In this Feb. 18, 2021, file photo, people wearing masks cross State Street in Bangor to go into Mexicali Blues. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

Today is Wednesday. Temperatures will be in the mid-30s to high 40s from north to south, with cloudy skies throughout the state. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus and Maine

Two Mainers died and another 142 coronavirus cases were reported across the state on Tuesday, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The death toll statewide is now 660. Check out our COVID-19 Tracker for more information.

Six staff members at the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor have tested positive for COVID-19, though no inmates have tested positive so far, Sheriff Troy Morton said Tuesday.

Walgreens locations in Maine will begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations to older Mainers later this week as the state continues to increase its capacity.

In budget speech, Janet Mills proposes $111M in borrowing to aid pandemic recovery

Janet Mills delivers her State of the Budget speech on February 23, 2021. Credit: Screenshot

Gov. Janet Mills proposed borrowing at least $111 million to aid Maine’s pandemic recovery in a virtual State of the Budget address on Tuesday as she pushed back against calls to cut or bolster services in the next two-year budget.

Former Calais cop twice accused of breaking the law but was not fired either time

Jeffrey Bishop Credit: Courtesy of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency

Jeffrey Bishop is currently facing five felony drug furnishing and trafficking charges.

Retired nurse explains the push behind union efforts at Maine Med

Debra Labbe of Raymond worked as a nurse at Maine Medical Center in Portland for 37 years. Labbe retired in May 2020. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Debra Labbe loved her time at Maine Med, but over the years, she was often frustrated when her nursing colleagues’ requests didn’t come to pass.

Swanville store to reopen after fatal crash and fire

People work to stock the newly rebuilt Swan Lake Grocery for its soft reopening, planned for Wednesday, March 3. Credit: Abigail Curtis / BDN

Nearly five months ago, Swan Lake Grocery was a charred, water-damaged husk after a driver veered off the road and hit the building, killing himself and starting a fire.

What a difference a few months can make.

Low supply and state priorities leave immigrants lagging in Maine’s vaccine rollout

Abdulkerim Said, the executive director of the New Mainers Public Health Initiative in Lewiston, poses for a photo after getting the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Scarborough Downs mass vaccination site last week. Credit: Courtesy of Abdulkerim Said

Much of the early vaccine gap likely stems from the state’s eligibility requirements.

Susan Collins: Biden’s $1.9T virus aid bill unlikely to get Senate GOP support

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks during a confirmation hearing for Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee Xavier Becerra before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Credit: Sarah Silbiger / Pool via AP

The nearly $2 trillion stimulus bill is the new president’s first major legislative initiative and includes a range of Democratic priorities, including $1,400 stimulus checks, extended unemployment benefits, funding for state and local governments and money to assist the distributions of coronavirus vaccines.

Bangor will decide whether to allow Airbnb rentals

Houses in Bangor are shown in this June 2017 file photo. The city doesn’t allow short-term rentals, but is starting to consider how to regulate them with an eye toward balancing tourism with housing affordability. Credit: Gabor Degre / BDN

People have been booking short-term rentals using Airbnb and other sites for years, but those rentals aren’t technically allowed in Bangor.

We want to talk to you about career changes during the pandemic

In this May 7, 2020, file photo, Matt LeBeau, a volunteer at the Foodshare distribution center, directs cars in East Hartford, Connecticut, during the coronavirus pandemic. Credit: Mark Lennihan / AP

More Mainers are still out of work than before the pandemic, but many job hunters are looking to work in a different field with higher growth potential or one that simply might offer a much-needed change.

Big fisher climbs a tree in this trail cam photo

A fisher clings to the side of a tree in this trail camera photo. Credit: Courtesy of Arthur Mason

One of the pleasant surprises that has come along with our ongoing trail camera feature is the chance to see so many cool photos of fishers.

In other Maine news…

Many workers at Maine’s nursing homes still skeptical about COVID-19 vaccines

7-year-old killed in Lincoln fire identified

6-year-old falls 15 feet from Saddleback chairlift

Maine might extend takeout alcohol through September 2022

New York man sentenced to 48 years for shooting Maine woman on side of road in Cherryfield

UMaine announces plans to host home football games this spring


Lindsay Putnam

Lindsay Putnam is a senior editor for sports and features at the Bangor Daily News. Lindsay previously worked as an editor and reporter at the New York Post. She's a York Beach native and Colby College...