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

December 27, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018.

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

CHINESE TOURISTS-SEX TRAFFICKING

A couple is due in federal court in Maine for a detention hearing related to their indictment on charges of using Chinese nationals in a sex-trafficking operation. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

ODD NEW ENGLAND

Things got a little wild in New England in 2018 — as in actual animals weaseling their way into the headlines. SENT: 842 words.

IN BRIEF:

WINTER WEATHER: Maine is looking at a messy upcoming day on the roads, as snow, sleet and freezing rain are all in the forecast in the Pine Tree State.

FATAL CRASH-CHRISTMAS EVE: Police in Maine say they are still investigating a single-car crash in which a woman died on Christmas Eve morning when her car left a roadway and hit a tree.

HISTORIC MILL PURCHASE: A New Hampshire developer has purchased a historic Maine mill for $5.1 million.

SOFT-SHELL LOBSTER MARKETING: A state funded lobster marketing council is aiming to court fishmongers to carry more soft-shell lobsters with a new marketing campaign.

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