Spring Point Ledge Light in South Portland blinks red at dawn on Thursday. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Today is Friday. Temperatures will be in the high 50s to low 70s from north to south, 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 347 COVID-19 cases have been reported across the state, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Three more deaths were reported Thursday, bringing the statewide death toll to 2,564. Check out our tracker for more information.

Mainer wins an Emmy for his film about his friend George Carlin

As George Carlin’s manager, Jerry Hamza’s Emmy win felt particularly special to him.

Sale of a ‘dangerous’ Bucksport Route 1 motel has been pending for months

Bucksport is concerned that the former Fountain Inn will continue to deteriorate and become even more of a danger.

Man in Bangor jail since June asks judge to find him a lawyer or lower his bail

Jquam Bailey was not appointed an attorney at his first court appearance due to a critical shortage of lawyers willing to represent indigent clients.

Bangor High had its highest graduation rate ever last spring

Bangor High’s class of 2022 boasted a four-year graduation rate of 89.86 percent, with 248 completing high school within four years.

5 giant gas balloons took off from Bangor 30 years ago in first-ever trans-Atlantic race

The Chrysler Transatlantic Challenge, which took off from Bass Park on Sept. 16, 1992, was a race across the Atlantic Ocean from North America to Europe.

Hunter who uses wheelchair bags his 1st black bear with a Maine Guide’s help

Douglas Fickel Jr., 28, has Louis-Bar Syndrome, a rare neurodegenerative disease that affects only 400 people in the world.

Jared Golden won’t debate Bruce Poliquin without 3rd candidate present

It is an extension of a fraught history around debates between Jared Golden and Bruce Poliquin.

Janet Mills and Paul LePage will meet for 4 TV debates

It will be must-see TV in political circles when the two longtime rivals begin debating in early October, just over a month before Election Day. 

The fossil fuel industry pledge uniting Janet Mills and Paul LePage

The Maine Energy Marketers Association developed the pledge asking candidates to oppose “efforts that restrict the ability of Maine citizens to choose the source of energy for their homes, businesses and vehicles.”

Republican challenger tries to frame Chellie Pingree as anti-police

Police say staffing shortages and the partial closure of the Cumberland County Jail are to blame. But Ed Thelander blamed what he described as progressive policies.

Senate won’t vote on Susan Collins’ same-sex marriage bill until after election

The senators behind the bill were racing this week to draft a religious-freedom amendment to win support from 10 Republicans to break the filibuster.

New children’s museum in Waterville will bring Maine to life

After closing the Augusta location in March 2020, children’s museum leaders identified Waterville as a prime spot for reopening.

5 Maine North boys soccer teams to watch this fall

Fort Kent, Camden Hills, Lewiston, John Bapst and Mount View are the North boys soccer teams to watch.

In other Maine news …

Nurses union reaches tentative contract with Maine Medical Center

Cross Insurance’s new CEO anticipates more US expansion

UMaine secures financing to convert historic buildings into boutique hotel

Power expected to be restored to Portland apartment building by Friday

With another dry summer, more Maine farmers explore irrigation

Joe Biden proposes floating platforms to expand offshore wind power in Gulf of Maine

Gorham won’t remove sex ed poster from middle school

Limestone school committee urges immediate lead water remediation

Man accused of firing gun at West Forks boxer during attempted car theft

Man seriously injured after shooting in Lewiston housing complex parking lot

Maine set to expand medical examiner’s office amid rise in homicides

This chocolate Lab puppy will comfort Maine’s emergency dispatchers

1 dead after motorcycle and truck collide in Gorham

Portland Sea Dogs clinch playoff spot for 1st time in 8 years

PGA pulls support of Falmouth golf tourney

2 Maine wildlife refuges opened to limited hunting