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

May 23, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, May 23, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ABORTION BILLS-MAINE

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Democratic push to make it easier to get an abortion in Maine gained ground Thursday as the Senate passed a bill to allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse-midwives to perform the procedure. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 410 words.

VACCINATION BILLS-MAINE

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s Legislature sent a bill to the governor’s desk Thursday that would eliminate religious and philosophical exemptions for required vaccinations, amid growing concerns that abuse of such opt-outs is helping to fuel outbreaks. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 765 words.

MAINE MARIJUANA

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s marijuana enthusiasts used a public hearing on Thursday to implore the state to protect the small businesses and growers they think should make up the backbone of the state’s budding cannabis industry. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 330 words.

IN BRIEF:

RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS: A natural gas distribution company in Maine plans to get into the production side of things with a poop-to-gas renewable energy project.

AUBURN STANDOFF: Police in Maine say they found weapons including “approximately seven” rifles and a handgun in the basement where a man was fatally shot by police, ending a six-hour standoff.

PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION: Maine could provide further protections for pregnant workers from discrimination in the workplace when their employers fail to accommodate them.

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