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

December 4, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, Dec. 4, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-MAINE

A Maine judge will decide whether to nix a court-ordered deadline for Maine to adopt regulations to roll-out voter-approved Medicaid expansion.

MAINE LEGISLATURE

A new crop of lawmakers are being sworn-in in the state’s capitol. Democrats are enjoying newfound control over the Senate, House and governor’s mansion.

UPCOMING:

PARENTS KILLED

AUGUSTA, Maine — A teenager who fatally stabbed her parents and pet dog faces up to 55 years when she’s sentenced. Andrea Balcer (BAHL’-sur) pleaded guilty under an agreement that caps her sentence. She was 17 at the time of the Oct. 31, 2016, stabbings at their Winthrop home. The teenager told a police dispatcher that she “snapped” on the night of the stabbings. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 6 p.m., photos.

RACIST GRAFFITI

COLLEGE PARK, Md.— A black student blamed his “bottled up anger” for racist, threatening graffiti he admitted to scrawling in a bathroom on a Maryland college campus, according to a police report. Baltimore County police on Monday filed hate crime charges against 21-year-old Fynn Arthur, a Brunswick, Maine, resident who was enrolled as a student at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 510 words, photo.

ALSO, noting the following, which originally moved Monday night:

ELECTION 2018-MAINE-FEMALE LAWMAKERS

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine voters sent a record number of women to the Legislature on Election Day as liberal spending boosting female candidates helped Democrats sweep into control of the Statehouse. A total of 72 female lawmakers will soon be sworn in to the Legislature now dominated by Democrats, including 12 in the Senate and a record-breaking 60 women in the House, according to election results collected by The Associated Press. The record held by women serving in the Statehouse was 64 in 2017. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 840 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

MAINE GOVERNOR: Maine’s Republican governor will not administer the oath of office to lawmakers at their ceremonial swearing-in ceremony.

FAT BOY RESTAURANT: A landmark fast food drive-in restaurant in Maine is now up for sale.

PRESIDENT’S ELECTRICIAN: A Maine man who worked as an electrician for the Bush family says he’s been invited to former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral.

BILLING DELAYS: Maine utility regulators say they may force Central Maine Power to absorb costs for unbilled electricity.

HEAD START: Heart Start programs in Down East Maine will receive nearly $2 million to improve service.

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