Rep. Genevieve McDonald, D-Stonington, sits at her desk in the Maine State House with her 7-month-old twins after taking her oath of office in Augusta on Wednesday. Credit: Troy R. Bennett

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the mid-30s with mostly sunny skies in the southern part of the state, while up north will see temperatures in the 20s and snow. 

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

Murder victim’s diary could be evidence, or it could be embarrassing, lawyer says

–State prosecutors and the defense attorney for the Hampden man accused of killing his sister-in-law in July both argued Wednesday that the murder victim’s journal, which she kept at the direction of a Bangor priest, should be admitted as evidence in the homicide case against Philip Clark.

Clark’s attorney, David Bate of Bangor, said at a court hearing that the Rev. Anthony Cipolle has been “less than candid with investigators in this case.” He said the priest has invoked his Fifth Amendment right to silence and has refused to voluntarily give his DNA to be tested as part of the homicide investigation into the July death of Renee Henneberry Clark, 49.

With greater power, Democrats pledge to heal partisan rifts

–As new lawmakers were sworn in Wednesday, their leaders spoke of resetting the tone in the State House to emphasize greater civility. “Our goal here and now is to show people what government can and should be,” newly elected Senate President Troy Jackson said Wednesday.

To lure business, Lincoln moves quickly to take advantage of new federal tax break program

–The town of Lincoln is moving quickly to reap the rewards of a new federal tax break program that’s meant to lure investment to economically depressed parts of the country.

Last spring, Lincoln was among 32 areas around Maine that were selected by outgoing Gov. Paul LePage to be eligible for the federal Opportunity Zone program.

Democrats cruised to victory in all three races to become Maine’s constitutional officers

–Aaron Frey of Bangor will take over as the new attorney general and Henry Beck of Waterville will step in as the state’s new treasurer. Matt Dunlap of Old Town won a fourth consecutive term as secretary of state.

Downtown Bangor’s Tesoro will reopen in late December. Don’t worry, it’ll take credit cards.

–Two months after putting it up for sale, Tesoro Pizzeria & Restaurant owners Fortunata and Rocco Agrusa have sold their business to a pair with extensive experience in the local restaurant scene.

Do this: See holiday favorites performed around Bangor

Credit: Courtesy of Magnus Stark

–There are stories we tell again and again each holiday season, about Grinches, reindeer, magical trains and much else. In Greater Bangor, four local performing arts groups will share some of the most beloved holiday tales on stage this month — be they 19th-century parables, still relevant in 2018, or contemporary comedic romps involving rather tall elves.

In other news…


8 cats die in Lewiston fire 

How to make your own sourdough starter 

2 students charged with terrorizing after making threat to Ellsworth school 


Orono schools take steps to borrow money for $14M in building repairs, additions 

No ice? No worries: Maine Ice Fishin’ Derby and Benefit is underway 

Winterport man sentenced to 3 ½ years for role in crash that killed two


Illinois firm buys 152-year-old Maine lumber business 

Maine hospital joins fight against Trump plan that could cut Medicare payments 

Regulators turn back CMP attempt to limit transmission system access 


Ranked voting left Mainers ‘voting blind’ on Election Day, says expert arguing for Poliquin 

LePage likely to be subpoenaed in lawsuit seeking records from Trump Organization 

Judge dismisses Maine professor’s suit objecting to union’s support for Democratic causes 


Believe the Trump administration when it warns that climate change consequences are dire

It is time for standards around Supreme Court nominations 

George H.W. Bush, the last true American statesman 


Millinocket Marathon expected to draw more than double the runners in its fourth year 

‘They told me I’d never run again’: Fort Kent marathoner qualifies for US Olympic Trials 

Luongo gets 77th shutout as Panthers crush Bruins 5-0

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