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$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.

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Vice President Mike Pence listens as Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris speaks during the vice presidential debate
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$240M gift to Maine university system the largest ever given to New England public educational institution

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

The $240 million gift is the largest one out of $500 million 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.

The investment over 12 years will allow the University of Maine System to establish a $75 million College of Engineering, Computing and Information Science that serves multiple campuses in the university system. It will pay for new undergraduate engineering programs at the University of Southern Maine, improvements to the engineering education infrastructure at the University of Maine in Orono and graduate engineering programs offered by USM

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