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

March 1, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Friday, March 1, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 HAUL

ROCKPORT, Maine _ Maine lobstermen brought more than 119 million pounds (54 million kilograms) of the state’s signature seafood ashore last year, an increase that helped to propel the total value of Maine’s seafood to the second-highest value on record, state officials said Friday. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 740 words.

IN BRIEF:

MAINE DEPUTY KILLED: Several officers who arrested a man accused of killing a Maine sheriff’s deputy acknowledged cursing at him, and a state police agent said he hit him several times on the head for resisting being handcuffed.

FOOD STAMP BENEFITS: Food assistance benefits are set to triple in Maine starting in March.

LEFTIST SCHOOLS: A Maine Republican’s bill that sought to ban teachers from discussing political or ideological advocacy with students has been unanimously rejected by a state legislative committee.

CITY-SOLAR POWER: A Maine city has offset almost 90 percent of its electric costs with the help of solar power.

LL BEAN: L.L. Bean’s latest version of its iconic boot features something old and something borrowed to make something new.

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