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

March 19, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, March 19, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

MAINE GOVERNOR-INAUGURAL

State ethics commissioners are set to decide whether to extend a deadline to let Maine’s new Democratic governor raise more money to pay for higher-than-expected inaugural bills. Developing.

TOP STORIES:

TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY-SHIPYARD

KITTERY, Maine _ The Defense Department’s list of projects that could be cut to fund President Donald Trump’s wall at the southern border includes more than $200 million of projects that are aimed at making Portsmouth Naval Shipyard more efficient in refueling and overhauling nuclear submarines. SENT: 355 words.

IN BRIEF:

SHOOTING INVESTIGATION-MAINE: Police in Maine say they’re investigating a shooting death of two people in Gardiner that appears to be a murder-suicide.

DAIRY FARM CONTAMINATION: The owners of a Maine dairy operation and a group of environmental advocates say they are concerned chemicals that contaminated the farm could be lurking on other farms in the state and beyond.

ELECTION 2020-VANHELSING: An independent candidate seeking to unseat Maine Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is raising money for her campaign through a bottle and can drive.

MAN KILLED BY OWN TRUCK: Massachusetts State Police say a Maine man struck and killed by his own pickup truck on a highway near Boston may have suffered some kind of medical emergency.

DEATH INVESTIGATION-MAINE: Police are investigating a man’s death in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

GAS STATION SHOOTING: Police in Arkansas have arrested two men in connection with the fatal shooting of a military serviceman who’d tried to stop an armed robbery at a gas station.

MAINE STANDOFF DEATHS: Maine State Police say a man apparently shot and killed his 14-month-old son before fatally shooting himself following a standoff.

STRANDED HIKERS: Maine game wardens say they rescued two hikers stranded on a trail overnight.

BUGGY BILL: The drivers of horse-drawn carriages in Maine may have to start using reflectors under legislation that lawmakers are considering.

SALMON FARMING: A Norwegian company that wants to build a large salmon farming operation in Maine says it’s going to meet with the public next week to give residents an idea of the project’s progress.

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