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

March 4, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Monday, March 4, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

WINTER WEATHER

BOSTON — Temperatures are warming, the sun is shining and snow is melting after a storm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the northeastern U.S. overnight, prompting school closures, power outages and a messy Monday morning commute. By Philip Marcelo and Rodrique Ngowi. SENT: 610 words.

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_WINTER WEATHER-NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND: A powerful winter storm dumped a foot of snow on parts of northern New England, prompting school closings, highway crashes and the closing of some state offices in Maine. Five people were hurt when a United Express flight slid off a runway in northern Maine.

_WINTER WEATHER-PLANE MISHAP.

IN BRIEF:

ENERGY DIRECTOR: Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has tapped a Maine native who spent the last eight years working on climate and energy policy in Massachusetts to serve as her new energy office dire.

MEDICAID EXPANSION-CALL CENTER: Maine says it’ll spend almost $1 million to hire 45 people to staff a temporary call center to help enroll low-income Mainers in Medicaid expansion.

TEENAGE WORKERS: Maine officials are considering renewing a program to help businesses hire teenage workers.

FIREFIGHTER DEATH-MAINE: The body of a firefighter who was killed while battling an apartment fire has been escorted from a funeral home in Dover, New Hampshire, to Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION-MAINE: Maine is withdrawing a contract with a firm it had signed on to track the growth and distribution of marijuana and marijuana products in the state.

RIGHT WHALE PROTECTION: The federal government is expanding a protected zone off of New England to attempt to protect endangered right whales.

MIDCOAST DRUG COURT: Court officials are seeking $750,000 to $1 million to establish a new drug court in Maine’s midcoast region.

CHARITY BASKETBALL ARREST: Maine police say a charity basketball game at Orono Middle School was disrupted by a spectator who was hauled away by law enforcement officers.

CAN-AM-CROWN: A Canadian musher has won Maine’s biggest dog sled race for the 10th time.

GAS PRICES: Gasoline prices are inching up in northern New England.

I395 CONNECTOR: The Maine Department of Transportation has acquired four properties in recent months to make way for an expansion of I-395 another six miles.

FOREST PEST: The National Park Service and Maine officials are holding an event at Acadia National Park to help people learn to look for an invasive forest pest that has been found in the state.

BABY EEL FISHING: A state committee is scheduled to make a decision this week about whether to tighten controls in the Maine baby eel fishery to prevent poaching.

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