Baby ferns unfurl as they grow from the forest floor of Seaward Mills Stream Conservation Area in Vassalboro, April 25, 2019. Credit: Aislinn Sarnacki

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the 50s, with partly sunny skies throughout the state and a chance for rain showers later in the day.

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

Found on a frozen lake, she waits in jail with her ‘ghosts,’ unable to pay $500

Credit: Courtesy of Frank Garboski

–Between 1995 and 2005, the average daily population in Maine jails nearly doubled. That growth was driven not by a sharp increase in people serving sentences for crimes but an increase in the number of prisoners like Ashley Garboski of Belgrade who were being held prior to their conviction.

Should an ex-girlfriend have visitation rights to Honey the dog? Maine’s high court to decide

–The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a custody battle over a dog. A Bangor woman is challenging a District Court ruling that found her ex-boyfriend was the sole owner of Honey the dog because his signature was on the adoption papers. Honey the dog is more than property, she’s arguing.

Doctors leave EMMC as changes cut time with patients, push morale to ‘all-time low’

Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik

–At least eight doctors are resigning from Bangor’s Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center amid a push by the hospital to reduce their ranks, cut their benefits and have fewer doctors work each day, forcing those on duty to see more patients in a shift. The resignations also come as doctors from departments across the Bangor hospital have criticized management for sidelining them from recent major decisions.

The Swan’s Island lighthouse is getting its first facelift in almost 40 years

–A Portland-based company that handles historic structures is replacing cracked and shattered brickwork on the square-shaped tower of the Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station. The work started in mid-April and is expected to cost about $172,000. Normally open for the summer season, the light tower and keeper’s house will close as the restoration happens.

Try this: What started as a brewing club among friends has grown into a ‘farm share’ program for beer

–Frosty Bottom Brewing in Belfast is an effort to make a community-supported brewery work in Maine, Akin to buying a farm share, those who purchase a beer share will be able to pick up two half gallon growlers a month from the brewery.

In other news …


NASA leader tells UMaine graduates teamwork is the key to success

Man and woman dead after apparent murder-suicide in Lebanon, police say

1 killed in wrong way crash on I-95 in Augusta


Orrington man accused of shooting another man multiple times in downtown Bangor

1 Bangor park could get a skate park this year. Another could get pickleball courts.

After a decade-long delay, Orrington moves ahead with a new riverfront business park


Online sales have helped a Maine company that ships lobsters overnight double its earnings every year since 2012

Maine gets first of more than 270 cruise ship visits scheduled for 2019

Lawsuit from NY restaurant accuses salmon farmers of price fixing


Numerous gun control bills draw support and pushback from Mainers

As new leaders take over Maine’s child welfare system, caseworkers say they’re still ‘drowning’

How Maine’s members of Congress voted last week


CMP’s transmission project will bring lasting benefits to Maine

Let’s be better at disagreeing with each other

Political infighting gets in the way of real policy debates


Speedway 95’s track opened Saturday, and owners are optimistic for the new racing season

Bangor-Brewer football rivalry returns to the regular season

Bangor pitcher ready to make first start in a month for UMaine

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