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

December 31, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Monday, Dec. 31, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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MAINE-2018 DEATHS

PORTLAND, Maine — A president and a first lady who spent summers in Maine, a man who popularized Down East humor, an enigmatic artist, and an ice cream company founder are among notable Mainers who died in 2018. By David Sharp SENT: 825 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

PEDIATRIC CANCER PATIENT-FIREFIGHTERS: A 9-year-old Maine boy fighting brain cancer has fulfilled his dream of becoming a firefighter with the help of a local fire department.

LYME DISEASE-MAINE: Maine health officials say Lyme disease cases in the state dropped in 2018.

LANDMARK BUILDING: Public documents say a well-known building in Maine’s largest city that is famous for its clock has been sold to a developer with local ties.

NEW GOVERNOR-STAFF: Maine Democratic Gov.-elect Janet Mills is rounding out her office ahead of her swearing-in.

SCALLOP CLOSURES: Maine fishery regulators are shutting down a couple of scallop fishing areas for the first time this season.

SMALL GAME SEASONS: A few of Maine’s small game hunting seasons are wrapping up with the end of the year.

FATAL FIRE: Authorities in Maine say they believe the victim of a fire that broke out in a building in Acton was a 28-year-old man.

GAS PRICES: Gas prices are still on their way down in northern New England.

CRAB FISHING: Federal fishing managers are holding the line on the quota for a commercial important species of crab that is fished off of the East Coast.

GARDINER FIRE: The Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office says a faulty ceiling light is to blame for a fire that broke out at a historic building in downtown Gardiner.

POLAR PLUNGE: Mainers are taking the plunge again after cold weather put the tradition on ice a year ago.

WINTER WEATHER: New Year’s revelers in northern New England should be prepared for some snow.

MAINE ARCHIVES: Many documents from the administrations of Maine independent Gov. Angus King and Democratic Gov. John Baldacci have been deleted from state file servers — and are likely gone forever.

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