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

May 1, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, May 1, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine has become the first state to ban single-use food and drink containers made from polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill, which takes effect in 2021, into law Tuesday. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 510 words.


AUGUSTA, Maine — Health care providers on both sides of the abortion debate have begun to weigh in on a Maine bill to allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse-midwives to perform abortions. Supporters buoyed by Democratic wins in November said at a Wednesday hearing that the bill would expand rural women’s access to care. Opponents said Democratic Gov. Janet Mills’ bill lacks physician oversight over such mid-level providers. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.


PATRIOTS OWNER-PROSTITUTION CHARGE: A judge says video surveillance from police busts at two massage parlors in Florida can’t be used in prosecuting prostitution charges against alleged patrons in cases similar to one involving New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

PICKUP FATAL: Maine State Police say a pickup truck towing a trailer went out of control and crashed into a tree in Pembroke, killing the driver and seriously injuring his passenger

PRISON OPIOID TREATMENT: A federal appeals court has affirmed a judge’s order requiring a Maine jail to provide medication to a woman to keep her opioid addiction in remission.

HERRING FISHING: Interstate fishing managers have approved new protections for an important species of small fish that they hope will help reverse an alarming trend in the fish’s population. HFR at 1 a.m.

I95 FIERY FATAL: Maine State Police have identified a driver whose vehicle veered off I-95, struck trees and burst into flames in Hampden.


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