$240M university gift / Return of theater / History of pot in Maine



Today is Thursday. Temperatures will be in the high 40s to the high 50s from north to south with partly sunny skies throughout the state and a chance for scattered showers in the north. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus in Maine

Another 48 coronavirus cases were reported in Maine on Wednesday, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There are 582 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state and the death toll remains at 142. Check out our COVID-19 Tracker for more information.

Bangor students will not have snow days this school year, even when inclement weather makes it unsafe for them to travel to school.

Takeaways from Wednesday’s vice presidential debate: Pandemic looms over a more civil fight

Vice President Mike Pence listens as Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris speaks during the vice presidential debate Wednesday at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Credit: Justin Sullivan / AP

In normal times, vice presidential debates don’t matter much. But in an election year as wild as 2020, everything is magnified. Here are key early takeaways from the only vice presidential debate ahead of the Nov. 3 Election Day.

$240M gift to Maine university system the largest ever given to New England public educational institution

In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, the University of Maine black bear outside of Memorial Gym is decorated in a blue mask. Credit: Linda Coan O’Kresik / BDN Credit: Linda Coan O’Kresik / BDN

The University of Maine System said Wednesday it will receive $240 million from the state’s largest philanthropy, the largest investment ever made in a public educational institution in New England.

The $240 million gift is also the largest one out of $500 million in gifts the Harold Alfond Foundation pledged on Tuesday to a variety of higher education and research institutions around the state as part of a long-term initiative to create future jobs and improve Maine people’s skills.

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