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Maine news you need to know for Wednesday

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
A lobsterman hauls a trap off Bowman Island where an overnight snowfall coats the trees, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Freeport, Maine.

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the high 30s to mid-40s from north to south.

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

Bangor breaks ground on decade-long effort to keep raw sewage out of Penobscot River

Charles Eichacker | BDN
Charles Eichacker | BDN
Workers have excavated a large hole at the intersection of Main and Railroad streets to replace the sewer infrastructure in that area with the eventual goal of stopping more sewage overflow from entering the Penobscot River as part of a consent decree with the DEP and EPA.

–As part of the first leg of the project to reduce the flow of raw sewage into the Penobscot River, workers have dug a large hole in the grassy area between the new Bangor Savings Bank campus and Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on Main Street. The work will pause during the summer concert season. It’s part of Bangor’s efforts to comply with a 2015 agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A popular midcoast kitchen will soon bring its Italian comfort food to Portland

–A second Ada’s Kitchen location — joining the flagship location in Rockland — will be opening on Congress Street in Portland this summer. It will serve casual Italian fare to eat in or take home.

Husson wrestler overcomes news of uncle’s shooting death to win national championship

SJanickiphotography.com | BDN
SJanickiphotography.com | BDN

–Three early victories advanced Danny Buteau to Friday’s 141-pound quarterfinals, but moments before he stepped onto the mat again he received some horrifying news from home — his 26-year-old uncle, Shane Sauer, had been killed during a shooting in Swanville. “When I talked to my mom on the phone, she told me to do it for Shane. There was just so much pressure, and it wasn’t that easy because the guys I was fighting were good. I just didn’t want to let anybody down, and I’m glad I didn’t.”

Maine House gives early OK to replacing Columbus Day with holiday honoring native people

–The Maine House of Representatives initially approved a bill on Tuesday that would make the state join several others and a handful of municipalities including Bangor by recognizing the October holiday of Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day. It faces further action in the House and Senate.

High expectations dashed as UMaine men’s hockey team underachieves

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
The University of Maine’s Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup (right) and the University of New Hampshire’s Brendan Van Riemsdyk batle for the puck during the Jan. 21 game in at the Alfond Arena in Orono.

–A program that reached the NCAA Frozen Four six times in nine years between 1999 and 2007 hasn’t even advanced to the Hockey East semifinals since 2012. The Black Bears have mustered only two winning seasons since 2012 and have lost nine consecutive Hockey East playoff road games. With the exception of penalty-killing (84.9 percent efficiency rate), there was not another aspect of their game that was consistent this season.

An organization that serves island residents on a vessel named Sunbeam has named its replacement Moonbeam

–The Maine Seacoast Mission elementary school students on the islands it serves picked “Moonbeam” as the name of its interim outreach vessel. The group said the name won out over “Hope” and “Promineo.” The Sunbeam is getting a major overhaul. In its place, the Moonbeam will bring a nurse to island residents for visits as well as artists and performers.

Do this: Tell Aislinn where she should hike next!

Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN
Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN

–“Even though I’ve been writing about Maine hikes for 7.5 years, I haven’t even come close to walking every trail in the state. In fact, I have a long list of Maine trails that I haven’t hiked yet but aim to in the future,” writes BDN Outdoors reporter Aislinn Sarnacki. Help her build her list of outdoor adventures for the summer by recommending destinations.

In other news…

Maine

Sidney home fire believed to be tied to apparent murder-suicide 20 miles away

Arkansas police arrest 2 men in Westbrook native’s shooting death in gas station holdup

Carpenter who hires Maine immigrants frustrated by ‘racist’ responses to his workers

Bangor

IRS to reopen Bangor taxpayer assistance center Wednesday

Downtown Bangor won’t have a giant water slide this year, but it could have a rideable balloon

Bangor seeking bids for solar project after study predicts $4 million in energy savings

Business

Biggest union at Bath Iron Works votes no confidence in its president

US, Canada lobstermen to gather in Maine to discuss future of fishery

Angus King, Jared Golden introducing bill to get teenagers involved in logging

Politics

Susan Collins again claims top rank for bipartisanship

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard could lose millions in funding to build Trump’s border wall

Records show FBI was probing Michael Cohen long before raid

Opinion

Maine’s minimum wage is working. Lawmakers shouldn’t weaken it.

Affirmative action for the rich and other lessons from the college cheating scandal

Food shaming Maine’s children is wrong

Sports

New Hampshire standout commits to UMaine women’s basketball team

Prosecutors offer to drop charges against Patriots owner Robert Kraft in prostitution case

Mike Trout, Angels close to finalizing biggest contract in sports history

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