1. Russian forces kept up their bombardment of the port city of Mariupol on Thursday. More than 1,300 people have died in the 10-day siege of the city.
2. Whether you’re traveling on a train, bus or plane, you’ll need a mask for at least the next six weeks. The TSA extended the transit mandate through April 18.
3. Governor Janet Mills submitted her petition Wednesday with more than the 2,000 signatures required to qualify for Maine’s June 14 party primaries and was certified by the Secretary of State. No other Democrat has submitted a ballot petition.
4. For the first time in weeks, the average price of gas in Maine has dropped. According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular gas Friday morning was $4.29. That was down two cents from the all-time record set the day before.
5. Major League Baseball reached an agreement with its union on Thursday, ending the 99-day lockout. Both sides agreed to a deal that will increase the league’s minimum pay, provide a fund for high-achieving young players, and a universal designated hitter in both leagues. The league’s expected to play a 162 game season with doubleheaders and a three-day extension in October. The regular season should start on April 7th; players are expected to report for spring training as soon as possible.
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