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

February 13, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Feb. 13, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

SALMON RECOVERY

The federal government has outlined an ambitious, costly new plan to restore populations of Atlantic salmon in the United States. American rivers once teemed with the salmon, but populations have declined to the point where the last remaining wild populations in the country exist only in a handful of rivers in Maine. By Patrick Whittle.

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WINTER WEATHER-NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND

A winter storm buried northern New England with heavy snow, causing a messy commute and creating a scary moment Wednesday when a man slipped and fell into Portland Harbor. There were no reports of serious highway accidents, but firefighters scrambled to rescue a man who slipped off a gangway between a pier and a boat in Portland. SENT: 275 words.

COLLEGES CLOSING

POULTNEY, Vt. _ After 185 years of educating students on its campus of brick buildings on Poultney’s main street, Green Mountain College announced last month it would close after this academic year, leaving hundreds of students scrambling to figure out where to go next. The liberal arts college, which saw enrollment drop 43 percent over the last decade, is going the way of some other small schools that have struggled to stay afloat amid a shift toward more career-oriented training and, particularly in college-rich New England, a decline in the number of high school students. By Lisa Rathke and Collin Binkley. SENT: 860 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

POWER LINE: Maine Gov. Janet Mills is showing new support for a proposed 145-mile power transmission line.

MAINE FIRE DEATH: Officials say a Maine man escaped from a burning house only to die when he went back inside to try to save his dog.

FEDERAL WORKER ASSISTANCE BILL: A Maine legislative committee is recommending that the Legislature should pass an emergency bill that would provide financial relief for federal workers in the state impacted by future government shutdowns.

MAINE POTATOES-CHINA: All four members of Maine’s Congressional delegation are joining a group of lawmakers that wants President Donald Trump’s administration to prioritize the U.S. potato industry in trade talks with China.

SCALLOP HEARINGS: Federal fishing managers are holding a series of hearings along the East Coast to gather feedback about potential changes to the rules governing the U.S.’s lucrative Atlantic ocean scallop fishery.

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