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

January 8, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

OFFSHORE DRILLING BAN

PORTLAND, Maine _ State legislators from nine states are announcing a united effort to protect their states from offshore drilling. By Patrick Whittle. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.

ELECTRICITY RATES

AUGUSTA, Maine _ Maine utility regulators have voted to launch a formal investigation of the state’s biggest electric utility in response to an independent audit that uncovered customer service issues. The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted 3-0 Tuesday to initiate the inquiry at Central Maine Power, which has weathered complaints of high bills in recent months. SENT: 310 words.

IN BRIEF:

DRUG DEATH-ARRESTS: Police in Maine say they’ve arrested a second man in connection with the sale of drugs to a woman who died of an overdose of fentanyl.

CALL CENTER CUTS: Barclays is going to close its call center in Wilton, Maine, eliminating more than 200 jobs.

SERIAL BURGLARY CHARGES: Police say a Maine man stole enough items to fill two U-Hauls and is now in jail facing 125 criminal charges.

INMATE DEATH: The fiancée of a Maine state prisoner who died in custody says the 28-year-old man feared for his life and had asked to be moved.

MOUNTAIN RESCUES: Officials say headlamps may have saved a father and son who got lost in whiteout conditions on Maine’s tallest mountain.

WINTER WEATHER: The first part of a wintry one-two punch is creating a messy commute across northern New England, but forecasters are more worried about a bigger storm on Wednesday.

BUS DRIVER SHORTAGE: A Maine elementary school has canceled classes over a shortage of school bus drivers.

DEER HUNT-MAINE: Maine’s deer hunters would be able to harvest the animals with crossbows if a proposal from a state legislator is approved.

DEATH-METH LAB: The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says a death investigation led to the discovery of a methamphetamine operation at a home on Indian Island.

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