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

April 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

EDITORS: DOWNGRADES Susan Collins Threat and Police Detective Killed to newsnows.

TOP STORIES:

CHILD KILLING TRIAL

WISCASSET, Maine _ A defense attorney told a judge on Monday that there wasn’t evidence to convict a Wiscasset woman of fatally beating a 4-year-old girl in her care because no one saw her hurt the youngster and because her boyfriend could have inflicted some of the injuries. SENT: 325 words.

COLLINS FUNDRAISING

AUGUSTA, Maine — Republican Sen. Susan Collins has out-raised a liberal crowdfunding effort to unseat her, thanks to out-of-state donors, according to campaign finance reports recently filed with the Federal Election Commission. SENT: 325 words.

MAINE DEPUTY KILLED

PORTLAND, Maine — An evidence suppression hearing for a Maine man who wants his confession to killing a sheriff’s deputy kept out of his upcoming trial ended Monday without him testifying about alleged abuse by arresting officers. SENT: 285 words.

IN BRIEF:

POLICE DETECTIVE KILLED: Maine State Police have identified the driver who was being assisted by a detective before the officer was struck and killed by a wheel that had separated from a logging truck trailer.

SUSAN COLLINS THREAT: A Maine woman is facing federal charges of mailing a threatening letter to the home of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins last year.

NEW MAINE LICENSES: Maine’s driver’s licenses and identification cards will have a new look when residents do their next renewals.

WINTER WEATHER: A spring snowstorm is greeting commuters in Maine and parts of New Hampshire.

GASOLINE PRICES: Gasoline prices have risen slightly in parts of northern New England.

RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA-CONNECTICUT: A legislative committee is preparing to vote on a bill that could lead to legal recreational marijuana in Connecticut.

CLAM TROUBLE: A proposal that could change the way clam harvesters ply their trade in Maine is up for a hearing in the state capital this week.

XGR-CHARTER SCHOOLS-MAINE: Maine could increase or limit the number of charter schools in the state under new bills.

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