Click here for the latest coronavirus news, which the BDN has made free for the public. You can support our critical reporting on the coronavirus by purchasing a digital subscription or donating directly to the newsroom. Maine Sen. Angus King and several Democrats in the U.S. Senate called on Wednesday for a future stimulus bill aimed at coronavirus relief to include money to support local news organizations. King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, signed a letter with 18 Senate Democrats that characterized local news organizations as “in a state of crisis” that was only “exacerbated” by the coronavirus pandemic. [Our COVID-19 tracker contains the most recent information on Maine cases by county] “Reliable local news and information has been critically important during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet it has become more scarce,” the senators wrote. The virus is expected to further harm news organizations that have struggled to rebuild since the Great Recession.

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