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BC-ME--Maine News Digest 1:30 pm, ME

January 22, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, Jan. 22, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

CHINESE TOURISTS-SEX TRAFFICKING

PORTLAND, Maine _ Detention hearings are scheduled for a married couple accused of using Chinese nationals in a sex-trafficking operation in northern New England. The hearings are set for Tuesday in Portland, Maine, for 37-year-old Derong Miao, and her husband, 37-year-old Shou Chao Li, who have been detained since their arrests last month. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

GIANT ICE DISK: Maine’s giant spinning ice disk that quickly gained international fame survived the weekend winter weather that pummeled New England and now has its own webcam.

MALL AUCTION: Two Maine malls have now gone up for auction

MAINE GOVERNOR-SOCIAL MEDIA: Maine Gov. Janet Mills is launching new official public accounts on social media.

WHITEOUT-NORTHERN MAINE: State police in Maine say whiteout conditions in northern Maine have made driving conditions dangerous and resulted in several crashes

GOVERNOR MILLS-MLK DAY: Newly elected Gov. Janet Mills received multiple standing ovations at the state’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, ending an eight-year absence by Maine’s chief executive from the event.

SHELLFISH RESEARCH: A proposal to expand shellfish research in Maine is up for a public hearing in the state’s capital city this week.

FILM FESTIVAL-ARTISTS WANTED: A Maine group is looking for local art submissions for the state’s annual summer film festival.

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