A heavy frost covered the greater Bangor area Thursday morning. The National Weather Service forecasts a cold front moving in for the weekend. View from Pushaw Road at Church Road in Bangor. Credit: Linda Coan O’Kresik

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low 30s throughout the state.

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

UMaine football team has a chance to make more history in tonight’s playoff game at 8 p.m.

–UMaine already made history by winning a home playoff game for the first time in the program’s 126 years as the Black Bears topped Jacksonville State 55-27 last Saturday.

Now the 12th-ranked Black Bears (9-3), the No. 7 playoff seed, can become the first UMaine team to reach the Football Championship Subdivision national semifinals if it can knock off third-ranked Weber State (10-2), seeded second, at 8 p.m. tonight in Ogden, Utah.

We’ll keep a live blog so you can stay on top of the action, play by play. Visit bangordailynews.com at 8 p.m. to follow along.

Another Maine town faces a severe shortage of police officers

–Thomaston is the latest Maine town that will have to reduce coverage hours and explore recruitment upgrades because of a shortage of police officers. When an officer leaves for training at the state criminal justice academy in January, it will leave just the police chief and one other officer to cover the town of about 3,000.

How have Paul LePage and his policies personally affected you?

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–Since he stepped into the Blaine House in January 2011, Gov. Paul LePage‘s policies and demeanor have made him a polarizing figure. To best understand his legacy, we need to learn what his impact was on the people of Maine. That’s you. Fill out our survey to tell us how LePage has touched your life.

Big investments from China could make Auburn the mushroom capital of North America

–Despite trade tensions at the top levels of government, Auburn’s mayor and other city officials have been quietly courting investment from China. The big payoff could be a $15 million to $20 million deal to open a mushroom growing center in the Maine city. Negotiations continue, with hopes for an agreement early next year and construction by 2020.

State officials proposing major change to trout fishing laws

Credit: John Holyoke

–In the northern region, general law would prohibit the use of live fish as bait, which would only be allowed on waters governed by special regulations. Two public hearings are scheduled this month to solicit feedback on the proposal.

Add Bar Harbor to the list of towns where single-use plastic bags could be banned

–The town on Mount Desert Island will hold a public hearing in January on a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags at retail establishments. You can check out this map to see which towns in Maine have now banned plastic bags.

Do this: Your Maine weekend guide

This weekend, Penobscot Theatre Company’s production of “Elf: The Musical” opens at the Bangor Opera House, Rubblebucket plays at the State Theatre in Portland on Friday and Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense plays on Saturday, and there’s an Ugly Sweater Party at the Rockport Opera House on Friday. Plus, there’s plenty of more going on.

In other news…


Bucksport man who held police at bay with grenade faces more charges for Halloween standoff

Joyce McLain murder case to be featured on Discovery Channel

Waterville gets $7.3 million from the feds to revitalize its downtown


Downtown Bangor’s Tesoro to reopen in late December, and it’ll take credit cards

Want your fill of the holiday classics? Bangor-area theaters have you covered

Three arrested after police find crack cocaine, $5,800 in Jeep


Advocates tell Janet Mills that clean energy and better roads will add good jobs

Aroostook wind power backers see opportunity if CMP transmission project fails

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


Man behind botched rollout of unemployment system gets new state job in child welfare

Judge rejects LePage bid to stall Medicaid expansion

Recount begins in Maine’s 2nd District with court decision looming


Why we must remember the ‘date which will live in infamy’

President George H.W. Bush was exceptional

Michelle Obama said what women are really thinking


Longtime assistant coach takes over for Narraguagus girls basketball team

National semifinal berth on the line as UMaine battles Weber State

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Lindsay Putnam

Lindsay Putnam is a senior editor for sports and features at the Bangor Daily News. Lindsay previously worked as an editor and reporter at the New York Post. She's a York Beach native and Colby College...