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

May 16, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, May 16, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

AERIAL SPRAYING-FORESTS

PORTLAND, Maine — Members of the Maine timber industry are pushing back at a proposal to prohibit aerial spraying of herbicides in the state’s forests. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 330 words.

ABORTION REGULATIONS-LAWSUITS

RICHMOND, Va. — As abortion opponents cheer the passage of fetal heartbeat laws and other bans on the procedure, abortion-rights groups have been waging a quieter battle in courthouses around the country to overturn less direct restrictions passed in recent years. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 925 words.

IN BRIEF:

FIBER COMPANY PURCHASE: The company that owns and operates a major fiber network in Maine has been sold to a New York company.

DRINKING WATER-LEAD: The Maine Senate is unanimously supporting a proposal to provide more comprehensive testing for lead in school drinking water.

ALASKA COLD CASE: A Maine man is no longer fighting extradition to Alaska to face charges that he raped and killed a woman there more than 25 years ago.

CUBA-EXPORTS: Maine’s two U.S. senators are joining with colleagues in an effort to take away a barrier for American farmers who want to sell products to Cuba.

LIVESTOCK EXPO-KIDS DAY: Dozens of busloads of students are headed to the Windsor Fairgrounds in Maine to learn about agriculture and livestock.

COD FISHING: The recreational fishery for a species of fish that has experienced population collapse in recent history could reopen.

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