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

December 17, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Monday, Dec. 17, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

MISSING MAINE TODDLER

PORTLAND, Maine _ The mother of a toddler whose disappearance prompted the biggest criminal investigation in Maine history sued Monday in hopes of unearthing more details. The announcement came on the seventh anniversary of the date 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds was reported missing by her father in Waterville. Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds, has blamed the father, Justin DiPietro, for the toddler’s death. But the body has never been found, and no charges have been filed. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 475 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

VEHICLE EMISSIONS: Maine officials are considering ways to cut emissions from cars and trucks.

MAPLE SYRUP DAY: Maple syrup has its own sweet holiday.

DHHS COMMISSIONER-CONTEMPT MOTION:A Portland defense lawyer wants to hold the acting commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services in contempt of court.

GAS PRICES: Gas prices have dropped a few more cents per gallon in northern New England.

MINIMUM WAGE-MAINE: Maine’s minimum wage will increase to $11 an hour in the new year thanks to a law approved by voters in 2016.

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