps to help food producers manage stress.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension said it is offering free online farm coaching and help with stress management and communication. The extension said it is also offering help with problem-solving on the farm and within families.

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Restaurants in 12 of Maine’s 16 counties may reopen to dine-in service Monday, but must take certain health precautions to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

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