A man walks toward the State House in Augusta earlier this month.

Good morning. Temperatures today will be in the 40s with mixed rain and snow showers.

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

What parents and students thought after the first remote school day

Credit: Melissa Lizotte | Star-Herald

–Across the state Wednesday, many Maine public school students awoke to the news that classes had been canceled due to snow.

But for students in one coastal Maine school district, Wednesday’s weather provided the opportunity to work on their lessons from home — the first such “remote school day” to be held in a Maine public school district.

30 percent of Maine’s whooping cough cases this season are in Hancock County

–Reported cases of whooping cough spiked in Maine last month to more than twice what that had been the prior year, according to the state’s public health agency. Of the 55 cases, 39 were in just three of Maine’s 16 counties: Hancock, York and Waldo.

Bangor Savings Bank has acquired more property on Bangor’s waterfront

Credit: Contributed Photo

–Bangor Savings Bank has purchased a 28,780-square-foot office building next to its new corporate headquarters on the Bangor waterfront as a way to accommodate future growth.

The company has no immediate plans to renovate or do anything else with the waterfront building but wanted to have the extra space as it looks to grow in the future.

A murder victim tried to take out a protection from abuse order against her killer less than six months before her death

–A court denied the request because Renee Henneberry Clark wasn’t seeking protection from a household member, blood relative or former dating partner. A bill pending in the Legislature this section would close that loophole and allow protection from abuse orders against a wider range of people.

Two Maine companies have won exemptions from costly steel tariffs that have hurt others

Credit: Matt Rourke | AP

–The two companies, Soleras Advanced Coatings of Biddeford and Eldur Corp. of Bangor, join companies across the nation that have filed nearly 50,000 applications for exemptions from the tariffs. The exemptions allow the companies to acquire materials — some of which are only available from overseas — without having to take on as much as 25 percent in additional tariff-related costs.

With preliminary rounds over, 2019 tournament quarterfinals are underway

–The first round of this year’s high school basketball tournament is officially underway today. Check out Friday’s schedule here, and track your favorite team through our tourney brackets. Don’t forget to find out where you can tune in to watch every game in the tourney.

Plus: Check out our tournament previews for both the North boys tourneys and the North girls tourneys.

Do this: Your Maine weekend guide

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–Bangor Winterfest is the place to be on Saturday, while jam band moe. plays two nights at the State Theatre in Portland and a Marilyn Manson tribute night is set for Saturday in Portland. Check out the rest of this weekend’s offerings here.

In other news…

Maine

Judge grants mistrial in Maine man’s murder trial after medical examiner changes story

Maine Wildlife Park’s ‘most excellent moose’ has died

Free fishing days mark one of the busiest weekends of the year

Bangor

The weather in Bangor will feel more like New Jersey by 2080

Hampden Academy senior seriously injured in truck crash returns to basketball team

‘Soupman’ returns to Maine to help homeless people after his son died of an overdose in Bangor

Business

Portland jetport adds seasonal flights to Denver

How to grow a marijuana business when regulations are up in the air

Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs

Politics

A consultant hired to review Maine’s child welfare system found these flaws

Senate OKs deal to avert shutdown, but Trump eyes emergency declaration for wall money

Senate confirms William Barr as attorney general

Opinion

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019: Green New Deal, how to reunify families, Non Sequitur censorship

A ‘Death of Expertise’

Budget nonsense shows Maine GOP has earned its diminished stature

Sports

Defense leads Bangor girls past Cheverus in AA North quarterfinals

Houlton boys roll past Lee Academy in C North prelim

Sumner boys use big 4th quarter to defeat Fort Fairfield in C North prelim

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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...