The executive director of the Wildlife Alliance of Maine believes that coyote bait could have caused the deaths of the Parkman and Guilford area dogs and cat we reported on earlier this week. Daryl Dejoy said those who want to rid the state of coyotes place mounds of cat and dog food soaked in antifreeze in the woods. He wants you to be aware it’s happening and for those doing it to stop. Reporter: Diana Bowley

There are a few controversial bills that have been filed thus far in the new legislative session in Augusta. They include bills to legalize fireworks, roll back seat belt laws and increase the length of the school year. That’s just to name a few. Reporter: Kevin Miller

Did you know inmates at the Maine State Prison in Warren can earn college credit by studying? We examine the program, including how many prisoners are taking part, how it changes the prison, how much it costs and its effect on recidivism. Reporter: Heather Steeves

On Saturday, Gov. Paul LePage will hold the first of what he says will be weekly constituent hours where regular folks can meet face-to-face with him. We’ll tell you how you can meet with the governor. Reporter: Kevin Miller

In our Outdoors section, we’ll tell you about the BDN’s “Original Ice Shack” contest, sponsored by Old Town Trading Post. First prize, $1,000 gift card; second, $600 gift card; third, $400 gift card. As the contest unfolds, we’ll post plenty of photos of these swanky shelters dotting Maine’s lakes and ponds.

Sports reporter Larry Mahoney will cover the college hockey game between the University of Maine and Providence in Orono, and our staff will bring you results of high school boys and girls basketball contests.