Kathleen Jordan uses sticks to help prop up her hybrid daffodils in her front yard in Paris on Tuesday. Credit: Russ Dillingham / Sun Journal via AP

Today is Wednesday. Temperatures will be in the high 70s to high 50s from north to south, with sunny skies throughout the state. See what else is in store this week for the weather and your allergies here. Here’s a look at today’s gas prices.

Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

The latest on the coronavirus in Maine

Two more Mainers have died and another 771 COVID-19 cases reported across the state, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That brings the statewide death toll to 2,327. Check out our tracker for more information.

Data reported by the New York Times this week show that Aroostook County has the highest per capita rate of COVID-19 cases, with an average of 67 cases per day and 99 cases per a population of 100,000. That’s higher than every county in the United States excepting some counties in the U.S. territories of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Portland’s public schools have brought back mandatory masking for students and staff, starting on Thursday, as case counts continue to rise in Cumberland County and across the state.

More abortion rights chalk messages appear outside Susan Collins’ Bangor house

Sen. Susan Collins complained to police on Saturday about chalk messages left on the sidewalk outside her house over the weekend.

Hampden schools ban activist after he plays obscene recording at meeting

The Hampden school district banned Shawn McBreairty, 51, from stepping foot on school grounds for meeting purposes and attending any school functions until Dec. 31.

The house $300K will buy you in different parts of Maine

Homes in the $300,000 range sell fast, sometimes the same day, with multiple bidders driving up the list price.

Billionaire demolishes former Rockefeller home on MDI oceanfront estate

It is expected that Mitchell Rales, a billionaire industrialist who bought Ringing Point four years ago, will build a new summer home there.

Vacation home prices in this part of Maine nearly doubled in a year

Second home prices in Cumberland County almost doubled over the past year as cash buyers and remote workers flocked to Maine, snapping up year-round residences in addition to seasonal ones.

Deer Isle gets new apartments as Stonington looks to stop short-term rentals

While the addition is welcomed and needed, Deer Isle and Stonington are still desperate for more housing.

Judge orders Bangor hospital to pay psychologist more than $180K for unequal pay

Clare Mundell, 59, began working at Acadia Hospital in November 2017. Now she fights for female psychologists getting paid about half of what it paid their male counterparts.

The last Penobscot River salmon to go to a US president was caught 30 years ago

It seems unlikely that another U.S. president will get the chance to dine on the “kingly” Maine delicacy in most of our lifetimes.

Professors: University system leaders ‘abused the search process’ in choosing UMA president

Michael Laliberte will become the University of Maine at Augusta’s president on Aug. 1, 10 months after officials with the State University of New York at Delhi cast votes of no confidence on his leadership.

3 questions that will decide the fate of the CMP corridor

Depending on the decisions in two cases before Maine’s supreme court, the project could be either revived or killed for good. There are a range of options between those extremes as well, including CMP needing to find a new route.

Time is running out to apply for Maine’s moose permit lottery

Forms must be received electronically by 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

Dover-Foxcroft to put a block on its new medical marijuana caregiver ordinance

Voters passed the ordinance last month that would require medical marijuana caregivers to get a permit in Dover-Foxcroft beyond the required state license.

In other Maine news …

16-year-old accused of murder following Brooks shooting identified

Man left with traumatic brain injury after alleged assault at Windham prison has died

Tenants at South Portland apartment complex face $400 rent increase

One of Maine’s most dominant high school softball teams is recovering from a bad start

UMaine softball will face UMass Lowell in opening round of America East tourney

Hermon softball scores 1 run to defeat previously unbeaten Nokomis

Maine man accused of attacking 3rd police officer during Capitol riot

NH fugitive wanted on multiple warrants arrested in York County

Jackson Curtis leads Husson to 2nd straight conference baseball crown

Vassalboro man dies in single-vehicle crash

USDA says Maine blueberry growers had a big 2021

As luxury campground dispute heads to court, Tremont adopts stricter development standards

Dover-Foxcroft residents don’t want an opioid treatment center in town

Chicago theater director will take post at Bangor’s Penobscot Theatre Company

Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.