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

February 21, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Feb. 21, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

HYDROPOWER TRANSMISSION PROJECT

PORTLAND, Maine — Gov. Janet Mills is throwing her support behind a 145-mile transmission line across western Maine to supply Canadian hydropower to electricity consumers in Massachusetts, citing economic and environmental benefits under sweetened proposal by Central Maine Power. By David Sharp. SENT: 550 words.

UGLY PRODUCE

URBANDALE, Iowa — Is the “ugly produce’” trend already reaching the end of its shelf life in supermarkets? Walmart and Whole Foods in recent years tried selling some blemished fruits and vegetables at a discount, produce they said might otherwise be trashed because it’s not quite the right size, shape or color. But the two chains and others quietly ended their tests, suggesting dented apples and undersized potatoes may not be all that appealing in stores where better looking fruits and vegetables are on display. By Candice Choi and Scott McFetridge. SENT: 730 words.

IN BRIEF:

HAITI ABUSE-DEFAMATION: The Maine supreme court has declined to dismiss a defamation lawsuit against a Maine activist who accused an orphanage founder in Haiti of being a serial pedophile.

NORTHERN BORDER COMMISSION: An organization that promotes economic development in areas near the Canadian border in northern New England and upstate New York is expanding the areas eligible to receive the assistance.

COLD CASE KILLING-MAINE: Maine’s highest court has upheld the murder conviction of a man who was sentenced for the 1980 death of a 16-year-old in a case that stymied investigators for decades.

DA CANDIDATE-LAW LICENSE: A former lawyer and failed Republican candidate for district attorney in Maine has been charged with practicing law without a license.

FIREFIGHTERS QUIT: Nearly all of a Maine town’s firefighters have quit following a heated meeting with local officials.

FATAL FIRE-PORTLAND: Police have identified the person who was found dead in an apartment fire in Portland, Maine.

MAINE GOVERNOR-WASHINGTON: Maine’s Democratic governor is heading to the nation’s capital to attend the annual National Governors Association winter meeting.

SCALLOP HARVEST: This year’s Atlantic sea scallop fishing year begins in several weeks, and federal regulators are proposing new management measures for the valuable fishery.

WINTER WEATHER-NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND: A snowstorm that arrived overnight is creating another messy commute in northern New England.

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