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BC-ME--Maine News Digest, 12 pm, ME

March 24, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

MUD MISERY

UNDATED _ Potholes, frost heaves, mountains of melting snow, and lots and lots of mud. It must be spring in northern New England. The region’s cold and snowy winter is giving way to an early spring and what is known as “mud season” in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. This year, it’s muddier and bumpier than most since many parts of the states had especially rainy and snowy winters. By Patrick Whittle. 600 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

BALLOON LAW: A Maine town is asking people to keep a grip on their balloons. Residents of Unity on Saturday approved an ordinance prohibiting the intentional release of 10 or more balloons within a 24-hour period.

CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL: It’s lights, camera, meow for a video festival that shows claws for a cause. The Portland Museum of Art is billing Cat Video Fest 2019 as “a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos” culled from unique submissions, sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, “classic internet powerhouses.”

CATHEDRAL ANNIVERSARY: Maine’s Roman Catholics are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. The tallest building in Portland emerged after the Great Fire of 1866 destroyed the original cathedral that was under construction, along with the parish school, convent and bishop’s residence.

MAPLE SYRUP SUNDAY: Maine might be the Pine Tree State, but this day is all about maple. Sunday is Maine’s annual Maple Syrup Sunday, in which maple syrup producers in the state open their doors to the public for a look at how the sticky stuff gets from the tree to the pancakes.

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