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The University of Maine System said it is planning to bring students and staff back to its seven campuses for the fall semester, but officials have said that college life will likely be very different.

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Maine colleges and universities are announcing their plans for the fall as COVID-19 continues to alter campus life and instruction.

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To better understand the forces and effects of climate change, National Geographic funded a mission last year to Mount Everest. The expedition was documented in a special called "Expedition Everest," which will air Tuesday night on the National Geographic Channel. The lead scientist on the expedition was the University of Maine's Paul Mayewski, who heads UMaine's Climate Change Institute.

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees has conditionally approved a $559 million spending plan for Fiscal Year 2021.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has put a lot of stress on college students. In just a few weeks, many have had to pack their bags and leave campus, then transition to new, online classes. And for those set to graduate this spring, the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic has many on edge and some rethinking their plans after graduation.

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Maine Chief Justice Leigh Saufley will step down from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and take over as dean of the University of Maine School of Law School later this month. The appointment is drawing praise from members of Maine's legal community.

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With tens of thousands of Mainers working from home and thousands of students also at home and logged into devices, parts of the state are seeing a slowdown of internet service and, in some cases, failure.

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There are still no reported cases of the new coronavirus in Maine, but both the University of Maine system and Bowdoin College announced Wednesday that students will no longer be allowed on campuses after spring break in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Both plan to continue classes online for the rest of the semester. Other campuses in the state are watching the situation closely, but are staying open for the time being.

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Students at the University of Maine Wednesday delivered a petition calling on the state's university system to support student workers.

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Maine's Public Utilities Commission has approved a project that will test a floating platform that will hold up to two wind turbines, near Monhegan Island.

The state's university system is drastically cutting tuition for out-of-state students pursuing Masters degrees in Business Administration as part of an effort to increase enrollment.

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New University of Maine Chancellor Dannel Malloy Wednesday launched a campaign to promote the UMaine System's affordability and highlight the growth of "experiential learning" at its campuses.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - A U.S. Senate committee has signed off on a funding bill that would provide help to Maine's potato industry as well as other rural enterprises.

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All this week, Maine Public - and more than 250 other news outlets all around the world - are reporting stories on climate change as part of the  "Covering Climate Now" project. In Maine, scientists say that climate change means hot summers, warm winters, more rain, and less snow, along with a warming gulf of Maine, and that will affect the state's fisheries, its  economy and traditional ways of life.

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The University of Maine and The Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will use a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to learn more about Maine's aquatic ecosystems.

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