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

April 16, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, April 16, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

BLUEBERRY OVERHAUL

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine lawmakers might try to pump some life into the state’s troubled wild blueberry industry by overhauling the makeup of the commission that promotes the state’s most important fruit crop. Maine is America’s sole significant commercial producer of wild blueberries. These are smaller than the ubiquitous cultivated blueberries and are used in lots of frozen and processed products. The industry is weathering a difficult time, as harvesters collected about 57 million pounds of the fruit in 2018, down nearly 11 million pounds from the previous year. Prices have been lukewarm, too. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 395 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

FIRE DEATHS: Fire officials in Maine say two fatal fires in the state in recent days were caused by accidents.

SINGLE CAR CRASH-MAN DIES: A man has been killed in a single-car crash in Maine.

SUSAN COLLINS THREAT: A woman charged with sending a threatening letter to the home of Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is facing a detention hearing.

INFANT DEATH ARREST: The manslaughter case of a man charged in the death of a 6-month-old boy is underway in Maine.

NALOXONE-SCHOOLS: The governor of Maine is developing a program that would stock all the state’s high schools and middle schools with the overdose antidote drug, naloxone.

SALMON RECOVERY: Addressing the problems caused by dams is still the biggest challenge facing the recovery of the Atlantic salmon.

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