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

May 21, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, May 21, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

EDITORS: The story slugged Hands-Free Driving is not moving this cycle.

TOP STORIES:

FOOTBALL PLAYER-CLASSMATE DEATH

ELLSWORTH, Maine _ The trial is underway for a 21-year-old man accused of raping, beating and strangling a former high school classmate in Bar Harbor, Maine. Testimony began after opening arguments Tuesday morning in Hanock County Superior Court in the trial of Jalique Keene. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

VACCINATION BILLS: A bill to end Maine’s religious and philosophical exemptions to vaccines needs to clear just one more hurdle before heading to the governor’s desk.

LAWMAKER CHARGED-HUNTING LICENSE: A Maine district attorney is dismissing charges against a former state lawmaker for failing to disclose a felony conviction when he obtained a hunting license.

ARREST VIDEO: Maine’s supreme court has ordered a new trial for a man who allegedly resisted arrest because jurors weren’t allowed to see cellphone video taken by the defendant’s sister.

ASYLUM SEEKERS-MAINE: The City Council in Maine’s largest city is restoring funding for a program that provides financial help to asylum seekers who don’t qualify for state assistance.

MAINE METH: Law enforcement officers they’ve seized 14 pounds of meth during a traffic stop on the Maine Turnpike.

ATV DEATH: Police in Maine say a crash involving an all-terrain vehicle in Down East Maine killed a woman and injured a man.

FATAL CRASH-DRIVER SEARCH: Police in Maine say they’re looking for the driver of a car that caused a fatal crash in Woodstock.

BODY FOUND-SHORE: Police in New Hampshire say a body has been found on the shore of Great Bay and an autopsy has been scheduled.

AERIAL SPRAYING-FORESTS: A committee of the Maine Legislature is slated to resume a debate over a proposal to prohibit aerial spraying of herbicides in the state’s forests.

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