Good morning. Temperatures will be in the high-30s throughout the state.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–The UMaine football has generated plenty of excitement among its fans during its run to the Football Championship Subdivision national semifinals. The Black Bears’ success also should mean an increase in financial support for the football program and the UMaine athletics department.
And remember to tune in to bangordailynews.com at 2 p.m. Saturday to follow our live coverage as the UMaine football team takes on Eastern Washington in the FCS national semifinals.
–A federal judge on Thursday rejected U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s argument that ranked-choice voting is unconstitutional and the two-term Republican congressman’s request for a new election.
Now, the Republican’s only immediate hope of reversing the results of the November election he lost to Jared Golden rests on the recount of 2nd Congressional District ballots underway in Augusta overturning the outcome of last month’s election — an unlikely prospect.
–John Hiatt, 36, wound up in a unique position after November’s election, when voters in Bangor elected him to the city’s school committee and Penobscot County voters also made him their county treasurer. But Hiatt’s position is also unique because he has autism.
–It’s unclear how Gov. Paul LePage’s administration plans to pay a contractor to run a new psychiatric facility in Bangor after a former Maine Supreme Court chief justice called it into question this week. But the administration still plans to move ahead and sign a contract with Correct Care Recovery Solutions, the Tennessee company that would run the facility for the state.
–Opossums are fairly new to the state, having expanded their territory north into southern Maine over the past decade. More and more, Mainers are encountering this highly adaptable marsupial.
And despite the creature’s less than charming appearance, some have decided that they want opossums to stick around.
–As the company that purchased the shuttered Old Town paper mill in October tries to get it back online, its efforts are getting a boost from a state tax credit program that is meant to attract investment to low-income areas.
ND Paper expects to use the $12 million in tax breaks to create or retain about 130 direct jobs, along with 635 indirect or induced jobs.
–This weekend, Maine’s own rapper Spose performs in Portland, a holiday-themed drag show strikes Bangor and a Grateful Dead/Phish night is planned in Searsmont. Meanwhile, there’s enough holiday theater throughout the state
to satisfy any taste, including “The Nutcracker,” “Elf: The Musical,” “The Santaland Diaries” and “A Musical Christmas Carol.”