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This is what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Maine lawmakers reach deal on heating aid package after long hearing

The package will likely provide $450 relief checks for most Mainers, which could go out in late January if the Legislature approves the deal.

How Maine politicians cut a landmark deal to delay lobster rules

Years of work against the lobster regulations culminated in weeks of careful negotiations with congressional leaders and the White House.

Men claim a priest and nun sexually abused them at Catholic schools in Bangor

The diocese now faces 14 lawsuits since the Legislature changed the law to expand the statute of limitations on sexual abuse litigation.

Eastport wants to attract an airline to provide flights to Portland

Having regular airline service in Eastport could connect an aging population to medical care, and spur economic growth in the region.

Old Waterville hospital tower will be developed into 67 apartments

The $25 million project calls for a mix of apartments that qualify as affordable. Rentals start at about $900 for one-bedroom and $1,000 for two-bedroom apartments.

Penobscot County gives out $2.2M in COVID funds for housing

Penquis will spend $1.25 million on a 46-unit low-income apartment project in Millinocket and about $557,000 to purchase homes in foreclosure.

Searsport appoints new fire chief 6 months after former chief resigned

Antonio Rivera was voted in unanimously on Tuesday, but has yet to accept the position.

Bar Harbor could get 1st dog park on MDI

There are few places across the island designed specifically for our good boys and girls.

Cooper Flagg named USA Basketball’s Male Athlete of the Year

The former Nokomis High School standout helped the U.S. win a world championship at the FIBA Men’s U17 World Cup.

This Brewer freshman might already be Maine’s best swimmer

Brynn Lavigueur, 15, is already the fastest swimmer that Brewer swimming and diving coach Carmen Williams has seen at Brewer.

2 Mainers and a left-handed QB headline UMaine football’s new recruiting class

Cape Elizabeth running back-wide receiver Nick Laughlin and Wells High School punter-kicker Michael Lewinski will be joining the program.

Make this easy, boozy chocolate mousse for the holidays

“You’re probably going to need at least one speedy dessert fancy enough for a special occasion in the next couple of weeks.”

In other Maine news …

Bangor vigil honors homeless residents who have died

Police arrest Bangor Savings robbery suspect

Maine Med nurses say hospital has illegally ended some paid leave benefits

Home sales declined in November as inventory remains low

Engineers find about 1,000 discrepancies in Maine’s federal broadband map

Flavored tobacco sales banned in South Portland starting April 1

Mills-LePage election was most expensive governor’s race in Maine

Woman hospitalized after colliding with tractor-trailer in Woodstock

Sexual abuse lawsuits against former Biddeford police officer settled

York County community fighting pickleball court expansion due to noise

New program provides Belfast teens with hands-on law enforcement experience

Marc-Andre Perron paces Bangor High to hockey win over St. Dom’s

UMaine men’s basketball falls to Ohio State in lopsided loss