Artist Matt Willey hand painted 50,000 honey bees in murals around the world like this one on a wall of Pepino's Mexican Restaurant on Park Street in Bangor. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

Today is Wednesday. Temperatures will be in the low to high 80s with mostly sunny skies throughout the state. See what the weather for the rest of the day will be here.

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

Wednesday’s search will involve the Marine Patrol’s vessels, along with aerial support, as searchers comb the area near Petit Manan Point.

Offshore wind bill and flag vote included in $11M Maine budget addition

Lawmakers added $11 million in spending to Maine’s budget on Tuesday, the final scheduled day of work in 2023.

Foreign electioneering ban goes to ballot after lawmakers uphold Janet Mills’ vetoes

Two bills failed to win the two-thirds majorities needed to override a veto in the House of Representatives.

Joe Biden plans Auburn visit to tout manufacturing gains on Friday

The closely divided city is in one of the two key population centers in Maine’s swing 2nd Congressional District.

The Maine towns with the most ‘forever chemicals’ in their wastewater

The Bangor Wastewater Treatment Facility is discharging the greatest amount of PFAS of any other wastewater facility in Maine.

Applicants describe Bangor’s pandemic relief funding process as ‘a cage fight’

“The federal government was very quick to get this money approved and sent out, but when it got to Bangor, it just sat for years.”

Influx of new senior apartments will help ease Bangor’s housing shortage

Bangor city councilors unanimously approved giving $2 million in pandemic relief funding to support BangorHousing plan to build apartments for seniors.

What is BigRock doing with all that money?

A $5.4 million improvement project in northern Maine could boost skiing tourism in the area by 30 percent within the next few years.

Northern Maine Fair will feature a former NASCAR champ

The fair takes place Thursday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Presque Isle fairgrounds.

3 midcoast towns block future mining as they seek long-term solutions

The impacts of potential pollution from mining projects has triggered a handful of moratoriums as towns scramble to update their approaches.

Residents are in a standoff with assessors in a tiny Maine plantation

Residents are threatening to keep the municipality shut down until two longtime assessors resign.

There’s nothing else like Portland’s burlesque scene

Portland’s burlesque scene has evolved from the traditional into something that embraces queer creativity and performance art.

Watch the lengths deer will go to avoid confrontation

Today’s video from Allie Ladd is a compilation of three clips that feature deer — and one of their forest friends.

I learned a painful fishing lesson after stabbing a hook in my thumb

“No amount of careful consideration, caution or preparedness can prevent the inevitable from happening to any serious fisherman.”

There should be plenty of homegrown produce to preserve this season

Maine farmers know by now that they have to adapt their techniques when the weather is unpredictable, and that extends to food preservation.

In other Maine news …

Voters will decide whether to restore obligations to tribes to Maine Constitution

A ‘literary beer’ is the latest creation from a Maine brewery

Woman killed in Milford crash

Man seriously injured in I-95 crash after attempting illegal turn

2 bodies retrieved in separate Penobscot County drownings

Broccoli at Caribou farm to be destroyed after illegal pesticide detected

Conservative activist Leonard Leo’s nonprofit now owns Northeast Harbor church

Belfast stabbing suspect pleads not guilty to attacking homeless man

Child sex abuse charges dropped against Maine pastor

Man accused of starting Bath elementary school fire expected to plead guilty

2 state workers injured in Cushing

Man reported missing from Boothbay Harbor campground

The path to reviving Lewiston’s Tree Streets neighborhood starts at a historic home

Concrete crashes through car windshield after falling from Maine interstate bridge

UMaine hires a deputy athletic director

UMaine football captain transfers to Rutgers

UMaine football picked near last in preseason coaches poll