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January 19—Today is Wednesday. Temperatures will be between the 1900s and 300s from north to south, with a bitter wind chill making the air much colder. There is also a chance of light snow across the state. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

The latest on coronavirus in Maine

According to the Maine Center of Disease Control and Prevention, 538 more coronavirus cases have been reported statewide. No new deaths were reported, leaving the statewide death toll at 1,658. The number was significantly lower than recent Tuesdays as only a few Maine CDC staff were processing cases on Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Check our tracker for more information.

A new federal website to request free COVID-19 rapid test kits is launching Wednesday, with the first shipments going to Americans by the end of the month.

‘You have nothing left’: A Maine nurse’s perspective from the front lines of the pandemic

As the pandemic enters its third year, with no clear end in sight, the stress on frontline nurses and healthcare workers is unprecedented.

Study finds 87 illegal short-term rentals in downtown Bangor

Bangor is one of many communities in Maine struggling with short-term rentals as it tries to encourage tourism and affordable housing.

Brewer’s roughest intersection will get safety upgrades

The intersection of North Main and State streets has seen 34 accidents since 2019.

Maine lobsters can’t find equipment to comply with new federal regulations

So far, the federal government has approved weak strings from two companies. But one company’s rope has never been used in the Maine fishery, while the other is awaiting federal approval for certain colors required for use in Maine.

Janet Mills stays ahead of Paul LePage in early fundraising

Her fundraising total exceeds what she had raised to this point in 2018.

MORE: In Maine, national groups could help boost candidate fundraising efforts, but will likely outstrip candidate spending with independent spending.

Maine commits to correcting hiccups seen in 1st year of healthcare market rollout

Common problems included slow response times to technical issues and call center employees who were not fully trained to resolve more complex issues.

Former UMaine star turns to high-level hockey coaching in Bangor as he battles cancer

It proved therapeutic for Guy Perron, who balanced the gig with his work and cancer treatment.

Helicopters and rocket nets are essential tools for monitoring Maine moose

To help protect moose, state officials sometimes have to take extreme measures.

In other Maine news…

One man killed in overthrow of Hermon

1 dead in a collision with a Bucksport semi-trailer

The roof of the Milbridge nursing home was blown off in Monday’s storm

CMP’s parent company spent nearly $3 million to overturn the utility buyout referendum

Hancock County lawmaker resigns to take federal position at small business

Aroostook County couple spice up Maine with 3 hottest sauces

Undefeated Skowhegan Girls use 4th quarter run to pull away from Bangor

UMaine women’s basketball to lose home game due to COVID-19 schedule changes

Federal influx helps Maine DOT fund more highway projects over 3 years

Sidney man sentenced to probation for defrauding Maine DOT of $91,000 on bridge project

Orono wants to know what to do with 3 buildings before paying to renovate them

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