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

December 28, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Dec. 27, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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IN BRIEF:

CHINESE TOURISTS-SEX TRAFFICKING: Detention hearings have been delayed again for a married couple accused of using Chinese nationals in a sex-trafficking operation in northern New England.

CHRISTMAS STABBING: Bail has been set at $20,000 for a Maine man accused of stabbing another man on Christmas.

DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONER-MAINE: Maine Democratic Gov.-elect Janet Mills has tapped a state broadband official as her economic development chief.

FUNDING PLAN-PITTSFIELD: Officials in Pittsfield, Maine will meet next week to discuss a contested plan to use $130,000 on road repairs instead of police department improvements.

WINTER WEATHER: Maine is looking at a messy upcoming day on the roads, as snow, sleet and freezing rain are all in the forecast in the Pine Tree State.

FATAL CRASH-CHRISTMAS EVE: Police in Maine say they are still investigating a single-car crash in which a woman died on Christmas Eve morning when her car left a roadway and hit a tree.

HISTORIC MILL PURCHASE: A New Hampshire developer has purchased a historic Maine mill for $5.1 million.

SOFT-SHELL LOBSTER MARKETING: A state funded lobster marketing council is aiming to court fishmongers to carry more soft-shell lobsters with a new marketing campaign.

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