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

March 14, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, March 14, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MAPLE SEASON-SQUIRRELS

DANVILLE, Vt. — Maple syrup producers are contending with a late start to the season in the Northeast and an abundant squirrel population with the critters chomping on plastic sap tubing and spouts. Damage from wildlife — deer, bear woodpeckers, and squirrels — is not unusual for maple operations, but this year squirrels are wreaking havoc in some spots. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m., photos.

PEOPLE-TUCKER CARLSON

BRYANT POND, Maine — Fox News host Tucker Carlson said he’s scuttling plans for a TV studio near his vacation home in rural Maine because of publicity. Carlson planned to buy an old town garage and transform it into a studio under a deal that called for him to pay $30,000 for the building while Fox would pay to equip the studio, the Sun Journal newspaper reported. SENT: 205 words.

TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led Senate is set to deal President Donald Trump a rebuke on his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border, with the only remaining question how many GOP senators will join Democrats in defying him. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 855 words.

IN BRIEF:

MAINE GOVERNOR-BUDGET: Maine Gov. Janet Mills has signed her $7.5 million spending package to pay the state’s bills and repeal limits for Medicaid-funded addiction treatment.

MAINE GOVERNOR-ABORTION BILL: Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has introduced a bill to allow physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses to perform abortions in Maine.

BORDER DISRUPTION: The Canadian government has resolved a case against two brothers who caused a border disruption while attempting to cross into the U.S. with 21 jugs of gasoline.

TEACHER PAY: A Maine legislative committee has approved a proposal to provide a minimum salary to the state’s teachers with a party-line vote.

OPIOIDS-CABINET: Maine lawmakers are discussing a bill that aims to help the state communicate better on fighting the ongoing opioid epidemic.

PI DAY PARODY: There’s no need to panic during geometry.

SPECIAL ELECTION-MAINE: A Democrat will serve in a seat left vacant by a former lawmaker who’s now the state’s attorney general.

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