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

May 21, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, May 21, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

FOOTBALL PLAYER-CLASSMATE DEATH

ELLSWORTH, Maine _ A young woman who was raped and strangled had the defendant’s DNA under her fingernails, indicating they struggled before her death, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday. Surveillance video shows a man whom authorities say is Jalique Keene dragging Mikaela Conley’s lifeless body. But the video and DNA evidence don’t prove that Keene, 21, is guilty of murder and gross sexual assault, the defense said. SENT: 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

AUBURN STANDOFF: Police say a six-hour, armed standoff in Auburn, Maine, is over.

ABORTION BILLS-MAINE: Maine could expand the kinds of health care providers who can perform abortions under a bill making its way through the Democratic-led Legislature.

VACCINATION BILLS: A bill to end Maine’s religious and philosophical exemptions to vaccines needs to clear just one more hurdle before heading to the governor’s desk.

TRACTOR RAMPAGE: A Maine man who used a tractor to cause $52,000 in damage to a road that was about to be paved has lost his criminal appeal. But he may be off the hook for restitution.

LAWMAKER CHARGED-HUNTING LICENSE: A Maine district attorney is dismissing charges against a former state lawmaker for failing to disclose a felony conviction when he obtained a hunting license.

ARREST VIDEO: Maine’s supreme court says jurors who convicted a man of resisting arrest and assault should have been allowed to see cellphone video taken by the defendant’s sister.

ASYLUM SEEKERS-MAINE: The City Council in Maine’s largest city is restoring funding for a program that provides financial help to asylum seekers who don’t qualify for state assistance.

MAINE METH: Law enforcement officers they’ve seized 14 pounds of meth during a traffic stop on the Maine Turnpike.

ATV DEATH: Police in Maine say a crash involving an all-terrain vehicle in Down East Maine killed a woman and injured a man.

FATAL CRASH-DRIVER SEARCH: Police in Maine say they’re looking for the driver of a car that caused a fatal crash in Woodstock.

BODY FOUND-SHORE: Police in New Hampshire say a medical examiner has determined that a body found on the shore of Great Bay is that of Maine man who has been missing since April.

AERIAL SPRAYING-FORESTS: A committee of the Maine Legislature is slated to resume a debate over a proposal to prohibit aerial spraying of herbicides in the state’s forests.

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