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

May 15, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, May 15, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

RURAL STUDENTS-COLLEGE CREDITS

AUGUSTA, Maine — The end of Maine’s online Advanced Placement program has drawn criticism from families who say it’s helped high-performing students in the largely rural state get a leg up in competitive college admissions. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 585 words.

MAINE GATEWAY

KITTERY, Maine _ Highway engineers envision an extra travel lane on the I-95 bridge during peak hours and motorists zooming through a new York Toll Plaza without stopping, making it easier to visit Maine. But first, there will be a couple of years of construction. The Maine Department of Transportation, Maine Turnpike Authority and New Hampshire Department of Transportation are teaming up on more than $90 million in improvements on an 8-mile (12-kilometer) corridor from the bridge through the new toll plaza over the next few years. SENT: 320 words.

NORTHERN PASS

CONCORD, N.H. — Lawyers for a company that lost a bid to build a project to bring hydropower from Canada to markets in southern New England told the New Hampshire Supreme Court that a state committee that made the decision failed to do its job. By Michael Casey. SENT: 130 words. UPCOIMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

TEACHING CLIMATE CHANGE

When science teacher Diana Allen set out to teach climate change, a subject she’d never learned in school, she fell into a rabbit’s hole of misinformation: Many resources presented online as educational material were actually junk. By Michael Melia. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

MISSING MAINE TODDLER: A lawyer for the father of a missing Maine toddler who couldn’t be located to be served a lawsuit says the man is living and working in California.

GENDER-PASSPORTS: Nine state attorneys general are asking a federal appeals court to allow an intersex Colorado resident to get a passport listing the person’s gender as nonbinary instead of male or female.

ELVER FISHING: Maine’s annual fishing season for baby eels is nearing the end, and prices have approached record highs.

MAINE MARIJUANA: A consultant hired to analyze Maine’s proposed legal marijuana laws says the state should be careful to make sure the rules shrink the black market for the drug and provide help for people with substance use disorder.

UNITED STATES-CHINA-TARIFFS-MAINE: Maine farmers aren’t major exporters to China, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune from a trade war.

CARIBOU MANSLAUGHTER: Prosecutors allege a verbal fight on Facebook escalated into a man kicking the face of a Caribou man who later died.

MOOSE HUNT-MAINE: The deadline for Maine moose hunters to apply for a permit has arrived, but exactly how many permits will be available is still undecided.

BALLOT QUESTIONS-HEARINGS: Maine lawmakers have passed a bill calling for public hearings on citizen initiatives before they head to the ballot.

EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT: A proposal to amend the Maine Constitution to outlaw discrimination on the basis of gender appears doomed in the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

DOGFISH HARVEST: Federal regulators say there will be a reduction this year in the harvest of a species of shark that is subject to commercial fishing.

RANKED CHOICE VOTING-MAINE: The odds are stacked against a proposed constitutional amendment to expand Maine’s system that allows voters to rank their candidates from first to last on the ballot.

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