1. The U.S. tops 6.6 million coronavirus cases with over 196,000 related deaths. The Maine CDC reported 1 new death and 23 new cases on Wednesday. Maine’s death toll is 138 w/ 496 active cases.
2. A state of emergency was issued in Westbrook after two successive landslides partially blocked the Presumpscot River, raising initial concern over the chance for flooding which is not considered a threat anymore, but the threat that remains is further movement of the ground. Crews plan to be back out today to remove debris.
3. UNE is changing its coronavirus testing protocols. If students have been to a party or traveled to a state that requires a quarantine, they can get tested without getting in trouble for violating student conduct policies. Students who violate those policies and don’t come forward will still face consequences.
4. Parents and student-athletes gathered for a “Let Them Play” rally in Augusta yesterday. Demonstrators are encouraging lawmakers to allow high school football this fall. Last week, officials with the MPA announced they would not sponsor tackle football or volleyball under COVID-19 guidelines.
5. The Big Ten college football conference has reversed its decision to postpone its season and will return to action starting October 24. The league is aiming for each team to play eight games in the eight weeks leading up to the December 19 conference championship. While games will be held on school campuses, fans are not expected to be allowed to attend.
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