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

January 3, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Jan. 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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MAINE GOVERNOR-FIRST DAY

AUGUSTA, Maine _ Maine lawmakers proposed bills to address sea level rise, protect pre-existing conditions and provide abortion coverage for Medicaid recipients as Democrats take over the governor’s mansion and state Senate. Gov. Janet Mills, who was sworn in Wednesday, leads the state alongside Democrats who now control Maine’s Senate, 21-14, and House, 89-58. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 290 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

CHILD DEATH-MAINE: A Maine mother charged with beating her 10-year-old daughter to death with her husband’s help is expected to ask a judge to annul the marriage.

MAINE GOVERNOR-NOMINATIONS: Maine Democratic Gov. Janet Mills plans to keep three commissioners who served under Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

HOSPITAL STICKER PRICES: Maine hospitals are now posting sticker prices for various medical services, though experts warn the costs posted online may not reflect the actual cost.

SHIPYARD COMMANDER: The Navy says the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is getting a new commander this year.

FATAL FIRE: Maine officials say a man has died in a house fire in the town of North Anson.

OIL TANKER FIRE: Police have cited a driver with failure to yield in connection to a crash in Maine that caused a tanker truck loaded with 9,500 gallons of heating oil to burst into flames.

WATERFRONT MORATORIUM: Maine’s largest city has assembled a group to address working waterfront issues in the city during a development moratorium.

NNE-WINTER WEATHER: The first snowfall of 2019 is going to create a messy commute in Maine and New Hampshire.

COLD STORAGE: A plan to create a cold-storage warehouse for the Port of Portland is back in play due to an investment from the Maine Port Authority.

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