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

May 3, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Friday, May 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

RURAL HEALTH

AUGUSTA, Maine _ A Maine Democrat has proposed to boost reimbursement to hospitals in the largely rural state while encouraging them to help pay off their employees’ student loans. Senate President Troy Jackson urged lawmakers to support his legislation at a public hearing Friday. “In rural Maine, hospitals are struggling to keep the doors open,” Jackson said. SENT: 345 words.

DRILLING BAN

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — All 10 U.S. senators in coastal New England are reintroducing a proposal to bar oil and gas drilling from the region’s shores. The group faults President Donald Trump’s administration with stalling to release a new draft of its five-year offshore leasing plan. The group of senators led by Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says that means the Atlantic continental shelf off of New England is still at risk of being opened up to drilling. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

RURAL PRISON: Maine will build a new pre-release center on the grounds of a former minimum-security prison under an agreement struck by the governor and local lawmakers.

NUISANCE BEARS: Maine wildlife authorities in Maine say the state has already received more than three dozen complaints this spring about nuisance bears, which are emerging from their dens hungry for food.

BODY FOUND-MISSING MAN: Authorities in Maine say a forest service helicopter has found the body of a man who had been missing for more than two weeks.

SHIPYARD VISIT: Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer is going to be visiting the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

SHARK FISHING: The rules for recreational shark fishermen are going to get more difficult to try to protect a vulnerable species of shark.

MAINE GOVERNOR-CHILDREN CABINET: Maine’s Democratic governor is bringing back the state’s children’s cabinet in hopes of reducing youth drop-out, recidivism and incarceration rates.

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