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

February 4, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Monday, Feb. 4, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

BORDER WALL-TERRORISM-VERMONT

RICHFORD, Vt. — It was about 2 a.m. on a moonless October night in 1987 when the police chief of a small northern Vermont town spotted a man carrying a black bag and walking down the railroad tracks from Canada toward a waiting van about a mile south of the border. The man turned out to be linked to a Lebanese extremist group. And in his bag, later recovered from a ditch, were a ski mask and a propane-canister bomb. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 890 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

MARIJUANA-ZONING LAWS: City councilors in Portland, Maine are reviewing changes to zoning rules that could allow marijuana retailers to sell regular food and drinks on site.

SHRIMP FARM ACQUISITION: A major player in aquaculture that has facilities in Maine says it has completed acquisition of one of the largest premium shrimp farms in Latin America.

INMATE DEATH: An inmate has pleaded not guilty to killing his cellmate at a minimum security prison in Maine.

CRIME MOVIE-MAINE: A former Mainer is set to film his crime thriller “Allagash” in western Maine.

LOBSTER LICENSES: A trade group representing Maine’s lobstermen is set to take a position on a proposal to let dozens of people off the state’s waiting list for lobster fishing licenses.

HOSPITAL CLOSURE: Mayo Regional Hospital has announced it will close its primary care office in a small central Maine town.

GAS PRICES: Prices are still dropping at the gasoline pumps in northern New England.

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