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

January 9, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Jan. 9, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

NEW BILLS

AUGUSTA, Maine _ Democrats with newfound control over Maine’s Legislature have proposed bills to expand access to health care, eliminate restrictions on solar projects, forgive student debt and promote firearms safety, according to the titles of over 2,000 bills released by the Legislature. Meanwhile, other bills — proposed by Democrats, Republicans and independents — would tackle the opioid crisis, the roll-out marijuana sales and the future of ranking candidates on the ballot. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 665 words.

IN BRIEF:

HEATING OIL PRICES: Winter is in full swing in Maine, but heating oil prices are continuing to tumble in the state.

MAINE SHOOTING DEATH: A man who was charged along with two others in a fatal home invasion in Maine has pleaded guilty.

MENHADEN HEALTH: One of the most important species of fish in the ocean’s food chain is getting a close look to help determine the health of its population.

LAND TRUST LEADER: A land trust that protects thousands of acres of Maine land has new leadership.

LABOR MURAL: Maine’s new Democratic governor says a state museum will continue to house a mural depicting the history of the state’s labor movement that her Republican predecessor fought to put in storage.

WINTER WEATHER: A nuisance storm that dumped several inches of snow is just a prelude to a nastier storm.

SONGWRITER-MAINE: Maine native Amy Allen has her first No. 1 hit as a songwriter.

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