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BC-ME--Maine News Digest 6 pm, ME

February 8, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Maine. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the northern New England desk at 207-772-4157. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking news and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

MAINE GOVERNOR-BUDGET

AUGUSTA, Maine _ Maine’s new Democratic governor released the details Friday of her first two-year $8 billion budget proposal, which includes funding for the state’s Medicaid expansion. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 240 words.

IN BRIEF:

HEALTH SYSTEM-HOSPITAL: citizens’ group is calling for Central Maine Healthcare to give up Bridgton Hospital so another organization can take over medical care in the area.

SOCIAL MEDIA-BIRD SIGHTINGS: An online group of Maine bird spotters is asking members to stop posting specific locations of rare species over concerns they may be targeted by hunters.

CONVICTED MURDERER-PRISON ESCAPE: A convicted murderer who is accused of intentionally escaping a Maine prison has been arraigned.

OPIOID DEATHS-MAINE: New state data shows that opioid overdoses are continuing to claim hundreds of lives in Maine.

WIFE-SHOOTING TRIAL: A jury is being selected for the trial of a Maine man who claims he fatally shot his wife after mistaking her for an intruder.

XGR-SPECIAL ELECTION-MAINE: Maine will hold a special election to fill a House seat left vacant by a Democratic lawmaker.

HERRING CUTBACK: Fishermen of an important species of lobster bait will have to contend with a deep cut in quota this year due to concerns about the fish’s population.

TOBOGGAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: It’s all about to go downhill in Maine.

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