An early-rising sport fisherman motors over calm seas on his way to striped bass fishing grounds off the coast of Kennebunkport on Thursday. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Today is Friday. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-70s to low 80s, with a chance for thunderstorms and scattered showers across eastern and northern Maine that could produce hail. See what weather is in store for the rest of the day here. Here’s the latest on gas prices in Maine. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

The latest on the coronavirus in Maine

Seventeen more Mainers have died and another 351 COVID-19 cases reported across the state, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That brings the statewide death toll to 2,453 as of Thursday morning. Check out our tracker for more information.

Janet Mills lobbies Congress to slow down Jared Golden’s tribal-rights measure

The episode illustrates the depth of the break on tribal rights between Maine’s top elected Democrats.

Mainers care more about economy than abortion in tight battle for State House control

But nearly 1 in 5 voters also picked abortion rights as their top issue, suggesting a possible motivating issue for Democrats.

People from states with abortion bans are already traveling to Maine for the procedure

Less than two weeks after the Supreme Court removed the right to abortion, leaving the decision with the states, people are traveling to Maine for the procedure.

Arizona restaurant chain buys Maine wharf so it can keep selling lobster rolls for $9.99

Angie’s Lobster’s co-founders have invested $10 million and plan to build the “most efficient restaurant business the world has ever seen.”

PLUS: All you need for this easy appetizer recipe is canned or frozen seafood, a package of cream cheese, and a jar of cocktail sauce or a bottle of ketchup and a little jar of horseradish.

A 130-year-old women’s boarding home will become Bangor’s latest sober living residence

The King’s Daughters Home has been purchased by Fresh Start Sober Living and will help serve those recovering from addiction.

Bangor-area officers encountered a roaming sheep and stuck skunk this week

In one unusual animal encounter, a sheep ended up riding in the back of the police cruiser, bleating along the way.

The creators of ‘Stranger Things’ will be adapting a Stephen King novel next

Matt and Ross Duffer will be moving on from “Stranger Things” after a final fifth season by adapting Stephen King’s “The Talisman.”

Maine’s biggest cities lost population even while the state grew

Maine’s largest cities lost population in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, even though the state saw rapid growth by its standards.

Private jets fueled major growth at a small Waterville airport

Revitalization efforts in downtown Waterville are credited with drawing college parents, investors and others to the region.

Maine seniors will soon be able to freeze their property taxes

Eligible seniors who apply each year will not pay higher property taxes as long as they live in their homes.

A Mount Desert Island man was hanged twice for 1 murder

Samuel Hadlock, about 44 at the time of his crime, was a successful man, running logging and sawmill operations out of Northeast Harbor.

Loons have 4 different calls and this is what they mean

Knowing which loon call you are hearing can help you determine whether your presence is posing a threat to them.

Beware of the beautiful weed that can cause blindness and burns

The giant hogweed likely was first brought to Maine by estate owners who sought unusual plants from around the world to fill their ornamental gardens.

UMaine’s Maeve Carroll will play professional basketball in Spain

Former UMaine player Maeve Carroll signed a one-year contract with the professional basketball team Hierros Diaz Extremadura Miralville.

In other Maine news …

Women who claimed state troopers failed to protect them before 2015 rampage settle lawsuit

Family of man shot by Portland police 5 years ago reach agreement on lawsuit

Former Dover-Foxcroft police chief pleads guilty to domestic violence charge

1st Mainer charged in Jan. 6 Capitol riot goes on trial next month

Pembroke murder suspect arrested but town still on edge after teen’s recent death

Missing Sanford family spotted but police won’t say where

Kittery residents petition for zoning change to block large housing development

Auburn residents want to repeal rezoning law that could dramatically increase development

Portland commission sends recommendations overhauling city government to council

‘Every game is going to be difficult’ for UMaine men’s hockey team this season

Maureen Barron steps down as Bangor softball coach after 1 season

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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.