Good morning. Temperatures will be in the mid-30s with mostly sunny skies in the southern part of the state, while up north will see temperatures in the 20s and snow.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–State prosecutors and the defense attorney for the Hampden man accused of killing his sister-in-law in July both argued Wednesday that the murder victim’s journal, which she kept at the direction of a Bangor priest, should be admitted as evidence in the homicide case against Philip Clark.
Clark’s attorney, David Bate of Bangor, said at a court hearing that the Rev. Anthony Cipolle has been “less than candid with investigators in this case.” He said the priest has invoked his Fifth Amendment right to silence and has refused to voluntarily give his DNA to be tested as part of the homicide investigation into the July death of Renee Henneberry Clark, 49.
–As new lawmakers were sworn in Wednesday, their leaders spoke of resetting the tone in the State House to emphasize greater civility. “Our goal here and now is to show people what government can and should be,” newly elected Senate President Troy Jackson said Wednesday.
–The town of Lincoln is moving quickly to reap the rewards of a new federal tax break program that’s meant to lure investment to economically depressed parts of the country.
Last spring, Lincoln was among 32 areas around Maine that were selected by outgoing Gov. Paul LePage to be eligible for the federal Opportunity Zone program.
–Aaron Frey of Bangor will take over as the new attorney general and Henry Beck of Waterville will step in as the state’s new treasurer. Matt Dunlap of Old Town won a fourth consecutive term as secretary of state.
–Two months after putting it up for sale, Tesoro Pizzeria & Restaurant owners Fortunata and Rocco Agrusa have sold their business to a pair with extensive experience in the local restaurant scene.
–There are stories we tell again and again each holiday season, about Grinches, reindeer, magical trains and much else. In Greater Bangor, four local performing arts groups will share some of the most beloved holiday tales on stage this month — be they 19th-century parables, still relevant in 2018, or contemporary comedic romps involving rather tall elves.
In other news…
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