1. Hundreds of thousands of Louisianans sweltered in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida on Tuesday with no electricity, no tap water, precious little gasoline and no clear idea of when things might improve. The New Orleans Mayor said she expects some electricity to return to the city this evening.
2. Maine health officials Tuesday reported 475 new cases of COVID-19 for the three-day period from Saturday through Monday. Under U.S. CDC guidelines, masks are now recommended in all Maine counties for public indoor settings regardless of vaccination status.
3. Starting today, philosophical and religious exemptions from required vaccines will no longer be allowed in public or private schools in Maine.
4. The New England Patriots cut Cam Newton and decided to go with rookie Mac Jones as their starting quarterback. Newton posted on his Instagram Stories, “I really appreciate all of the love and support during this time, but I must say, please don’t feel sorry for me. I’m good.”
5. Starting today you can see the largest Mars rock on earth on public display in Bethel at the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum. It weighs 32 pounds and came to Earth when an asteroid hit Mars, which sent chunks of the planet flying into space.