Eddie, left, and Sonia Bermonty of Sabattus pick up items Saturday at The Kindness Collective in Lewiston. Credit: Sonia Bermonty / Sun Journal via AP

Today is Tuesday. Temperatures will be in the high teens to mid-30s from north to south, with the wind making it feel much colder and mostly sunny skies and a chance for late snow throughout the state. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

The latest on the coronavirus in Maine

The Maine CDC will report the latest COVID-19 data from the weekend by 9:30 a.m. Check out our tracker for more information.

Maine health officials have identified a new “lineage” of the COVID-19 omicron variant called BA.2 in two instances.

Federal shift leaves mask guidelines in place for outsized group of vulnerable Mainers

New federal guidelines suggest most Americans no longer need to wear masks, but they remain recommended in 13 of Maine’s counties.

PLUS: Boston health officials weigh lifting mask mandates

Janet Mills asks Maine stores to stop selling Russian-made spirits

The move follows similar bans on Russian-made vodka and spirits in other states and stores already pulling the liquor from their shelves.

PLUS: Maine stores pulled Russian vodka from shelves before Janet Mills asked them to

AND: Sen. Angus King warned Russian leader Vladimir Putin may be looking to use even more force against Ukraine when he should be looking for an “offramp” after crippling Western sanctions.

Ukrainian plane destroyed by Russian forces was a regular Bangor visitor

The Ukrainian aircraft and world’s largest plane that Russian troops destroyed over the weekend, visited Bangor International Airport a number of times over the years.

PLUS: Ukraine retweets Stephen King’s support for country

Bursting pipes in Stonington’s seasonal homes are draining its water supply

There’s an emerging trend of seasonal home owners not shutting off their water in the winter, and largely leaving their properties unwatched.

Hampden trash plant will have new owner by summer 2 years after it closed

That follows months of struggles to get the bondholders, mostly large investment funds based outside of Maine, to move on the plant’s sale.

Bangor’s Pakistani restaurant to permanently close after eviction order

Bahaar Pakistani Restaurant will have to leave its Hammond Street location after a district court judge ruled Monday that landlord Paul Cook could terminate its tenancy.

Judge orders owner of Moose Mountain ski resort to pay $4.5M in damages to state

The decision came after a hearing where the state and James Confalone of Florida testified in court about timber harvesting and the ski resort’s deteriorating conditions.

Walmart and large retailers push to cut millions in property taxes statewide

Known as the “dark store” theory, the argument being made by retailers is that their open, bustling stores are equivalent to ones that failed and closed.

New courthouse pup will be 1st of its kind in Maine

Holiday, a yellow Labrador retriever, is trained to comfort people dealing with traumatic experiences.

Changes to Maine’s child sexual abuse reporting are giving victims back their control

Maine children who report sexual abuse are asked to tell their story only once, to a trained forensic investigator who is experienced in talking to children about difficult things.

As quarterfinals start, Old Town-Orono begins quest to defend its state hockey title

The Black Bears went 3-3 in their last six games and need to play better than they did to make it four regional titles in a row.

Nighttime smelting through the ice on the Kennebec is a time-honored Maine tradition

It doesn’t get more Maine than smelting.

In other Maine news …

Troy Jackson confident bill to save Machias and Caribou veteran homes will pass

Top Democrat hits state for ‘behind-the-scenes games’ over Kennebec dam’s future

Fire rips through building with several businesses and apartments in downtown Fort Kent

UMaine men’s basketball will play a game in London next season

Susan Collins cites lack of religious protections in opposing Democratic abortion bill

Search continues for midcoast man missing for 10 days

State panel that oversees criminal defense lawyers for indigent clients prepares to be sued

Subpoenas will ramp up Maine investigation into national conservative group

More than $10K of equipment was stolen from Portland-based band The Ghost of Paul Revere

Feds would pay Orono mom $10M after clinic didn’t tell her about abuse to her infant son

10-year-old girl hurt in snowmobile crash released from Portland hospital