Good morning. Temperatures will be in the 30s with sunny skies throughout the state.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–Orson Horchler, who operates Bondeko carpentry, only hires new Mainers to help with his construction and remodeling jobs. He remembers his own difficult immigrant experience, coming from the Paris suburbs 20 years ago. He wants to give other immigrants the help he never got.
But racist responses to his workers make him want to quit and leave Maine for good.
–Since 2010, Maine has broken five daytime record high temperatures for every record low temperature, according to a new Associated Press data analysis of temperature trends across the United States.
The study shows that record high temperatures are on the rise in all regions across the country, though in some regions, such as the Northeast, the trend is more pronounced.
–The elimination of some itemized deductions has pushed many Mainers to use the standard deduction instead of itemizing when filing their 2018 taxes. While most tax filers — especially individuals — have benefited from the changes, some larger households and people who had previously taken major work-related deductions have suffered.
–Bangor officials will soon seek bids for the development of solar arrays on unused city property after a recent study estimated such a project could save the city $4 million on electricity costs over the next four decades.
The study by Maine-based solar energy developer ReVision Energy, Inc. also helped identify a site at the corner of Maine Avenue and Godfrey Boulevard where the city could, with some work, place 17 rows of solar panels.
–Maine may have to pay back more than $72 million to the federal government resulting from the decertification of Riverview Psychiatric Center after federal officials earlier this month rejected an appeal filed by former Gov. Paul LePage.
–The University of Maine women’s basketball team will play a team it has already faced this season in the NCAA tournament.
Coach Amy Vachon’s America East champion Black Bears, 25-7 and a No. 14 seed, travel to Raleigh, North Carolina, to face No. 3 seed North Carolina State (26-5) at 1 p.m. Saturday.
In other news …
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