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

January 6, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Sunday, Jan. 6, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

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. SENT: 450 words by noon. With photos. By Patrick Whittle.

SENATE 2020-MAINE-COLLINS

Sen. Susan Collins is “getting ready to run” for re-election, she said during a television appearance Sunday, but she reiterated that she won’t make a decision until the end of the year. SENT: 388 words. With photo. By Patrick Whittle.

DEER HUNT

Preliminary numbers from last year’s hunting seasons in Vermont show hunters took the most deer since 2000, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. SENT: 290 words, with photo.

IN BRIEF:

AGRICULTURAL FAIR-MAINE: The state of Maine is set to promote Pine Tree State agriculture by holding an agricultural trade show.

REED-ALZHEIMER’S FUNDING: U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says that a bill he co-sponsored to combat Alzheimer’s disease and promote brain health has been signed into law.

FATAL CRASH-DOWN EAST MAINE: Police in a Maine county say a man was killed and two others injured in a single-vehicle crash in the Down East portion of the state.

SNOWMOBILE DEATH: Authorities in Maine say a man has died in the first fatal snowmobile crash of the winter.

ATTORNEY GENERAL-MAINE: Bangor lawyer Aaron Frey is taking over as Maine’s attorney general and says he’ll work with other state attorneys general on litigation.

JOB FAIR: Nearly two dozen employers will be appearing at a job in fair in Maine, where unemployment has been low for many months.

AGRICULTURAL GRANTS: The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is looking for applications for the agricultural grants the state uses to increase sales for farms.

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