In this Aug. 28, 2022, file photo, hundreds of snakes are lined up in various size boxes at the second Annual Maine Reptile Expo at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in Lewiston. Credit: Andree Kehn / Sun Journal via AP

Today is Thursday. The temperatures will be in the mid-70s to high 60s from north to south, with scattered showers to the north and sunny skies down south. 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

Eleven more Mainers have died and another 445 COVID-19 cases reported across the state since Saturday, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That brings the statewide death toll to 2,524 as of Wednesday morning. Check out our tracker for more information.

The chair of the Piscataquis County Commission on Tuesday questioned the steep cost of COVID-19 testing at the Piscataquis County Jail months ago, after rounds of testing due to a number of inmates and staff cases racked up a bill amounting to more than $11,000.

2 Maine elected officials found on far-right group’s leaked membership rolls

Gorham Town Councilor Ben Hartwell and Piscataquis County Commissioner Wayne Erkkinen were the only two sitting Maine officeholders identified on the rolls, an Anti-Defamation League spokesperson said.

PLUS: The leaked Oath Keepers membership list raises fresh concerns about the presence of extremists in law enforcement and the military.

Susan Collins cites ‘good progress’ toward passing same-sex marriage protections

“I’m never confident until the roll is called, but we’re making good progress,” the Maine senator said on Wednesday.

Bruce Poliquin stiff-arms ranked-choice voting for 2nd race in a row

He told supporters to either just vote for him without ranking other choices or vote Poliquin all the way across — moves that would have the same effect.

It’s not the abortion-rights protests that concern MDI police but the paint used to scrawl messages

Annlinn Kruger’s messages have received the attention of officials because the paint she was using was difficult to remove.

UMaine needs more money than anticipated to start multimillion-dollar athletics makeover

The University of Maine System’s board of trustees will consider a request to use an additional $26 million to improve UMaine’s athletic facilities.

‘All the best, to most of you’: UMFK basketball coach resigns in fiery email

Tom Bird announced Wednesday he was stepping down and leaving the assistant athletic director post.

UMaine football center plays through injuries to keep 35-game streak alive

Mike Gerace called his resolve “part of the game” and that he motivates himself through the bumps and bruises by not wanting to let his team down.

Son of 2-time UMaine All-American defenseman joins men’s hockey team

Aidan Carney is a native of Paradise Valley, Arizona, and spent last season in the North American Hockey League with two teams.

Developer gets OK for shopping center with Starbucks on Broadway in Bangor

Alrig USA plans to redevelop a parcel of land on the corner of School Street and Broadway by an entrance to the Broadway shopping center.

Mexican restaurant opens on High Street in Ellsworth

Casa Jalisco has been undergoing renovations inside the space since March, when plans for the restaurant were announced.

Proposed Bucksport museum would honor town’s once thriving papermaking past

The museum plans to highlight the old mill, the papermaking process and the lives of the hundreds of people who worked there.

Shuttered Greenville Steam Co. could become a biomass processing facility

Clean Maine Carbon LLC plans to build a kiln that will convert wood material to biochar in an oxygen-deprived environment at the facility at 185 Greenville Steam Road.

Orrington is launching 2 business parks that have been years in the making

The town hopes the Eagle Point Business Park will be attractive to small businesses, including family businesses, needing to grow.

Waterville limited in how it can slow traffic on 4-lane road where motorcyclist died

Taking a deeper look at traffic and speeding along College Avenue would fall in line with ongoing efforts to revitalize downtown Waterville.

5 things to do at Portland-area breweries this fall besides drink

Here are five brewery-based events in the Portland area where you can concentrate on a great pint of suds this fall, and maybe something else, as well.

Maine’s final public executions drew 10,000 spectators to watch 2 seamen hang

Abraham Cox and Peter Williams were hanged together for the hatchet-and-razor murders of most of the crew aboard the brig Albion Cooper.

In other Maine news …

Woman killed in Albion crash

Driver hospitalized following crash at Wiscasset Speedway

Multiple vehicles involved in separate I-295 crashes

12-year-old charged with terrorizing after threat found on Bangor school wall

Down East woman accused of trafficking $25K worth of fentanyl

Man accused of shooting woman in Portland

Shooting in Portland’s Deering Oaks Park under investigation

Feds remove inmates from understaffed Cumberland County Jail

Maine school board votes not to ban sex education book

Parents weigh in on Portland proposal to limit high school choice

Data breach may have affected thousands of Maine student loan borrowers

Maine will get up to $11 million in Juul teen vaping settlement

Construction begins on Westbrook vertical farm

Portland food trucks say business is down after being forced to move on Eastern Prom

John Bapst boys soccer team defeats Foxcroft Academy

Lewiston scores 5 unanswered goals to defeat Bangor boys soccer team