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BC-ME--Maine News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, ME

February 7, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Feb. 7, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

RIGHT WHALE PROTECTION

PORTLAND, Maine _ Interstate fishing managers are starting the process of trying to reduce the amount of lobster fishing gear off the East Coast in an attempt to help save a declining species of rare whale. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission announced on Wednesday that it would consider options designed to reduce vertical lobster fishing lines in the water by as much as 40 percent. The lines pose a threat to the North Atlantic right whale, which is one of the rarest marine mammals in the world. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 375 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

AMBULANCE CAMERAS: Lawmakers held a hearing in the Maine capital for a bill that would place cameras in all ambulances.

TAX BREAKS: Maine lawmakers are asking the public to weigh in on a report calling for a new look at tax breaks for businesses in the state.

TRANSMISSION PROJECT: Central Maine Power is proposing $258 million in incentives over 40 years to win support for a 145-mile transmission line across the wilderness of western Maine.

HERRING FISHING: Interstate fishing managers are proposing options to try to better protect the Gulf of Maine’s population of herring, which is a valuable fish that has declined in recent years.

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