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

December 18, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, Dec. 18, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

EDITORS: The story Chinese Tourists-Sex Trafficking will just be a newsnow.

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ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-MAINE

PORTLAND, Maine _ The last remaining Republican congressman in New England filed an appeal Tuesday that seeks to undo the election of his Democratic opponent under Maine’s new voting system, asking the court to act quickly as the swearing-in of new U.S. House members nears. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 575 words.

IN BRIEF:

MOTORCYCLISTS KILLED: A couple injured in a 2017 crash that killed two others during a Maine charitable motorcycle ride has sued the family of the motorcyclist they say caused the chain-reaction crash.

CHINESE TOURISTS-SEX TRAFFICKING: A New Hampshire husband and wife accused of using Chinese nationals in a sex-trafficking operation in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are going to be detained until at least next week.

HOSPITAL EXPANSION: Officials in Portland, Maine, have approved the final phase of a proposed $525 million hospital expansion project.

WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT: The Portland City Council has approved a temporary moratorium on waterfront development.

FAKE EMAIL THREATS: The U.S. Attorney in Maine says a man pleaded guilty to sending false, threatening emails that appeared to be from police.

LIBERTARIANS SHUT DOWN: The party’s over for Maine Libertarians.

CONSERVATION GRANTS: A natural resource conservation program in Maine is dedicating nearly $1.5 million to projects designed to restore and protect wetlands in the state.

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