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

May 6, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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SPORTS BETTING

AUGUSTA, Maine — Lawmakers said Monday they need more time to decide on a push to allow sports betting in Maine that’s been spurred by a U.S. Supreme Court decision. The Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs committee on Monday voted to table one such bill and kill several related bills as it continues its work. SENT: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

FATAL SHOOTING-SENTENCE: A Maine man is going to prison for 10 years for shooting and killing another man outside his West Gardiner house in 2017.

KIDNAPPING CHARGE: Police in Maine have accused a couple of kicking, punching, and threatening a woman with a knife.

HOSPITAL MOVING: A hospital in Maine has received approval from the state to consolidate its operations in one of its two locations in Portland.

ASYLUM SEEKERS-MAINE: Officials in Maine’s largest city say dozens of arrivals of asylum seekers are straining a shelter system that’s already overcrowded.

HOSPITAL MERGER: Residents of a small town in rural Maine have voted in favor of the merger of a local hospital with a larger health group.

CENSUS-MAINE FARMS: U.S. census figures indicate Maine lost 10 percent of farmland and 573 farms in the five years ending in 2017.

GAS PRICES: Gas prices have risen slightly in northern New England.

FATAL SHOOTING-SENTENCE: A Maine man who shot and killed a man outside his West Gardiner house in 2017 is due to be sentenced.

HOUSING DISCRIMINATION: Maine’s two U.S. senators are introducing legislation designed to protect residents from housing discrimination that is based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

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