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

March 18, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ABORTION LAWSUIT-MAINE

PORTLAND, Maine — The American Civil Liberties Union and a group of abortion providers argued on Monday that a federal court should allow a trial on whether to strike down a 40-year-old Maine law that prevents non-doctors from performing abortions. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 450 words.

IN BRIEF:

SWANVILLE SHOOTING: A state police affidavit filed in a killing in the town of Swanville, Maine, indicates a love triangle ended with a man being shot seven times.

CIVIL WAR FLAG: An American flag that a Maine regiment brought into battles in Louisiana and Texas during the Civil War has returned to its home state.

GAS PRICES: Gasoline prices are still on their way up in northern New England.

GAS STATION SHOOTING: Authorities in central Arkansas are searching for two people who shot and killed a military serviceman who tried to stop a robbery at a gas station.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-MAINE: Democratic Maine Gov. Janet Mills says it is vitally important to call out bigotry and hatred in all forms, even a casual remark among friends.

ALASKA COLD CASE: A Maine man who is fighting extradition to Alaska for a murder charge is due back in court for his case.

FIREFIGHTERS-QUIT: Voters in a Maine town approved an ordinance replacing an independent fire company with a town fire department following mass resignations of firefighters.

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSES: Democratic Gov. Janet Mills’ administration wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit claiming Maine failed to fill public health nurses positions that lawmakers budgeted.

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