In this May, 17, 2022, file photo, a visitor takes in the view of Portland Head Light at Fort Williams Park at sunset in Cape Elizabeth. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Today is Friday. Temperatures will be in the high 60s to high 70s, with cloudy skies and a chance for rain across the state in the evening.

See what’s in store for Memorial Day weekend here. Traveling for the holiday? Here’s what you can expect with the 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 556 COVID-19 cases were reported across the state, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That brings the statewide death toll to 2,347. Check out our tracker for more information.

A genetic change in the coronavirus has health officials on edge, as the dominant mutation combines the most transmissible and infectious aspects of the highly contagious omicron and delta variant, which could reduce protection gained from previous infections.

Kids under 5 could pose major challenge for Maine’s COVID-19 vaccine effort

A third of parents said they will not vaccinate their children between the ages of 5 to 11, while 12 percent will only do so if required for school.

Mainers will be part of clinical trials for Lyme vaccine developed by Pfizer

It’s been 20 years since a Lyme disease vaccine has been on the market, and the infection’s prevalence has grown steadily in Maine ever since.

Susan Collins votes to block domestic terrorism bill Democrats tied to gun policy debate

The bill would have opened up debate on hate crimes and gun safety, but failed along party lines Thursday.

The latest:

It was easier for a Palmyra couple to build a new home than buy one

Kathleen and Ryan MacLeod scrambled to find a new home in the Augusta and Waterville areas, but were outbid by $30,000 to $40,000 at every turn.

A tight market for commercial space is limiting Bangor’s business growth

The suburban strip malls are more full than they’ve been in decades.

Maker of only commercial pizza dough made with Maine grains is expanding

Since its founding in September 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has produced 61,000 pounds of pizza dough.

Maine governor’s race could be decided by small group of ‘persuadable’ voters

Another poll shows Janet Mills and Paul LePage locked in a close race.

Janet Mills vows to fight to CMP’s proposed rate hike

An average CMP customer would pay $5 per month more in the first year of the plan, bringing the bill for a home using 550 kilowatt hours to about $131 per month.

Accused triple murderer was ‘shaking’ when he arrived at Legion hall after shooting spree

Thomas Bonfanti approached the bar at the Machias Legion hall, laid several hundred dollars on top and said the money should be used for his cremation.

American Aquafarms is fighting back after state denied its salmon farm application

American Aquafarms has appealed the state’s decision to kill the company’s application for a fish farm in Frenchman Bay.

Crumbling comet might give Maine its most dazzling meteor shower in 25 years

Maine could see an impressive nighttime show Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Everything you need to know to keep bugs off you this summer

Keeping biting and stinging insects off your skin or from buzzing around your head can be a challenge.

In other Maine news …

Belfast cellphone store asks ‘Maine’s Dumbest Criminals’ to return stolen demo phone

Bath man accused of killing mother told police he strangled her after she attacked him

Death of Lewiston man fatally shot at towing company ruled a homicide

Why tens of thousands of Mainers drive out of state to work

2 Aroostook County districts reverse course on allowing students to attend schools in other districts

Water main break sends muddy torrent down Congress Street in Portland

Maine State Police officer saves baby opossum

UMass Lowell rallies past UMaine in America East baseball tourney

Transportation fuel costs will keep Houlton tennis teams out of the postseason

Maine plans to slash deer permits by 37 percent this season

This Hancock County town is offering a seed library this summer

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.