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

December 7, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Friday, Dec. 7, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TRIBAL WATER RIGHTS

BANGOR, Maine _ A Maine tribal nation is fighting a federal judge’s move to allow the Environmental Protection Agency to rework former President Obama’s administration’s higher water quality standards for rivers fished by tribes.The Penobscot Nation Thursday asked the court to rule the stricter water quality standards are needed to ensure tribal members’ rights to fish free from water pollution. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

HERRING FISHING

PORTLAND, Maine _Fishermen who seek one of the most important bait fish on the East Coast are likely to see a dramatic reduction next year in the amount they are allowed to harvest, and the change could have major implications for lobster consumers. The commercial fishery for herring is a major industry in the Atlantic states, where the little fish is important as lobster bait and is also eaten by people. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 360 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

BEST DRINKING WATER: A panel of judges says the best tasting water in the state of Maine can be found at its northern edge.

FATAL CRASH-MAINE: A Maine county sheriff’s department says an 80-year-old substance abuse counselor who worked closely with the department was killed in a crash.

DESERT OF MAINE: The new owners of a desert attraction located on the coast of Maine say they are planning big changes.

SHELLFISH MONITORING: A regulatory board is allowing shellfish harvesting in a key management area off of New England, though more monitoring of the fishery will now apply.

TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS: Three transportation projects around the state of Maine are getting a boost of nearly $27 million from the federal government.

CHILD WELFARE-OFFICIAL: The state employee who led the scrutinized launch of a new unemployment system is Maine’s new top child welfare official.

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