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

January 5, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Saturday, Jan. 5, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

FOOD AND FARM-MAINE BLUEBERRIES

Maine agriculture officials say the growers in the No. 1 wild-blueberry state suffered another bad year, but there are reasons to believe the troubled industry is about to turn a long-awaited corner. University of Maine horticulture professor David Yarborough says Maine farmers collected about 57 million pounds of the wild fruit in 2018, down nearly 11 million pounds from the previous year. UPCOMING: 450 words by noon. With photos. By Patrick Whittle.

TOP STORIES:

MAINE GOVERNOR-LAWSUITS

Former Gov. Paul LePage’s legal battles tested the limits of gubernatorial power and cost the state over $900,000 since 2014, according to The Associated Press’ review of a database of state government finances. SENT: 800 words, photo. By Marina Villeneuve.

SNOWMOBILE WEEKEND ENDS

New Hampshire can no longer promote an annual weekend for snowmobilers registered in Maine and Vermont to ride its trails for free. For seven years during the last weekend of January, snowmobilers registered in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont have been allowed on trails in all three states without paying additional registration. Maine and Vermont changed their regulations to allow a free weekend for registered snowmobilers from any state, with the ability to change the date. SENT: 369 words, photos. By Kathy McCormack.

IN BRIEF:

BLANKET DRIVE: A health advocacy group is collecting blankets for people in need in one of the coldest cities on the East Coast.

BOY RESCUED: Emergency responders in a Maine city say a boy was rescued after falling into a deep, narrow hole while walking on a recreational trail.

MAINE CORN: Maine is known for potatoes but corn growers are looking to make their mark, as well.

CHURCH ABUSE: A former Massachusetts priest who was convicted of sexually abusing an altar boy on trips to Maine years ago has been scheduled for sentencing late this winter.

COUPLE DEATHS: A Maine man was denied bail during his first court appearance on charges of killing his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend.

SEA LEVEL RISE: Mainers are invited to help capture changes in sea level along a southern part of the Gulf of Maine.

MUSEUM BILL: A bill to boost federal support for libraries and museums that was introduced by Maine’s Republican senator has been signed into law.

HUNTING LICENSES: Maine wildlife managers say licenses for the state’s hunting and fishing seasons are available for purchase all over the state.

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