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

February 14, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Feb. 14, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SALMON RECOVERY

PORTLAND, Maine — The federal government outlined an ambitious, potentially costly new plan to restore Atlantic salmon in the United States, where rivers teemed with the fish before dams, pollution and overfishing decimated their populations. The Atlantic salmon has declined in the U.S. to the point where the last remaining wild populations of in the U.S. exist only in a handful of rivers in Maine. But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are offering a new recovery plan to bring back those fish, which are listed under the Endangered Species Act. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 610 words.

IN BRIEF:

VALENTINE’S DAY-HIGHWAY SIGNS: The Maine Department of Transportation has some valentines for motorists.

INMATE RECALL-RACIAL SLUR: A former jail inmate in Maine has filed a lawsuit against a corrections officer saying the officer used a racial slur and disclosed to other inmates that he was a federal informant.

BURLINGTON MALL: The construction firm hired to oversee the CityPlace project in Burlington, Vermont, is being sued by a Maine company for delays in building a $47 million biomedical facility.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA SALES: Medical marijuana sales are down in Maine for the second straight year, a decrease that some dispensary owners blame on unfair competition.

SUFFRAGE PANEL: The struggle for women’s, African-American, and Native-American suffrage is getting its due at the Maine governor’s residence.

REMOTE SCHOOL DAY: A Maine school district has implemented the state’s first-ever remote school day.

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