What were the top stories for Maine in 2009?

Posted Dec. 28, 2009, at 2:01 p.m.

Here are some that come to mind, but reader suggestions are welcomed: Maine’s state budget woes worsened this year as the national economy bottomed out; the recession’s effect on Maine; state voters repealed a landmark same-sex marriage law; initiatives to limit state and local government revenues were defeated at the polls; the H1N1 flu; the drop in heating fuel and gasoline prices; FairPoint’s take-over of Verizon’s landlines and its subsequent bankruptcy filing; and the rise of wind power projects.

Extra credit: what will the top story of 2010 be?