The occupants of the Easter basket cheer as they cross the finish line in first place at Lost Valley's Annual Beach Bash cardboard box race in Auburn on Sunday. From left are Bronwyn Schuft, 7, Siena Fusari, 7, Maddy Schuft, 9, and Zoey Carfagno, 10. The four girls are pass holders and live in Freeport and have plans to go to many more cardboard box races. Credit: Andree Kehn / Sun Journal via AP

Today is Thursday. Temperatures will be in the low 40s to mid-50s from north to south, with freezing rain and sleet up north and rain down south. See what weather is in store for the rest of the day here. Here’s the latest on gas prices in Maine.

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

Maine AG Aaron Frey in romantic relationship with employee he supervised

Aaron Frey apologized for “an error in judgment,” but said the relationship did not break state law.

Top Maine Democrat ‘deeply disappointed’ in AG Aaron Frey

A spokesperson for Senate President Troy Jackson said Frey’s actions “reflect poorly on him and the office he holds.”

Penobscot County commissioner voted to give contract to his business associate

Andre Cushing worked with Zach Lingley in 2022 on advocacy efforts for kratom, a substance that can produce opioid- and stimulant-like effects.

The 1st Republican declares a 2024 run against Jared Golden

Robert Cross of Dedham is the first but almost assuredly not the last Republican to vie for the chance to challenge Jared Golden.

Jill Biden tours SMCC to highlight workforce training successes

Maine’s community colleges have seen an influx of students following the rollout of Gov. Janet Mills’ free tuition program.

A jury will answer these questions about the CMP corridor’s fate

The central question is whether the $1 billion CMP corridor was far enough long to give its backers the “vested rights” to complete it.

The major dates in Maine’s battle over the CMP corridor

The five-year battle over the $1 billion hydropower corridor through western Maine reaches a critical juncture Monday.

Total solar eclipse could draw more than 20,000 to Houlton in 2024

Eclipse chasers from as far away as the Caribbean have already made plans to come to Houlton next spring.

New partner selected to restart Hampden trash plant

The deal between the Municipal Review Committee and Innovative Resource Recovery could close by June 2, 2023.

Bangor schools approve $56.5 million budget 

It’s unclear how the 6.5 percent budget increase will affect Bangor’s tax rate because the municipal budget hasn’t been finalized.

Honeybee-themed mural planned to beautify downtown Bangor this summer

The mural is part of a 20-year effort to paint 50,000 honeybees — the average number of bees in a healthy hive — in murals across the world.

Popular Dedham beach will be closed this summer

A new generation is taking over Jenkins Beach and its properties, which will undergo renovations this summer.

Mother sues Damariscotta school alleging counselor helped her child transition gender

The lawsuit alleges school officials at Great Salt Bay Community School helped a 13-year-old begin transitioning from female to male without informing the child’s mother.

How to prevent birds from crashing into your windows

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates between 388 million and 988 million birds die each year after flying into window glass.

In other Maine news …

Moose hit by 2 ambulances in rural Hancock County

Belfast’s new poet laureate moved to city for the creative scene

Belfast appoints new finance director

Software company moving from Bangor to Orono adding jobs with new office

French musician finds healing and opportunities in Aroostook County

Missing South Portland woman has been found

As the Gulf of Maine warms, a hardier clam could offer business opportunities

Maine lawmakers to consider bills to expand abortion access

Maine lawmakers to vote on expanding youth deer hunt to 2 days