Workers finish setting up before the gates open on the first day of the Bangor State Fair Thursday, August 3, 2023. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

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

‘We’re losing’: Texts show Maine Democrats scrambling to save abortion bill

The text messages between Maine’s Democratic leaders showed they were on the verge of losing the key vote.

A surprising Maine town has seen home prices double since 2020

Rumford is shaking its image as primarily a mill town and that is attracting more people to compete for housing.

Warming climate could create nuclear waste problems in Maine

If the nuclear waste site were to flood, the concrete and steel barrels that hold the nuclear waste could corrode and threaten the local waterways.

Island Nursing Home wants to sell naming rights to raise money

This is the latest in the efforts to raise funds the board of directors say are necessary to revive the shuttered facility.

Hampden developer completes 36-unit housing development 

Twenty-three of the new 1,400-square-foot single-family homes will be sold to families earning under $97,560 a year.

What Maine could do to kill more invasive green crabs

The rapidly expanding green crab population along Maine’s coast poses a threat to other fisheries, and desperately needs management.

Loring Development Authority owes Limestone $1.2M in public safety bills

The Loring Development Authority has racked up a bill of $1.2 million over the last eight years for fire and police protection.

Temporary bridge being installed in Old Town ahead of major replacement

The Old Town bridge replacement plan is estimated to cost $28,787,000 in full, but is necessary for the more than 70-year-old structure.

Lake homes overtaking camps in northern Aroostook County

Once home to remote and no-frills hunting camps, Aroostook County’s lakeside views are enticing lucrative buyers.

Susan Collins: Hunter Biden demands same scrutiny as Donald Trump

“The allegations against Hunter Biden are serious, and they do deserve the same kind of in-depth investigation,” the senator said Friday.

In other Maine news…

After uncovering misuse of funds, a Maine town clerk spars with selectmen

UMaine football needs to limit opponents’ big plays this season

Photos: Bangor State Fair kicks off at Bass Park

Sanford community shocked after SUV kills man and his grandson working in yard

Maine woman charged after 23 animals found living in squalor  

Former UMaine receiver Dre Miller signs with Packers

1 killed in 2-vehicle Dover-Foxcroft crash

Purple vapor billows out of Portland waste management facility for 2nd day

Belfast board ordered to reconsider challenge to fish farm

17-year-old from Lincoln killed in single-vehicle crash

The early arguments in Maine’s biggest 2023 referendum campaigns

This dog helps Maine biologists protect turtles from illegal pet market

Brewer company known for innovative bridge technology files for bankruptcy

UMaine women’s soccer team has ‘unfinished business’ after breakthrough 2022 season

Ruth White top Maine women’s finisher at Beach to Beacon

Couple who served western Maine town charged with stealing fire department money

Inside Maine’s ‘Milk With Dignity’ movement

Trenton rallies again to earn berth in American Legion regional title game

Cute kitty clips come to Maine in CatVideoFest

Albion man indicted for fatal China crash

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.