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

December 24, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Monday, Dec. 24, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

YE-MAINE-TOP STORIES

PORTLAND, Maine _ The election of a Democrat who vowed to reverse many of the policies championed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage is the top story of 2018 in Maine. By David Sharp. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-MAINE

PORTLAND, Maine _ New England’s last remaining Republican congressman is ending his legal battle against the election of a Democratic opponent under Maine’s new voting system. By Marina Villeneuve.

GMO LABEL-MAINE

PORTLAND, Maine _ Maine’s Democratic congresswoman is pushing back against the federal government’s plan to place labels on foods that were produced with genetic engineering. Rep. Chellie Pingree, an organic farmer who has been in office since 2009, has often focused on food issues during her time in Congress. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new standard for labeling genetic engineered food, she said, is “an insult to consumers.” By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 360 words.

IN BRIEF:

LABOR SHORTAGE-MAINE: Construction jobs have slightly dipped in Maine amid low unemployment rates and a tight labor market.

MARINE MAMMALS-PARTNERSHIP: The University of New Hampshire is partnering with the Seacoast Science Center to help determine what is causing the deaths of seals and other marine mammals found along the northern New England seacoast.

CRASH-UPS TRUCK: A Massachusetts woman has died in a car crash involving a UPS truck in Maine.

BIKE RIDE ECONOMIC IMPACT: The Bicycle Coalition of Maine says its annual BikeMaine event saw an increase of more than 10 percent in economic impact this year.

GAS PRICES: Gas prices are falling across norther New England as drivers head home for the holidays.

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