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

January 2, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Jan. 2, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

MAINE GOVERNOR-INAUGURAL

AUGUSTA, Maine _ Maine’s outgoing Democratic attorney general is set to be sworn in as the state’s first female governor. The inauguration of Gov.-elect Janet Mills is scheduled for Wednesday evening at Augusta’s civic center. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. Photos planned.

IN BRIEF:

ILLEGAL FISH RELEASE: A Maine state biologist says a species of illegally introduced fish has turned up in a landlocked pond in a rural part of the state, potentially jeopardizing the local ecosystem.

NEW YEAR BABY: Hospital officials say Maine’s first new baby of 2019 arrived in the northern reaches of the state just minutes after the countdown.

OIL TANKER FIRE: Officials say a tanker truck loaded with 9,500 gallons of heating oil burst into flames following a collision in the town of Belgrade, Maine.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION CHIEF: Maine’s next governor is continuing to build out her cabinet, nominating a fellow attorney to lead the Department of Environmental Protection.

COUPLE DEATHS: State Police are investigating the deaths of a man and woman found dead in their apartment in South Paris in western Maine.

SALMON FARMING: The architects of a large salmon farm planned for coastal Maine say they will seek a sustainability certification once the facility is up and running.

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