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

January 3, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Jan. 3, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 LEGISLATURE

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers convene for the first time of the new year. By Marina Villeneuve. Developing.

2018-STATE ELECTIONS

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Buoyed by a string of electoral victories during President Donald Trump’s first year in office, Democrats will be waging a renewed battle to wrest control of Congress from Republicans this year. Yet the contests with the greatest long-term consequences for Congress could be elsewhere on the ballot —for governors and state legislators who will shape the boundaries of congressional districts for the decade to come. By David A. Lieb. 1,110 words.

DEEP FREEZE

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Brutal winter weather that’s brought subzero temperatures to parts of the U.S. is threatening to dump snow and ice across areas of the South that rarely see flurries, much less accumulation. The National Weather Service said a wintry mix of snow and freezing rain was expected Wednesday mainly along the Atlantic seaboard from Florida to North Carolina. It warned that icy roads and low visibility could make driving treacherous across the region. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 940 words, photos.

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BC-NNE--WINTER WEATHER.

BC-DEEP FREEZE-THE LATEST.

IN BRIEF:

DISASTER DECLARATION-MAINE: President Donald Trump has approved federal disaster relief for damage caused by an October windstorm that knocked out power for half of Maine’s population.

CHILD-JEWELRY-GIFT: A critically ill woman whose 11-year-old boy surprised her with free earrings and a necklace for Christmas has died while wearing his gift.

PESTICIDES-PORTLAND: A new law that would restrict the use of synthetic pesticides in Maine’s largest city is coming up for a vote.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-THREAT: A Maine high school will be closed for a day because a student threatened a shooting.

KITCHEN FIRE-BURNS: Officials say a western Maine man is in the hospital after a kitchen fire left him with burns over nearly half his body.

SCALLOP FISHING CLOSURES: Maine fishing regulators are shutting down a pair of scallop fishing areas to protect the health of the population.

PORTLAND FATAL FIRE: A landlord convicted following a fatal Maine fire is appealing his case to the state’s highest court and has less than a week to file a brief.

MOOSE PERMIT AUCTION: Maine is auctioning off 10 of its coveted moose permits for next fall’s hunting season.

SIGNATURE BAN: Lawmakers are set to consider a bill that would make signature gathering at Maine polling places a crime.

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