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

May 17, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, May 17, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

REBUILDING FISHERIES

PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. government says the number of American fish stocks that can be described as “overfished” has hit an all-time low. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made the statement on Thursday as part of its annual Status of Stocks report. The agency says six species are being removed from its list of overfished stocks, including popular, commercially-fished stocks of red snapper and New England flounder. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

CIA-HASPEL-POLITICS

WASHINGTON — The political schism in the Democratic Party is playing out in the confirmation vote for Gina Haspel as CIA director, as support from red-state senators facing re-election bumps up against a more liberal flank eyeing potential 2020 presidential bids and rejecting the nominee over the agency’s clouded history of torture. Haspel’s confirmation became all but certain with a favorable 10-5 vote Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Yet the division in the Senate is set in large part by the election calendar, home-state geography and personal views — and it may define Democrats for years to come. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 830 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

STOLEN POLICE CAR: Prosecutors say a man charged with stealing a police cruiser in Maine slipped through an 11-by-11 inch opening while handcuffed to get into the driver’s seat.

BODY CAMERAS-ANDROSCOGGIN: Sheriff’s deputies in a Maine county will be using body cameras and new patrol car cameras.

COLLEGE PUB CLOSURE: A pub that’s been a preferred after-class hang-out for students at the University of Maine for more than 23 years says it will close its doors at the end of this month.

RURAL BROADBAND: Maine’s two U.S. senators are joining 61 of their colleagues in a call for the Federal Communications Commission to advance broadband services in rural America.

FOOD BANK-GRANT: A Maine food bank has been awarded a $50,000 grant, which will go toward the purchase of a cold storage unit.

LIVESTOCK EXPO: A livestock exposition in Maine is welcoming more students this year than any other time in its history.

YOUTH CENTER LAWSUIT: The Maine Department of Corrections says an 11-year-old whose teeth were knocked out is to blame for his injuries.

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