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

March 28, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, March 27, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

PRISON OPIOID TREATMENT

PORTLAND, Maine — A federal judge has ordered a Maine jail to provide medication-assisted treatment to an inmate who contends it’s necessary to keep her opioid use disorder in remission. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

DELIVERY TRUCK-BODIES

BANGOR, Maine — A man being tried on murder charges argued with one of the two victims before their deaths in the back of a burning delivery truck where they’d been sleeping, a witness testified. SENT: 240 words.

BEACHED TURTLES

QUINCY, Mass. _ At a sea turtle hospital housed at an old New England shipyard, a biologist leans over a table and uses a needle to draw blood from a sick loggerhead before tagging its flailing flipper. These were the first tentative steps toward a return to the ocean for this juvenile nicknamed Honey Bun and hundreds of other loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley and green turtles stranded this winter on Cape Cod beaches. By Michael Casey. SENT: 900 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

SCHOOL LOCKDOWN-CHARGES: Police in Maine say a 13-year-old student has been arrested and charged in connection with terrorizing threats that shut down a number of schools.

PASSENGER RAIL PROPOSAL: A consulting engineer says a proposed commuter rail service connecting Lewiston and Auburn to Portland could cost up to $300 million.

FIREFIGHTERS-PREGNANT WIVES: A North Carolina fire department is going to have a very big family day this fall.

STUDENT BORROWING RIGHTS: A Maine lawmaker is making a push to protect student loan borrowers in the state from falling victim to unscrupulous lending practices.

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