April 19, 2019
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Maine news you need to know for Thursday

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife bear team finishes a den visit in Edinburg in late February 2019.

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low-40s today throughout the state.

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

It’s a tricky decision for schools in Maine: cancel outdoor recess or don’t?

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Six-year-old Mason Gogan (center) and other first graders at the Old Town Elementary School play in the snow during outside recess Monday.

–Elementary school principals in the Bangor area agree on the importance of recess and the benefits the outdoor, unstructured play periods hold for students. But most don’t let students go outside if the temperature feels like it’s below 10 degrees. The schools also don’t typically keep track of how many days of outdoor recess students lose to the cold weather. A UMaine researcher thinks it’s rarely too cold to cancel outdoor recess. And she thinks schools should keep track of when they cancel.

Maine’s ferry fee fight isn’t over

–The state’s new transportation commissioner has launched a review process that could yield new rates for ferries to Maine islands. A flat-rate structure implemented last year prompted complaints from Islesboro residents who said it disrupted their lives and forced them to limit trips to the mainland.

Bangor Y’s new teen center is a place for kids with time to kill

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
The Bangor Region YMCA Teen Center.

–The YMCA has opened a center for teens that’s free and open from 2 to 6 p.m. every weekday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. It includes a drop-in space on its first floor with couches, tables, board games and foosball. On the second floor is a meeting room with a small computer lab and a projector. It fills a gap that existed in Bangor, where many teens had no place to spend the hours immediately after school let out.

The Navy has set its price for a line of warships that Bath Iron Works could build

–The latest Navy budget requests pegs the cost of the first vessel in a new line of frigates at $1.3 billion. Bath Iron Works is teaming with a Spanish firm on a design for the new line of frigates. The shipyard has yet to say if it will bid on what could be a $15 billion contract to build the vessels.

Former Red Sox ace Roger Clemens coming to Bangor on Saturday

Elise Amendola | AP
Elise Amendola | AP
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens pats his heart to cheering fans during a ceremony prior to a baseball game between the Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park in Boston Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

–Maine baseball fans will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to chat with the former Boston Red Sox pitcher on Saturday.

Maine leading the country in reduction of fentanyl prescriptions

–Doctors in Maine have made the sharpest reductions in the country in the amount of fentanyl they prescribe. Fentanyl prescriptions from Maine physicians fell by almost 31 percent between 2016 and 2017.

Do this: Hike Taft Point Preserve in Gouldsboro

Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN
Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN

–Taft Point Preserve covers 68 acres of forestland on the coast of Gouldsboro, and features a network of trails that altogether total about 1.5 miles. From the preserve’s rocky beaches, hikers are rewarded with views of the mountains of Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, as well Stave Island, Calf Island, Schieffelin Point and Schoodic Mountain.

In other news…

Maine

North Carolina man sentenced to life for robbing, shooting Millinocket couple

Stephen King’s ‘The Talisman’ to be made into Spielberg-produced movie

Squirrel emerges victorious in treetop showdown with bald eagle

Bangor

Man arrested at Brewer motel with fake AK-47 gets 60 days in jail

Orono voters choose 2 entrepreneurs for town council

Bangor-area voters choose veteran Democrat to fill open House seat

Business

You can soon bid online to buy this waterfront home in Maine

Latest Portland project continues hotel boom, adds rooftop bar

Hancock seafood store to reopen years after FDA violations forced it to close

Politics

Vaccination debate draws hundreds to Maine State House

Meet the Maine man who wants to be our next president

Former Trump campaign chair Manafort gets more prison time, faces new charges

Opinion

Why Trump’s budget plan doesn’t really matter

Time for an equal rights amendment, but expect a nasty fight

If a doctor prescribes a medication, a patient shouldn’t have to try others first

Sports

Winslow girls’ basketball coach rescinds her resignation after two weeks of retirement

2 graduating basketball players won’t use their last year of eligibility at UMaine

Disappointing regular season for Black Bear hockey. Will postseason be different?



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