July 18, 2019
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Maine news you need to know for Tuesday

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
A gull appears to fly over a morning moon in Portland.

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the 20s with snow late in the afternoon. A storm will be developing overnight and could bring nearly a foot of snow across the state Wednesday morning.

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

Mills uses budget speech to further chip away at LePage legacy

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Gov. Janet Mills delivers her State of the Budget address to the Legislature, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at the State House in Augusta, Maine.

–The new Democratic governor tried to thread a political needle with her budget proposal, which would hike spending by 11 percent over the baseline of the current budget while fulfilling promises to not raise taxes, fund voter-approved Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act and boost school funding by $126 million.

Bangor is ‘that close’ to ending long-term homelessness

–A Maine housing developer has received $350,000 from the federal government to build additional housing in the Bangor area in an effort that could nearly rid the city of long-term homelessness.

New DIF&W chief says communicating with Mainers is a top priority

Maine Department of Inland Fishe | BDN
Maine Department of Inland Fishe | BDN
Judy Camuso and a Maine game warden band peregrine falcons during Camuso's time during her tenure as a wildlife biologist. In 2019 Camuso was appointed as commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

–As Judy Camuso begins her tenure as commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, she has a clear focus on one thing that must change over the coming years: The agency that she knew — or didn’t know — before her arrival 12 years ago must become better at defining itself to all Mainers.

Storm could bring another foot of snow to Maine on Wednesday

–A fresh round of snow is heading into Maine later this week, and it could dump close to a foot of snow over most of the state in time for the Wednesday morning commute.

Tony Sohns, collector of bugs and co-owner of popular Bangor-area shops, dies at 41

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Kate Dickerson (left), founder of the Maine Science Festival, and Tony Sohns, co-owner of The Rock & Art Shop, check out a collection of each naturally occurring element that can be found on the Periodic Table of Elements in this Feb. 26, 2016, file photo.

–Tony Sohns, a collector of rare minerals and strange creatures whose ability to spot nature’s eccentricities found an outlet in the Rock and Art Shop, a popular set of stores in the Bangor region that he co-founded with his family, died last week while on a business trip to Arizona.

A fast-growing Greater Bangor church is expanding in two towns

–The Rock Church, one of Greater Bangor’s fastest growing congregations, is expanding on two fronts. It recently moved into a larger space in Old Town as it finalizes plans to erect a new building at its Bangor property on Ohio Street.

Eat this: 8 recipes to keep you cozy throughout winter

Sarah Walker Caron | BDN
Sarah Walker Caron | BDN
Whip up these recipes to stay warm and cozy all winter long.

–Consider buying the ingredients today, just in case tomorrow is a snow day. These recipes are sure to keep you warm and cozy while the snow is falling outside.

In other news …

Maine

How one Maine school aims to cut $30,000 or more from the cost of college

Why the middle of winter is the best time to order bees

The first recorded Native American songs were captured in Calais in 1890

Bangor

Orono man arrested after infant left in his care suffers skull fracture

Senior guard dismissed from Hampden Academy boys basketball team

Heart and Sheryl Crow to perform in Bangor this summer

Business

Maine coffee roaster reports confusion over shared name with CBD

Waterfront access becomes the latest cause for conflict in Belfast

CMP told 62,000 customers they were getting refunds. That was a mistake.

Politics

Maine tribal leaders make the case for changing ‘Columbus Day’ to ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’

Lawmakers rebuff bid to criminalize use of ‘obscene’ materials in Maine schools

Anti-sexual harassment trainer won’t return after State House lobbyists fault program

Opinion

We need equality in health care. Will Medicare for all deliver it?

Room for improvement in Maine’s referendum process

Doing what’s right for workers is good for business

Sports

How to watch every Maine high school basketball tourney game

Patriots fans sure don’t need a new professional football league

High school wrestling championship results

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