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BC-ME--Maine News Digest 6 pm, ME

March 25, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Monday, March 25, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

LOBSTER MARKETING

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s lobster business is starting a new push to try to get the state’s most coveted seafood item to corners of the country that don’t get a chance to crack open a lobster tail as often as New Englanders. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 440 words.

MAINE UTILITY SOLD

The owner of a Maine utility that serves many of the state’s rural and remote regions says it has reached an agreement to sell its interest in the power company to a Canadian firm. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

PREGNANT NURSES: Talk about a baby boom.

ICE FISHING EXTENDED: Maine Gov. Janet Mills has signed emergency legislation designed to extend the state’s ice fishing season.

SURPRISE TIP: An anonymous customer at a Maine restaurant seemingly approved of the eatery’s service, leaving a $2,000 tip on a $48 bill.

SLUDGE CONTAMINATION: Maine officials say they will start using new controls of the use of sludge amid concerns from a dairy farm in the state about chemical contamination.

FLAVORED TOBACCO-MAINE: Maine legislators will hold a public hearing on a bill that would ban all flavored tobacco products statewide.

COLLINS-BIPARTISANSHIP: Democrats say Republican Sen. Susan Collins tows the party line too often. But a Georgetown University think tank says she’s the most likely to work across party lines.

GASOLINE PRICES: Gasoline prices are still on the rise in northern New England.

DELIVERY-TRUCK-BODIES: A trial is about to get underway this week for a man charged in the deaths of two homeless people found inside a burning truck in Bangor, Maine.

MAINE SCALLOPS: Maine’s scallop season is entering its final days of the year with another closure of a scalloping ground.

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