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

February 6, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Feb. 6, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

OPIOID CRISIS-MAINE

AUGUSTA, Maine — Democratic Maine Gov. Janet Mills has signed an executive order aimed at helping the state deal with an opioid epidemic. Her order Wednesday calls for making the overdose antidote Naloxone more widely available; logging and mapping overdoses to track “hotspots” in real time; implementing medication-assisted therapy programs; and creating targeted prevention programs. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

ATV RESCUE: Rescue workers in Maine have come to the aid of an ATV rider whose vehicle broke through thin ice over open water.

LOBSTER LICENSES-APPRENTICES: A proposal in Maine would allow new lobster fishermen to complete their apprenticeships by demonstrating proficiency as opposed to by logging hours.

PSYCHIATRIC RESIDENCE-MAINE: A lease letter obligates the state to pay $11.3 million over 30 years for a 16-bed psychiatric residence that was supposed to cost $2 million to $3 million to build, and also includes stipulations that require the facility and service to be provided in Bangor.

BASKET MAKER-FELLOWSHIP: A Maine man who is part of a long tradition of basket makers in a native American tribe has received a prestigious fellowship and its $50,000 award.

WEATHER REVERSAL: The spring-like weather in northern New England is fleeting.

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