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

December 26, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.

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.

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BEAR NECESSITIES

PORTLAND, Maine _ The state with most black bears on the East Coast might change the way it manages its growing population of the animals, and hunters and environmentalists alike are keeping a watchful eye to see if there’s trouble brewing for bruins. Maine is home to more than 35,000 of the bears, up from just 23,000 less than 15 years ago, and the state wants to better manage that population growth to minimize the potential for conflicts between the bears and people. While bear populations are also growing in Vermont and New Hampshire, Maine’s has grown to be among the largest in the United States. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 700 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

EDUCATION COMMISSIONER: Maine Democratic Gov.-elect Janet Mills has tapped a longtime educator as education chief.

BURGLARY SUSPECT-RIDE: Authorities in Maine say a burglar had a bite to eat, watched TV and even got a car ride from his unsuspecting victim.

FATAL CRASH-WALDO: Authorities say black ice and the failure to use a seatbelt may have been factors in a crash that killed a Brooks woman.

HIGH-SPEED CRASH: A woman could face charges after police say she was driving more than 100 mph before crashing into a pickup truck in the Maine Turnpike.

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