Staff from Normandeau Associates, a leader in providing science-based environmental consulting services, place buoys below Great Falls on the Androscoggin River on Wednesday morning as part of ongoing water quality and aquatic habitat studies. Credit: Russ Dillingham / Sun Journal via AP

Today is Friday. Temperatures will be in the high 70s to low 80s with sunny skies throughout the state. 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

Another Mainer has died and 244 more coronavirus cases reported across the state, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That brings the statewide death toll to 2,464 as of Thursday morning. Check out our COVID-19 tracker for more information.

Coronavirus cases rose across the globe for the fifth straight week, with 5.7 million new COVID-19 cases reported last week, according to the World Health Organization.

She was taking photos of lighthouses. Then she saw a shark attack a seal.

The attack has changed the way Sue Fontaine feels about once-loved activities, like sea kayaking and ocean swimming.

Bangor says it can’t add more public bathrooms because of staffing issues

Downtown Bangor used to have portable outdoor bathrooms, but they were removed last year due to extensive vandalism.

Cooper Flagg is having a breakout summer

The 15-year-old played an important role in Team USA going 7-0 and winning the world championship in Spain.

Fort Kent wants state to remove dead tree in river after tubers nearly drowned

Kellie Jandreau, 30, nearly died Sunday when she and a couple friends struck a fallen tree while floating on the Fish River and were pinned beneath it.

Canadian company pushing towns to support mining project near national monument

Wolfden Resources wants to build a mine on 600 acres close to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Closed Deer Isle nursing home seeking buyer but won’t offer skilled nursing

An insurmountable nationwide nursing shortage made continuing skilled nursing unfeasible, according to the nursing home’s board president.

Janet Mills and regional GOP governors bond in Portland over housing crisis

Gov. Janet Mills said the inability to house seasonal employees is a “major impediment” to ensuring businesses are able to operate in Maine.

More news from the National Governor Association:

Why Paul LePage doesn’t think he needs Donald Trump’s help in 2022

When Paul LePage became one of the first governors to endorse Donald Trump, he compared himself to the candidate, saying he was “Trump before Donald Trump became popular.”

Jared Golden holds fundraising edge over Bruce Poliquin in 2022 showdown

Rep. Jared Golden outraised former Rep. Bruce Poliquin this spring in their high-profile race in Maine’s swing 2nd District, though the two have the same amount of money left entering peak campaign season.

You can get an at-home PFAS blood test, but it will cost you

Blood testing for PFAS is not a regular test offered by doctors or health departments and some tests can cost up to $600.

Identifying birds by sound is my superpower

“I can recall bird songs I heard 30 years ago, but I can’t remember where I left the car keys,” superbirder Bob Duchesne writes.

In other Maine news …

Hermon town manager abruptly resigns after nearly 6 years on the job

21-year-old dies in Windham prison

Augusta tow company owner fatally shot man in self-defense

Leeds turkey hunter who shot woman won’t serve jail time

DA won’t prosecute Oxford Hills superintendent accused of restraining student

Maine 16-year-old saves skunk with cup stuck on its head

Dog ejected from vehicle leads police to Penobscot County rollover crash

Biddeford Starbucks votes to unionize

Maine receives $100M in funding to expand rural broadband

Caleb Manuel rallies to defend his Maine Amateur golf title

Lobster Bowl will be last time 2 football stars are on the field together

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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.