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

December 5, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



BANGOR, Maine _ A federal judge in Maine is hearing more arguments on Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s bid to nullify the outcome of the ranked balloting election that he lost. Poliquin contends the ranked-choice voting system used for the first in U.S. House and Senate races in Maine is unconstitutional. He wants the judge to either declare him the winner or to order a second election. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.


AUGUSTA, Maine _ A new crop of Maine lawmakers has been sworn-in. Chief Justice Leigh Saufley delivered the oath of office to lawmakers Wednesday. The governor typically administers oaths of office, but Republican Gov. Paul LePage had back surgery scheduled. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.


WASHINGTON _ The nation’s capital bids its final farewell to the late former President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday in a service of prayer and praise that is drawing together world envoys, Americans of high office and a guy from Maine who used to fix things in Bush’s house on the water. A viewing for the 41st president at the hushed Capitol Rotunda closed Wednesday morning. A ceremony at Washington National Cathedral, the nexus of state funerals, will cap three days of remembrance by dignitaries and ordinary citizens as they honored the Republican president who oversaw the post-Cold War transition and led a successful Gulf War, only to lose re-election in a generational shift to Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992. By Calvin Woodward, Laurie Kellman and Ashraf Khalil. SENT: words, photos.


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FATHER-SON ROBBERY: A 20-year-old man who teamed up with his father to tie up and rob a Maine woman at gunpoint has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

FATAL CRASH-SENTENCING:A Maine man has been sentenced to serve over three years in prison in connection with a 2016 crash that killed two people.

RESTAURANT FIRE-FATAL: New Hampshire fire officials say a man has died of burn injuries from a restaurant fire in Dover.


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