Good morning. Temperatures will be in the 20s and 30s throughout the state with some clouds and sun.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
—Nearly three drug-affected babies were born each day in Maine from 2013-2017, severely taxing hospitals, the foster care system and other resources.
–Belfast voted to withdraw from the organization amid a conflict between Mayor Samantha Paradis and city councilors. Paradis has said the city will suffer from severing those ties, so the BDN took a look at what the group does and what it aims to accomplish in 2019.
–The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is starting to review Longroad Energy’s proposal to erect a 22-turbine wind farm in northeastern Hancock County. Meanwhile, another state body has said the proposal would be an allowed use of the land on which it’s slated to be developed.
–The utility’s leaders aren’t saying much about what that means, although they do note that investment in transmission lines and capital projects in Maine rose significantly in 2018 over 2017. Most of the parent company’s investment during the next three years will be in Atlantic Canada and Florida, moves that a company official said would give Emera the highest growth in earnings per share and reduce its debt.
–A $500,000 gift to the Woodlawn Museum puts an $8 million addition within reach. The addition, a new barn, would allow the museum to expand school programming and to host revenue-generating functions in a new banquet hall.
In other news …
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