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

May 17, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Friday, May 17, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GUN CONTROL-MAINE

AUGUSTA, Maine — A committee vote Friday left Maine unlikely to move forward on legislation prohibiting the sale of high-capacity magazines, but lawmakers are still weighing other bills aimed at limiting access to firearms. The Democratic-led Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted Friday against half a dozen gun control bills. SENT: 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

EMISSIONS TESTING: Maine lawmakers have introduced two air quality testing bills.

RIVER-BODY: Officials say they’ve recovered the body of a Wisconsin man who fell into Maine’s Kennebec River nearly a month ago.

SICK LEAVE: A bill to provide paid time off to 139,000 newly eligible workers in Maine is awaiting a decision from the Democratic governor.

SKATEBOARDER INJURED: A driver accused of striking a 16-year-old skateboarder in Kingfield is facing charges.

OFFSHORE WIND POWER: Advocates for offshore wind power want lawmakers to jumpstart a University of Maine-led project by directing utility regulators to approve a power contract.

DETECTIVE-DOMESTIC ABUSE: A police detective in a Maine town has changed his plea to a domestic assault charge to guilty and will avoid a trial that had been scheduled for this week.

BICENTENNIAL FLAG: The deadline has arrived for Mainers to cast their ballot about which flag should honor their state’s bicentennial.

BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH-LARGE GRANT: A non-profit research institution in Maine is receiving a grant of almost $18 million to support its biomedical research and research training work in the state. MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor says the grant is coming from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, which is within the National Institutes of Health.

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