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

December 19, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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UMAINE SYSTEM

BANGOR, Maine _ University of Maine System Chancellor James Page is stepping down at the end of the academic year. The 66-year-old formally announced his decision Wednesday as trustees approved a proposal to further expand the “one university” vision that created efficiencies and contained costs. SENT: 325 words.

IN BRIEF:

PORTLAND SOLAR ARRAY: Officials say Portland’s largest and newest solar array will generate about 3 percent of the city government’s electricity.

COACH-WINNING SYSTEM: The University of Maine’s head football coach who is also the lowest paid coach in the Colonial Athletic Association may be fielding more lucrative offers following a winning and historic season.

DECK THE WALL: A college Republicans group at the University of Maine is facing criticism for its decision to host a “Deck the Wall” holiday party over the weekend.

MILL REDEVELOPMENT: Officials with a North Carolina group say a federal tax lien is preventing them from building a $30 million factory on the site of a former paper mill in Maine.

ENDANGERED WHALES: The federal government is using a pair of protective zones to try to assist large aggregations of rare whales off the East Coast.

BOOK LOVER GIFT: A university in Maine has received a gift of a half million dollars from a longtime library employee and lover of rare books.

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