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

May 7, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, May 7, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ABORTION BILLS-MAINE

Democrats’ bills geared at expanding access to abortion in Maine are moving through the Democratic-controlled Legislature. Supporters including Planned Parenthood of Northern New England say they expect the House to vote Tuesday on a bill requiring private insurers and Maine’s Medicaid program to cover abortions. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

WRONG-WAY DRIVER: Maine State Police say a motorist drove the wrong way on Interstate 95 and managed to elude troopers until his truck ran out of gas.

LYME DISEASE-MAINE: Public health officials in Maine say now is the time for residents to start taking precautions to avoid Lyme disease in the state.

CONTINENTAL MILL AUCTION: A massive, 160-year-old former cotton mill in Maine is going up for auction this month.

LOBSTER LICENSE RULES: A new law in Maine is designed to help lobster fishermen who develop major illnesses keep their licenses active.

PAID LEAVE: City councilors in Maine’s largest city have rejected an ordinance requiring paid leave for workers.

SNOW-COVERED CARS: Maine lawmakers are considering a bill that would require drivers to clear ice and snow off their cars before hitting the road.

PAROLE DENIED: The Maine Parole Board has once again rejected a request for early release for a Maine State Prison inmate convicted of killing a West Gardiner woman in 1973.

PEOPLE-SODERBERGH: The director of “Erin Brockovich” and the “Ocean’s” trilogy is in Maine to promote his latest project, and it has nothing to do with Hollywood.

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