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Versant Power is warning customers about a spike in scam calls in which the caller threatens to disconnect a person's power unless the company receives money immediately.

Guns sales have been on the rise since the start of pandemic, most likely due the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and also due to increased racial tensions nationwide and here in Maine. We'll learn about the demographic makeup of new gun owners, such as more women and minorities, and why societal conditions are causing people to purchase firearms. We'll also discuss the health and safety concerns associated with this surge in gun sales.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public File

Two more school systems in Maine are temporarily moving to remote classes because of COVID-19.

HOULTON, Maine - The U.S. Border Patrol says seven people were arrested in three different border incidents last weekend even as the Maine-Canada border is closed to nonessential traffic during the pandemic.

With many Mainers working from home through at least the rest of 2020, and with most students doing at least part of their learning remotely, tech issues can take on a whole new dimension. Our tech experts return to answer questions about plugging in, staying connected, and which high-tech device is right for your needs.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

A year ago Wednesday, a deadly propane explosion rocked Farmington, killing one firefighter and injuring seven other people, including six firefighters.

Sea-level rise due to global warming along the coast of Maine is increasing at a rapid pace, with some estimates predicting levels to rise by as much as two feet by 2050. We'll discuss what is causing the waters to rise more quickly, how it will impact coastal communities and structures, and what towns and individuals can do to prepare. We'll also find out how historic buildings can be protected from rising waters.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

A state commission is urging Maine lawmakers to pass more than two dozen bills aimed at easing racial disparities in Maine, and to consider impacts on racial equity when crafting future legislation.

One of the outcomes of the 2016 election was a distrust of polling. But many pollsters will tell you that’s the wrong conclusion to draw, and that, in fact they were not so far off in their polling. We’ll check in with pollsters and learn what lessons they took from the 2016 election, the science of polling and how it has changed over the years, and what to expect this election season.

Tensions with China center on a social media app and scientists accused of spying. Russia apparently has poisoned a leading opposition leader. And Israel normalized ties with the UAE. One of our guests, scholar Aaron David Miller, argues that the Middle East doesn't matter as much anymore. How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected international politics? What major geopolitical developments are unfolding under the radar? And how are the Presidential campaigns addressing global hotspots?

Linda Coan O'Kresik / Bangor Daily News

The Maine Principals' Association and state officials have agreed on a plan that would allow several interscholastic sports to be played this fall but would push football and volleyball to the spring. The new guidelines were announced Thursday. But more details need be worked out before any games begin.

Companies and their employees are increasingly seeking ways to embrace socially responsible practices. This trend is growing as Millennials and younger generations have greater expectations for working at places that prioritize social justice and other values, rather than only looking at profit for stakeholders. One term for this is "conscious capitalism." We'll examine this trend and why it is taking hold, and we'll talk with some of the people in Maine whose businesses prioritize these values--some of whom have earned a "benefit corporation" designation for their work in this area.

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As part of our continuing Deep Dive Coronavirus series, we're looking at how schools are preparing to re-open. To get a better sense of this we're talking this week with two school superintendents in very different parts of the state to understand similar challenges and different approaches as they tackle a complex situation.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Throughout the summer, Mainers have struggled over the decision of whether or not to send kids back to school. As part of Maine Public’s Deep Dive: Coronavirus project, we spoke with a number of teachers, including English and design thinking teacher Kate Meyer. She works at Mount Desert High School, which will start the year remotely, as it tries to assess the potential fallout from the tourist season before transitioning to a hybrid model September 28.

Twenty-two corporate and civic sponsors have seeded a new fund designed to tackle systemic racism in Maine.