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

May 19, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Sunday, May 19, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MAINE MARIJUANA

PORTLAND, Maine _ Sales of recreational marijuana in Maine are on track to begin next March, and the state is looking to learn from mistakes that other states have made in legalizing the drug. The state’s voters chose to legalize adult use marijuana in November 2016, and months of delays and political squabbles have caused the implementation of rules to drag on. But the state now has draft rules in hand and a road map to approving them. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 630 words, photos.

MARIJUANA-SOCIAL JUSTICE

NEW YORK _ Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and New Jersey, among other states weighing whether to join the 10 that allow recreational use of pot. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

ELECTRIC UTILITY: The public is weighing in on a push to replace Maine’s two largest electric companies with a single, consumer-owned utility.

FATAL CRASH: Maine State Police say a man has died after being thrown from a car during a crash.

CLEAN WATER PROJECTS: Maine’s two U.S. senators say the state is receiving more than $23 million from the federal government for projects that help provide clean water.

PROPERTY CRIME VICTIMS: Victims of property crimes could receive swifter and more complete compensation under a proposal that won approval from a legislative committee in Maine.

D-DAY-MAINE: The thunder in the skies over northern Maine harkens to another era: World War II.

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