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

January 16, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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ABORTION-STATE BATTLEGROUNDS

On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women’s access to the procedure. By David Crary. 1,200 words, photos.

LL BEAN

FREEPORT, Maine — L.L. Bean’s renewed focus on the outdoor fun proclaimed in its “Be An Outsider” campaign is being reflected in the retailer’s corporate giving. The Maine-based retailer is doubling its charitable giving to $4 million and channeling the new gifts to outdoors-oriented nonprofits, part of a trend of companies sharpening their philanthropic focus at a time when corporate responsibility is high on the minds of consumers. SENT: 255 words.

IN BRIEF:

CLERGY ABUSE-JESUITS-MAINE: A list of priests credibly accused of abuse released by the Jesuits includes seven priests linked to Cheverus High School in Maine.

UNIVERSITY RENAMING: Maine’s second-largest public university is holding a news conference to discuss the rationale behind its potential name change.

SEA DOGS-RENEWED: The Boston Red Sox are keeping their popular minor league affiliate in Maine’s largest city through at least 2022.

LAWMAKER-OBSCENITY BAN PROPOSAL: A Maine lawmaker who says she was upset by the contents of a Haruki Murakami novel being read by her teenage son is now trying to ban “obscene” books from the state’s public school.

DEATH INVESTIGATION: A Maine man charged in the killing of his girlfriend is expected in court for arraignment.

FATAL BOATING CRASH: A Massachusetts man whose boat crashed into a swimmer last summer, killing her, is facing a manslaughter charge.

FISHERMEN’S FORUM: New England’s largest trade show for fishermen is slated to take place at the end of February and the beginning of March.

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