Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low 30s throughout the state.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–UMaine already made history by winning a home playoff game for the first time in the program’s 126 years as the Black Bears topped Jacksonville State 55-27 last Saturday.
Now the 12th-ranked Black Bears (9-3), the No. 7 playoff seed, can become the first UMaine team to reach the Football Championship Subdivision national semifinals if it can knock off third-ranked Weber State (10-2), seeded second, at 8 p.m. tonight in Ogden, Utah.
We’ll keep a live blog so you can stay on top of the action, play by play. Visit bangordailynews.com at 8 p.m. to follow along.
–Thomaston is the latest Maine town that will have to reduce coverage hours and explore recruitment upgrades because of a shortage of police officers. When an officer leaves for training at the state criminal justice academy in January, it will leave just the police chief and one other officer to cover the town of about 3,000.
–Since he stepped into the Blaine House in January 2011, Gov. Paul LePage‘s policies and demeanor have made him a polarizing figure. To best understand his legacy, we need to learn what his impact was on the people of Maine. That’s you. Fill out our survey to tell us how LePage has touched your life.
–Despite trade tensions at the top levels of government, Auburn’s mayor and other city officials have been quietly courting investment from China. The big payoff could be a $15 million to $20 million deal to open a mushroom growing center in the Maine city. Negotiations continue, with hopes for an agreement early next year and construction by 2020.
–In the northern region, general law would prohibit the use of live fish as bait, which would only be allowed on waters governed by special regulations. Two public hearings are scheduled this month to solicit feedback on the proposal.
–The town on Mount Desert Island will hold a public hearing in January on a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags at retail establishments. You can check out this map to see which towns in Maine have now banned plastic bags.
This weekend, Penobscot Theatre Company’s production of “Elf: The Musical” opens at the Bangor Opera House, Rubblebucket plays at the State Theatre in Portland on Friday and Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense plays on Saturday, and there’s an Ugly Sweater Party at the Rockport Opera House on Friday. Plus, there’s plenty of more going on.