1. At least eight deaths were reported in New York City and New Jersey as relentless rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida sent the New York City area into a state of emergency. The storm carried into New England with threats of more tornadoes.
2. Advocates for access to abortions rallied in Portland’s Monument Square Wednesday night in response to a controversial new law in Texas that effectively bans the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy.
3. Nurses at Maine Medical Center say they’re exhausted and feeling the pressure as the number of people being hospitalized with COVID-19 increases. There have been six outbreaks inside the hospital. Hospitals beds are filling up with young and unvaccinated COVID patients, which puts a pressure on other departments.
4. Friday’s scheduled football matchup between Hermon and Cape Elizabeth and the Week 1 game between John Bapst of Bangor and Oak Hill of Wales have been canceled due to covid cases.
5. Bud Light is releasing its first-ever pumpkin spice hard seltzer. The alcoholic beverage includes a blend of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla flavors that the company describes as “literally the taste of fall.” The drink will be available 9/6 and is part of a fall-themed variety pack that includes toasted marshmallow, maple pear and returning favorite apple crisp.