Barrels and crates of fishing rope sit at a Portland wharf on Wednesday. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Today is Monday. Temperatures will be in the low 50s to low 60s. A spring storm is hitting Maine with strong winds and heavy rain. It is expected to wrap up later this morning. See what weather is in store for the rest of the day here.

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

Invasive fish that took over a lake now threatens the rest of Maine

All it takes is one person dumping a few northern pike into a body of water to change a Maine fishery forever.

Anglers fear train derailment has damaged one of Maine’s most pristine areas

Anglers and businesses are anxiously waiting to learn of any long-lasting harm to fish habitats in the area.

PLUS: The state says the railway cleaning up the site of a train derailment near Rockwood violated environmental law.

Maine sees regional high school as model despite failed attempts

Education Commissioner Pender Makin believes the regional high school model is viable for rural Maine despite early failures.

Teaching English to multilingual students has its rewards for Bangor educator

About 3 percent of Maine’s public school students are multilingual.

Aroostook school district will use $600K to help students in crisis

The funding will allow SAD 1 to employ another social worker to help students through mental health crises.

Small Aroostook town has mishandled tax records for years, state says

Perham is one of the last Maine towns to use only paper tax records.

This Maine ski town may crack down on short-term rentals

Bethel prides itself on being the most beautiful mountain village in Maine, and it wants to keep it that way.

Supreme Court looks ready to ax Maine law letting governments profit from home seizures

Maine is one of 13 states with laws that allow local and county governments to keep the excess money from seized property sales.

Belfast rallies to revive its historic Colonial Theatre

Movie lovers want to reopen the Colonial Theatre as a nonprofit, aspiring to mirror the success of theaters in Dover-Foxcroft and Rockland.

These organizations are fighting hunger in Waldo County

One in 5 Waldo County residents struggle with hunger, which is being worsened by rising inflation and the end of expanded SNAP benefits.

Father recounts children being shot in their car on Yarmouth highway

Sean Halsey and his two children were on their way to get groceries when their car was hit by a hail of gunfire April 19 in Yarmouth.

Injury almost ended this high school basketball star’s UMaine career

John Shea had a bone in his hip tearing into the labrum, and needed two surgeries to correct it. Now he’s ready to hit the court in the fall.

Bangor field hockey coach steps down to lead girls soccer

Coach Jay Kemble led the Bangor Rams to an 8-6 regular season mark and the sixth seed for the Class A North playoffs.

Maine’s weather extremes are messing with plants

Recent wild temperature swings have wreaked havoc with plants’ dormancy cycles.

In other Maine news …

Auburn police seize more than 30 pounds of fentanyl

Naked man jumps into Lewiston canal while fleeing from police

Plymouth man dies in crash during high-speed chase

Carmel man sentenced to 10 years in prison for beating 3-year-old boy

Body found in Presumpscot River identified as missing Portland man

Judge upholds vacation rental limits approved by Bar Harbor voters in 2021

Penobscot County business’ lawsuit tests Maine’s right-to-food amendment

Maine budget surpluses rekindle GOP calls for income tax cuts

Bangor receives 60 applications for pandemic relief funds

Bangor firefighters extinguish blaze at vacant Smith Street home

Colby appoints former Bangor exchange student as dean of college

Meduxnekeag River Canoe Race draws nearly 100 paddlers

Patten residents save historic church from demolition

A Caribou artist turning riverfront waste into unique creations

UMaine baseball takes 2 of 3 games from UMass Lowell

Indianapolis Colts sign UMaine’s Zavier Scott to undrafted free agent deal

This Brewer native is rising through the Miami Marlins’ minor league ranks

The reopening of Unity Raceway’s dirt track highlights the sport’s growing popularity