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

February 20, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Feb. 20, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

BORDER SECURITY-COLLINS

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said she supports a lawsuit aimed at stopping President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border. She also said she’d vote for a disapproval resolution in Congress. By David Sharp. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

CONCORD, N.H. — An independent human resources employee would investigate sexual harassment complaints against New Hampshire lawmakers under a bill before a Senate committee Wednesday. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 460 words.

HAZARDOUS MINES

RIMINI, Mont. _ Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding lakes and streams without being treated, The Associated Press has found. That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tainting drinking water sources in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at least five other states. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

JUROR PAY: Juror pay in Maine could more than triple under a new bill lawmakers are taking into consideration.

RABBIT HUNTER INJURED: Game wardens say a New Hampshire man was struck in the head with shotgun pellets while rabbit hunting in Maine.

FATAL CRASH-BINGHAM: A man has been killed in a head-on crash that left another woman injured in Maine.

BILL-LEAD-SCHOOL WATER: Lawmakers in Maine held a hearing on a bill that would require all schools test for lead in drinking and cooking water.

SHERMAN KILLING: Two Massachusetts men are due to be sentenced for a drug-related killing in northern Maine.

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES-MAINE: Maine could ban electronic cigarettes on school grounds under a Democrat’s bill that faces a committee vote.

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