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

January 15, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, Jan. 15, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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WIND REPORT-MAINE

A Maine commission created as part of the former Republican governor’s efforts to hinder wind projects has released a report drawing few conclusions about the impact of wind turbines. The wind energy advisory commission’s report released this month said its initial information does not suggest wind turbines pose “significant detrimental impacts” on property values, tourism or other concerns. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 415 words.

GIANT ICE DISK

WESTBROOK, Maine — Think of it as a crop circle, but in a river. A curious formation that’s getting attention in Greater Portland is actually a spinning ice disk that is roughly 100 yards (91 meters) wide. The formation in the Presumpscot River was widely shared on social media and has drawn comparisons to an alien spacecraft, a carousel and the moon. The oddity drew a crowd that stood mesmerized by the slow-turning disk Tuesday afternoon in Westbrook. SENT: 185 words, photo.

CLERGY ABUSE-JESUITS

NEW YORK — The governing body for the Jesuit order in the northeastern United States released a list Tuesday of 50 priests under its jurisdiction who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors. All but 15 of the Roman Catholic priests on the list released by the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus are dead, and all of the alleged abuse all took place before 1997. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 585 words.

TRUMP-BORDER PATROL

WASHINGTON _ Brandon Judd, president of the union that represents thousands of border patrol agents, has flipped the axiom that there are no winners in a government shutdown. His proximity to President Donald Trump has elevated the union leader’s profile while burnishing the image of the U.S. Border Patrol, a backwater in prior administrations when compared to other federal law enforcement agencies like the FBI and Secret Service. By Richard Lardner. SENT: 1,545 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

BEST-SELLING BOOZE: There’s no question Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy is a Maine icon, but its status as the state’s best-selling liquor is over.

GOLDEN-COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENT: Freshman U.S. Rep. Jared Golden of Maine has been named to the House Armed Services Committee.

COMMUNITY CENTER-FIRE: A fire has forced the closure of a community center in Westbrook, Maine.

LOBSTER PLANT CLOSING: A major lobster company is shutting down its Connecticut facility this week and shifting work to its other operations in the Northeast.

GIRLFRIEND KILLING: A Maine judge is set to announce the verdict for a man charged with killing his girlfriend.

DEATH INVESTIGATION: Maine State Police are investigating the death of a woman in her home in the town of Clifton.

SPORTS BETTING: Maine lawmakers are poised to debate whether to allow Mainers to legally place bets sports games.

SENIOR HOUSING BONDS: Maine’s new Democratic governor is set to sign senior housing bonds held up by her Republican predecessor since 2015.

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