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AP-ME--Maine News Digest 1 pm, ME

November 18, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Sunday, Nov. 18, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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SOARING EAGLES

PORTLAND, Maine — Bald eagles are in the midst of record population growth in northern New England, where America’s national bird could soon find itself removed from all state endangered lists. The eagle was once completely gone from Vermont and New Hampshire and down to just 21 pairs in Maine. But wildlife officials and conservationists in the three states said the bird is repopulating fast, to the point where it has become a threat to rarer species in some areas. By Patrick Whittle. 500 words. With AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

PLOW DRIVERS: Maine’s aging workforce and low unemployment rate are raising worries about the number of plow truck drivers who keep the state moving in the winter. Plow driver Chris Gould of Lewiston tells the Sun Journal that the long hours and high maintenance costs are starting to cause a shortage.

ATTORNEY GENERAL-MAINE: Five people are interested in succeeding Janet Mills as Maine’s attorney general now that she’s been elected governor. Lawmakers are expected to pick the new attorney general on Dec. 5. They’ll also fill treasurer and secretary of state posts.

ROCKLAND STANDOFF: Police in Rockland, Maine, say a standoff ended with the suspect surrendering and no one getting hurt. Police say the state police tactical team was deployed before 34-year-old Joshua Ellis surrendered Saturday evening.

SCHOOL RECYCLING BOOST: Schools around Maine are getting help improving their recycling programs. Ecomaine, a nonprofit group, is providing more than $20,000 in grants to 13 recipients in the state. The group says the grants involve a suite of programs intended to keep waste from ending up in landfills.

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