Erin Doughty, co-owner of The Lobstah Buoy food truck in Bangor, greets a customer on April 17, 2021, file photo. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

Today is Friday. Temperatures will be in mid-40s to mid-50s from north to south, with rain throughout the state. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus in Maine

Another four Mainers died and 254 more coronavirus cases were reported across the state on Thursday, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The statewide death toll now stands at 782. Check out our COVID-19 Tracker for more information.

The Lewiston-Auburn area ranks third in the country for the highest daily average of new COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks. Lewiston-Auburn has an average of 71 new cases per 100,000 residents per day, according to The New York Times.

Twenty-seven prisoners and three staff members have tested positive for the virus at Two Bridges Regional Jail as of Wednesday, according to a Maine CDC spokesperson. The jail serves Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties.

Bangor is one of few large Maine communities that limit councilors’ political speech

The Bangor City Council. From top left: Dan Tremble, Clare Davitt, Sarah Dubay, Susan Hawes, Rick Fournier, Angela Okafor, Jonathan Sprague, Gretchen Schaefer, Sarah Nichols. Credit: BDN composite photo

The limitations aren’t common nationwide, but they are one way local governments can try to counteract the growing infiltration of national politics into local debates.

New Bangor schools chief wants to be visible in community and meet with every employee

James Tager, who will be superintendent of Bangor schools beginning in July, stands in downtown Bangor. Credit: David Marino Jr. / BDN

James Tager, 61, will be only the second permanent superintendent of Bangor schools in the last 13 years.

He was unloading a pistol when it discharged, changing 2 young lives forever

Credit: Stock image / Pexels

More than a year ago, a teenager’s life was changed when a young man unloading a pistol early one morning at a Waldo home accidentally shot her in the jaw.

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson hammers CMP corridor in new streaming show

In this March 2, 2017, file photo, Tucker Carlson, host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” poses for a photo in a Fox News Channel studio in New York. Credit: Richard Drew / AP

Tucker Carlson likened CMP’s project to a “corrupt green energy scam” that could “destroy the last large standing forest east of the Mississippi.” 

Former Maine State Police trooper admits to hitting his ex-wife

Former Trooper Justin “Jay” Cooley is pictured in 2014. Credit: Courtesy of Maine State Police Facebook page

Former state trooper Justin “Jay” Cooley pleaded guilty to domestic violence assault on Wednesday for hitting his ex-wife, resolving a criminal case that drew scrutiny over how the Maine State Police initially responded to her complaints of abuse.

Machias veterinarian facing criminal charges after her license is revoked

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Cynthia Cole Teer, who owns and operates Machias Animal Hospital, is charged with unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine.

Eastport hires Army veteran as 6th city manager since 2010

The Oceania Cruises ship Riviera sits tied up to Eastport’s downtown breakwater pier in this July 2020 file photo. Eastport on Wednesday hired Army veteran Kate Devonshire to become its sixth city manager since 2010. Credit: BDN file

Kate Devonshire will work for an initial 12-month probationary period and will get job performance reviews from the council after three months and again after six months. Her annual salary is $56,000.

A small Maine police department wants $81K to grow its force

As the town’s police department struggles with attracting and retaining officers, Thomaston residents will be voting in June on whether or not to keep the town’s police department or contract with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office for coverage. Credit: Lauren Abbate / BDN

Two years ago, Thomaston Police Chief Tim Hoppe was the only full-time officer that the town had.

Melissa Smith, CEO of WEX, a financial technology company based in Portland. Credit: Courtesy of WEX

Revenues at Maine’s second-largest public company are climbing back toward pre-pandemic levels.

After 28 years of sharing stories with BDN readers, it’s time for a career change

BDN outdoors editor John Holyoke is stepping away from the job he has held for 19 years, and ending a 28-year career as a full-time employee of the BDN. He plans to contribute a regular freelance column. Credit: Chris Lander / BDN

“It’s been a wonderful ride, and a single column can’t hope to illustrate how much fun I’ve had along the way,” John Holyoke writes.

6 deer having a meeting in this trail camera classic

Six deer gather in the woods in front of a trail camera. Credit: Courtesy of Pete Lahr

What they’re up to is anybody’s guess.

In other Maine news …

Maine potato farmers celebrate as Mexico lifts its ban on fresh US spuds

Body found in Owls Head wetlands

22-year-old faces arson charges for setting man on fire in Levant

Owner of alleged Union Street drug house agrees to be held without bail

Small, domestic cruise ships are set to return to Maine in May

Maine rolls out additional unemployment benefits for ‘mixed earners’