• The Mills administration’s 9 p.m. closing order isn’t punitive. It’s common sense.

  • We can’t do everything we did in previous years, but we can make sure this year’s spending will help local businesses.

  • ‘You get pushed to a level that is absurd,’ said one Maine pharmacist. And COVID-19 vaccinations are coming soon. ‘Lives are on the line,’ said another.

  • With a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Maine, communities and families are finding new and less risky ways to celebrate the holidays.

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    Nearly 200 legislators nationwide have tested positive for the virus and four have died.

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    Some are considering extraordinary steps to draw customers.

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    The Spanish flu and the coronavirus both induced certain degrees of denial.

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    Certainly, keep returning college kids away from the people in your household who are most at risk.

  • The two join 46 other states to be designated high risk for COVID-19 by the Bay State’s Department of Health.

  • However, there has not been enough screening statewide to offer warning signs of potential case spikes.

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    Meanwhile, the number of people in the hospital with the coronavirus hits another all-time high at more than 80,000.

  • The Maine Principals’ Association releases its COVID-19 safety guidelines on each high school winter sport.

  • Both Gardiner Area High School and Hall-Dale Middle and High School have seen an increase in need for — and support from — community members.

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    Stocks ended an up-and-down week on a down note, taking 0.7% off the S&P 500.

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    The government persuades e-commerce businesses like Amazon and supermarket chains to delay the discount shopping promotion by a week to Dec. 4.

  • Maine CDC reported eight cases at Upper Kennebec Valley Sr. High School during Friday’s briefing.

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    The MSNBC host says her partner’s COVID-19 case was so serious they thought it might kill her.

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    The public’s first chance to see how strong the evidence of its effectiveness really is will come in early December at a public meeting of the FDA’s scientific advisers.

  • Thomas College students will return for in-person classes after negative testing while Colby and UMaine Farmington students will finish the semester remotely.

  • Roughly 1,200 small businesses and nonprofit organizations will receive federally funded payments to cover payroll and other expenses.

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    Since early November, though, researchers have seen a noticeable uptick in schools requiring or encouraging students to get tested before Thanksgiving.

  • In contrast to the spring, Portland’s hospitals haven’t seen the number of COVID-19 inpatients grow as sharply during the ongoing surge.

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    The treasury secretary says his decision to end several emergency loan programs was based on the fact they were not being heavily utilized.

  • October was the slowest month for job recovery in Maine since businesses reopened this spring.

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    Most Americans shouldn’t expect to get a vaccine at their doctor’s office or pharmacy for many months.

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    The latest on the coronavirus pandemic from around the U.S. and the world.

  • Maine reported 224 new COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths Friday, and has opened 20 new outbreak investigations in the last 2 days.

  • Here are some of our favorite photos from the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel from the past week.

  • Many traditional Chester Greenwood Day activities will be held as usual, while others will have different formats due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Mexico joins the United States, Brazil and India, less than a week after Mexico said it had topped 1 million coronavirus cases, though officials agree the actual number is probably much higher.

  • The board of directors met Thursday evening at Skowhegan Area Middle School and discussed the district’s remote learning plan, should the county designation change in the coming weeks.

  • Maine financial officials say the better-than-expected performance is due to the federal aid package in the spring, and they urge Congress to pass another pandemic relief package.

  • The Maine Principals’ Association announced the move Thursday in hopes that pandemic conditions will improve enough to allow for competition.

  • Independence Association day program is temporarily shut down, limiting clients’ ability to be out and about in the community, and staff and clients alike are struggling to keep spirits high. 

  • The owners filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Janet Mills in May, asking a judge to declare the restrictions on their operations during a pandemic unconstitutional.

  • After a staff member tests positive for COVID-19 on the day school reopens, LHS is going back to remote learning.

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    Tyson Foods has suspended top officials at its largest pork plant and launched an investigation into allegations that they bet on how many workers would get infected during a widespread coronavirus outbreak.

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    The federal agency holds its first news briefing in months, and officials said they are alarmed to see 1 million new cases reported across the United States within the past week.

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    Most of the world has been living with the coronavirus for months, but a small group of environmental workers is only now adjusting to the pandemic.

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    More people are waiting for hours in long lines to get tested for the coronavirus, as cases surge nationwide and families hope to gather safely for the holidays

  • More than 2,500 residents applied for state and federal jobless benefits in the second week of November.

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    The economy’s modest recovery is increasingly at risk, with newly confirmed daily infections in the United States having exploded 80 percent over the past two weeks.

  • The new restrictions were announced on a day when the Maine CDC reported 215 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death.

  • The latest on the coronavirus pandemic from around the U.S. and the world.

  • Those who don’t want to wear face coverings during the pandemic don’t know the meaning of inconvenience.

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    Hundreds of school employees in the U.S. have died of the coronavirus.

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    The number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 in the U.S. has doubled in the past month and set new records every day this week.

  • That’s higher than the number of American military deaths in every conflict since the Korean War as well as those recorded during the U.S. Civil War.

  • The agency says it will no longer investigate probable cases of people who haven’t tested positive, even if they have had contact with someone who has.

  • A judge issued an order for Sunday River Brewing Co. to close until its license suspension has been lifted.

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