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

April 5, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Friday, April 5, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

INDIGENT DEFENSE

BANGOR, Maine — A study suggests Maine’s system for providing attorneys for people who can’t afford them lacks safeguards to ensure adequate representation and to avoid overcharges. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

FIREFIGHTER DEATH-MAINE: The state fire marshal in Maine says an apartment fire that killed a fire captain in March was started by improperly discarded smoking materials.

BUCKSPORT-CHILD DEATH: Maine State Police say a 21-year-old woman has been charged with murder in the 2017 death of a 2-year-old girl.

POLICE DETECTIVE KILLED: Maine State Police have announced funeral services for a detective who was killed while assisting a motorist on Interstate 95.

DAIRY INDUSTRY RELIEF: Maine’s two U.S. senators are joining more than a third of their colleagues in the Senate to call for the government to implement provisions of the most recent farm bill that are designed to help struggling dairy farmers.

COMPUTER PIONEER: A pioneer in the world of personal computers is returning to his alma mater to deliver a keynote address during a discussion on campus about innovation.

COASTAL BOTANICAL GARDEN: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will pay more than $18,000 to build a fish passage on the Sheepscot River as part of its settlement for violating environmental rules.

MAINE’S WORST ROAD: An organization in Maine is asking drivers in the state to nominate roads they think are the worst in the state.

COD FISHING: Federal fishing managers say rules for recreational fishing of cod and haddock off New England are staying the same for the time being, and that means fishing for cod in the Gulf of Maine is still prohibited.

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