Morning Links - Friday, February 9, 2024

Asylum Seekers

Asylum seekers enter pre-apprenticeship program, ready to enter Maine's workforce πŸ› WGME

Business

Portland-based Wex reports strong growth in 2023 πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Climate Emergency

Wyman’s installs 35-acre solar farm to power Down East operations πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Education

Even with more state funding, Maine school officials expect a challenging budget picture πŸ› Maine Public

Colby College receives $50 million gift to be used for financial aid πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Food and Drink

Lib's Dairy Treats reopens for a day during Maine's warm weekend πŸ› WGME

Maine Food & Dining News: Northport, Dover-Foxcroft, Union, Alna, Presque Isle πŸ› Portland Food Map

Portland, Maine Super Bowl Food Specials: Takeout, Delivery and Dine In πŸ› Portland Old Port

Gambling

With three months in the books, Maine sports betting readies for Super Bowl πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Guns

Local police describe frantic search for Lewiston mass shooter πŸ› Maine Public

Police recount mission opportunity to find Lewiston mass shooter πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Lewiston and Lisbon police face tough questions about mass shooting response πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Legislature OKs subpoena power for Lewiston shooting commission πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Healthcare

Smaller Maine hospitals would be adversely affected by proposed payment reform πŸ› Maine Public

Letter: We need constitutional protection for abortion rights πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Letter: Don’t be fooled by β€˜reproductive autonomy’ πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Sen. King introduces health care cybersecurity bill πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Housing

Letter: Mainers need rental relief πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Labor

State issues first round of retention bonuses to child welfare caseworkers πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Nazis

Harpswell hate speech leads to charges against father, son πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Father, son accused of painting anti-Semitic graffiti in Harpswell πŸ› WGME

Photography

Throwback Thursday Photo: Cross Insurance Arena 1976 & 2024 πŸ› Portland Old Port

Politics

Maine House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross running for state Senate πŸ› Bangor Daily News

House Speaker Talbot Ross registers for state Senate run representing Portland πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Maine lawmaker introduces bill to provide tax credit seniors can use toward property tax bills - YouTube - WMTW-TV

How Maine fits into the U.S. Supreme Court arguments in Trump's ballot case in Colorado πŸ› Maine Public

What the Supreme Court arguments on Donald Trump told us about his Maine eligibility πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Maine awaiting SCOTUS decision on Trump remaining on CO ballot πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Public Safety

Opioid overdose kits distributed throughout Westbrook πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Social Safety Net

Letter: Support Maine’s aging population πŸ› Bangor Daily News

State

Mills nominates East Boothbay consultant as Bureau of Insurance superintendent πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Things to Do

A warm winter weekend awaits. Here are 7 things to do with it. πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Check the ice as you set up at this weekend’s fishing derbies πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Grand Opening of Alice Jones Exhibit on February 9 at Moss Galleries on the Hill πŸ› Munjoy Hill News

Tribal Sovereignty

Maine museums to create β€˜visual dictionary’ of Wabanaki basketry πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Unhoused

Mayor, district attorney talk homelessness in Portland πŸ› WMTW