Today is Friday. Temperatures will be in the mid-60s with afternoon showers throughout the state. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
Another Mainer died and 31 new coronavirus cases were reported in Maine on Thursday, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There are 622 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state and the death toll is now at 144. Check out our COVID-19 Tracker for more information.
Mainers filed more than 2,400 new jobless claims for the week of Oct. 4-10, according to data released Thursday by the Maine Department of Labor. Additionally, Mainers filed nearly 50,170 applications to continue receiving jobless benefits, a slight decrease from the previous week.
After a warm-weather season that was better than expected and helped greatly by expanded outdoor dining across the state, some eateries are concerned about keeping customers as temperatures drop and snow flies. People who may have felt safe eating outdoors might feel different about doing it indoors — especially in the winter.
House Speaker Sara Gideon, the challenger to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, raised $39.4 million during the third quarter of 2020, placing her among a group of top-tier Democratic candidates who brought in unprecedented levels of money as Election Day nears.
City officials want to turn the Star City’s downtown into a commercial and cultural center for both Presque Isle and wider Aroostook County — as well as nearby Canadian markets — by making the area more aesthetically pleasing and promoting historical and cultural landmarks in the city. The plan proposes 18 projects for downtown costing a total of $5.3 million, including initiatives that would improve sidewalks and intersections, establish a development grant program for storefronts and financially assist landlords with renovating their properties.
A candidate for the Brewer School Committee was previously fired from his job as a jail guard for sexual harassment and had been disciplined four other times during his tenure at the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth. He is running, in part, to tackle bullying.
A longtime Maine summer resident and Michelin-star chef is planning to reopen his Stonington restaurant for the winter even as he comes under fire for allegedly mistreating employees at his Chicago restaurant.
Sen. Susan Collins and House Speaker Sara Gideon argued over the federal judiciary on Thursday night in a pointed third debate of the Senate race that remained policy-focused amid an increasingly nasty and expensive campaign.
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Jared Golden and former state Rep. Dale Crafts clashed on the future of health care and split on the issue of state and local aid in the next coronavirus stimulus bill in their first debate. Golden, a Democrat, has opened up a wide polling and fundraising lead over Crafts in the race to date.
As far as invasive insect species go, the western conifer seed bug is among the more benign. They are, however, related to stink bugs, which makes them a less than desirable house guest.
Rising 1,103 feet above sea level, Hatchet Mountain features a wide, zigzagging trail that leads to open views of the Camden Hills and the ocean beyond. A major landmark in the town of Hope, the mountain was named after a local legend about two Native American groups in the region.