If you were living in Augusta, Maine, instead of Augusta, Ga., here are the news headlines you would be reading over your coffee today:
The first doses of vaccine against the H1N1 flu are starting to arrive in Maine. Augusta Fire Chief Roger Audette says some of the city's emergency medical service employees were vaccinated against the swine flu on Monday. He says about 50 employees will be vaccinated.
Gov. John Baldacci says that three affordable-housing developments in Maine are creating nearly 300 jobs. Speaking at a housing conference Monday, Baldacci said developments in Augusta and Houlton are generating about 175 jobs. A new seniors' housing development scheduled to start soon in Bangor will employ about 120 people.
Maine's average heating oil price has jumped 10 cents a gallon over the past week. The state Office of Energy Independence and Security said Monday the price in its weekly survey is $2.48 a gallon. Kerosene prices were up 9 cents, to $2.86 per gallon.
Last, but not least, the second week of Maine's split moose-hunting season ended during the weekend. Hunters with special permits finished the second, six-day hunt at dusk Saturday. The state game department will still allow more moose hunting, Nov. 2-28, in specially designated areas of southern Maine. Biologists estimate Maine's moose population at 29,000.