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

January 18, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

FATHER-DAUGHTER LAWMAKERS

AUGUSTA, Maine — More women are serving in Maine’s Legislature than ever before, and this session will also see the state’s first recorded instance of a father and daughter serving side-by-side in the same chamber. Republican Reps. Amy Arata and Richard Bradstreet have both begun two-year terms in the Maine House representing several rural communities. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 440 words, photo.

ICE DISKS

MILLINOCKET, Maine — The massive ice disk that formed on a Maine river has a baby brother. Officials at Baxter State Park in northern Maine shared a photo of an ice disk that’s about 30 or 40 feet wide, located in wilderness more than 200 miles north of much larger disk that formed in Westbrook. SENT: 150 words, photo.

WINTER WEATHER

CHICAGO — A strong winter storm system is forecast to sweep across the Midwest into New England, bringing double-digit snow accumulations and high winds. By Caryn Rousseau. SENT: 300 words.

OFFSHORE DRILLING-LAWSUIT

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A federal judge in South Carolina has turned back the Trump administration’s attempt to continue preparatory work for offshore drilling during the federal government’s partial shutdown, issuing a ruling in a federal lawsuit challenging the overall expansion plans. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 570 words.

IN BRIEF:

GOVERNOR-NEW CITIZENS: Maine Gov. Janet Mills was on hand for a ceremony this week that saw 46 new U.S. citizens from 31 different countries take the oath of allegiance.

VACCINE EXEMPTIONS: Lawmakers in Maine will consider a bill designed to end non-medical exemptions from childhood vaccinations this year.

AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: Maine’s governor says she is nominating the president of the Maine Farmland Trust to serve as the new leader of the state’s department that oversees agriculture.

MAINE UNEMPLOYMENT: Maine labor officials say the state’s low unemployment rate held steady in December.

FATAL CRASH: Police in Maine say speed was a factor in the crash that killed a 38-year-old man.

FAKE EMAIL THREATS: A man who pleaded guilty to sending false, threatening emails that appeared to be from police has asked a judge for his release from prison until he’s sentenced.

WINTER WEATHER-NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND: Some places in northern New England are going to see some light snow, but it’s just a prelude to the big one this weekend.

SNOWMOBILE FATAL: Game wardens say a snowmobile operator died in a crash in Roxbury, becoming the second person killed in a snowmobile crash this season in Maine.

DRUG ENFORCEMENT APP: The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has released a new cellphone app where people can anonymously report suspected drug activity.

LOW-WAGE CONTRACTORS: Maine’s independent senator is among a group of lawmakers promoting legislation to secure back pay for employees who work as contractors for the U.S. government during the ongoing federal shutdown.

LAND MANAGEMENT: Maine is looking for the public’s feedback about how to better manage tens of thousands of acres of rural land and woods.

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