Eight-year-old Cheyenne Chase, left, and her brother, Keith Chase, 6, enjoyed the ride down the hill even after they fell out of their sled during one of the runs at Hayford Park in Bangor Wednesday. Their parents Karen and Shawn drove from their home in Monroe to Bangor, because the kids really wanted to slide on this particular hill. Credit: Gabor Degre

Happy Thanksgiving. Temperatures will be in the mid-teens throughout the state with sunny skies.

Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

The district attorney has dropped the Bangor police’s original charge against Brian Barker

Credit: Gabor Degre

–Barker was shot last month by a Bangor police officer and charged with domestic violence terrorizing. The Penobscot County district attorney won’t pursue that charge, but could pursue others.

A judge ordered LePage to expand Medicaid. He plans to keep fighting it.

The 21-page ruling from Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy found that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services has “failed and refused to comply” with the law passed by Maine voters in 2017 that would expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act.

She ordered the administration to adopt rules governing the law by Dec. 5, but a spokeswoman for Gov. Paul LePage said he plans on appealing the ruling to Maine’s high court, which could delay the process.

Dick Stacey became a Maine country music showman, and his hands still stunk of gas

Credit: Emily Burnham

–For those who didn’t grow up with Dick Stacey’s Country Jamboree, it can seem a little bizarre that a low-budget, country music show produced in Bangor, Maine, would end up such a hit. It featured mostly unknown singers, some of whom couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. But for a generation of country music lovers and amused late-night TV-watchers, the Jamboree was a cult favorite, and one of the most “Maine” things to ever hit airwaves.

If you’re planning to enjoy pies today, thank your local bakers

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–Unless you made your own, of course. Bakeries in Maine are seeing more orders for Thanksgiving pies, and had staff working long hours on the days leading into the holiday to keep up with the growing demand.

In other news…

Maine

An ATM was found in the Maine woods. No one knows where it came from. 

Big Bar Harbor traffic detour cleared for Thanksgiving traffic 

Heavy wind, whiteouts in store for Thanksgiving travel as arctic air passes through Maine 

Bangor

A new Bangor sober home wants to give former inmates a chance to stay clean

18-wheeler collides with pickup on 1A in Holden, injuring two and destroying utility pole 

Bangor Superintendent Betsy Webb a finalist for national award honoring female educators 

Business

Whimsical Ellsworth building revived as antique and art shop 

Mainers see paychecks grow faster than the US average, but they’re still making less money 

Maine home sales rise in October, reversing September dropoff 

Politics

Read the judge’s full ruling backing Medicaid expansion 

LePage denies pardon for deported father 

LePage administration says tax revenue exceeds expectations again in October 

Opinion

Giving thanks for an immigrant Thanksgiving 

By all means, donate food, but the solution to hunger requires smart policy 

How a 95-year-old man will restore your faith in humanity

Sports

Hodgdon coach places third in national US Cellular Most Valuable Coach contest 

UMaine football defensive coordinator receives New England honor 

11 UMaine football players earn CAA honors; Harasymiak named coach of the year 

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