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Amidst all the bad news are the stories of people helping one another during this time of need. We'll hear about individuals and organizations that are reaching out and finding solutions for those who need food, income, helpers and other support as we continue to deal with the fallout of the coronavirus crisis.

Maine is getting federal assistance to provide food for children who receive free and reduced meals at school.

School buildings in Maine are closed through at the least the end of the academic year, classes have moved online and families are trying to teach their kids at home — with mixed results. What happens over the summer and even into next fall is also still in question.

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The month of May is prom season in Maine. There are months of planning for the final celebration with friends before entering the next stage of life. But COVID-19 has changed all that. Classes are now online, and prom and graduation ceremonies have been cancelled, delayed or otherwise re-imagined. Maine’s high school seniors had to learn to deal with all of these changes.

State and local governments have been front and center in the U.S. as we face the coronavirus pandemic. That is especially true because of inconsistent messaging from the Trump administration, and the fact that the federal government has not met states' needs for testing and medical equipment. So how has Maine responded since our first case of COVID-19, which was nearly two months ago?

The U.S. Census Bureau says it will resume door-to-door delivery of census packets in Maine this Friday.

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Mark Vogelzang, Maine Public president and CEO, discusses the different ways in which the organization has responded to the coronavirus pandemic. He'll also describe the new initiatives and programs that Maine Public is putting forth during this critical time.

The coronavirus has changed all of our lives, and this month Maine Public is looking at some of the big emerging issues here, including the state’s public health response to the virus, its impact on the economy and education during social distancing.

The public library in the town of Gray opened for limited browsing today, one of the first libraries in Maine to reopen since the COVID-19 emergency began.

SANFORD, Maine - Maine game wardens are searching for a man who is presumed to have drowned after a canoe flipped as he and two others were fishing on Estes Lake in Sanford.

BETHEL, Maine  — A Maine restaurant owner is ready for Round 2 of flouting Democratic Gov. Janet Mills' executive orders over the coronavirus.

New information and research continues to emerge regarding COVID-19. We will discuss the evolving knowledge about the disease, including: a range of different symptoms; promising treatment; testing for both the virus itself, and for antibodies to the virus; and development of a vaccine. How are medical and scientific experts seeking answers to the many unknowns of this pandemic?

The University of New England has announced that it’s bringing students back to its Biddeford and Portland campuses for the fall semester and, in some cases, even earlier.

Maine’s Department of Corrections has released 43 percent of the youths it had detained before COVID-19 struck. Now, a collaborative effort is underway to support the kids being returned early to their communities.

As much of the non-coronavirus health care in Maine shifts to telemedicine, we discuss how that is working for doctors and patients. For years, telehealth has been touted as a helpful tool for both health care providers and patients who face challenges meeting in person. Now that it's being implemented widely due to the pandemic, what are the pros and cons of virtual doctor's visits? And will this change the delivery of health care in the future?