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As Maine restaurants began to reopen Monday — with a lot of caveats — Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced that state is dropping its system of prioritizing tests for COVID-19, and will now allow health care providers to order testing for anyone suspected of having the disease.

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A small group of protestors, some with beach chairs and “Don't Tread on Me” flags, gathered near the Old Orchard Beach pier Sunday to protest a town policy that prohibits sunbathing and sitting on the beach. Walking and swimming on the beach are allowed.

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Many workers in Maine’s hospitality industry continue to face an uncertain future, even as the state begins to gradually reopen for the summer.

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Members of Congress traditionally celebrate Memorial Day by taking a week off, but Maine's two Senators say with the need for COVID-19 relief legislation, that should not be the case this year.

Gov. Janet Mills has relaxed restrictions for restaurants in 12 Maine counties starting May 18, and they will be allowed to reopen to diners as long as they follow certain guidelines. In the four other counties, restaurants are still weighing their options.

We find out what owners are planning to do, and whether customers are ready to return. We also discuss some of the creative solutions restaurants have come up with so far to keep afloat, and those who've opted to close their doors altogether.

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The coronavirus pandemic is affecting many people's lives. To minimize those effects, Congress has appropriated trillions of dollars of spending to aid Americans. That money is going to have to be borrowed by a government already running huge deficits. How will that be possible? And what will it mean for the country in the long term? 

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

The Maine Center for Disease Control reported 39 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, for a total of 1,687. No new deaths related to the disease were reported.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to increase in Maine, and the state Center for Disease Control is reporting an additional death.

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It is not often U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District differs with fellow Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden of the 2nd District, but while Pingree supported House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion pandemic relief bill, Golden did not.

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The Maine Department of Education says it has secured nearly 22,000 devices to provide internet access to students across the state.

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As many states, including Maine, prepare to hold their spring — and now summer — primary elections, Congress is weighing another round of relief funding to help them pay for safety equipment and other voting expenses created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

Cases of COVID-19 in Maine grew to 1,603 overnight, as another 38 cases were diagnosed. The death toll remained unchanged at 69.

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The Portland City Council Monday will consider policy changes aimed at helping restaurants open safely to dine-in customers after a key committee gave unanimous support to the proposal.

Maine’s proximity to Massachusetts, along with the ports of Bath and Portland, were catalysts in the Spanish Flu’s spread across Maine in 1918.  We’ll discuss the similarities and differences of that deadly pandemic to today’s, how it affected Maine, and any lessons that can be learned from it.

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With the depletion of certain items on grocery store shelves and the disruption to the supply chain, there is one thing the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted, and that is the importance of locally grown food. In Maine and around the country, small farms in particular are seeing a surge of interest in what they have to offer, and membership sales in community supported agriculture are especially attractive right now.