BC-ME--Maine News Digest, 1:30 PM, ME, ME
Maine news from The Associated Press for Saturday, Jan. 26, 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.
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AUGUSTA, Maine _ A Maine lawmaker has proposed limiting the influence of lobbyists, restricting when former lawmakers can start lobbying and banning the use of political funds for personal profit. The bills, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Justin Chenette, are set for public hearings Wednesday and Feb. 6 at the Maine Statehouse. Similar bills have failed in the past under Democrats and Republicans amid concerns that current ethics rules are strong enough, but Chenette said several of his bills have buy-in from Democratic leaders wielding newfound control in the Senate and House. By Marina Villeneuve.
ICE FISHING DERBY: A state park in central Maine will be the site of a youth ice fishing derby in which gear, bait and instruction are all provided.
FATAL FIRE-MAINE: Authorities in Maine say a man died in a fire at a mobile home. Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland said the early Saturday morning fire in Kittery appears to have started in the kitchen-living room area of the mobile home.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING-MAINE: Several advocacy groups are hosting a daylong conference on human trafficking trends in Maine.
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