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

March 12, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, March 12, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MAYOR’S TEXTS-RACIAL TENSION

LEWISTON, Maine _ A mayor’s resignation amid turmoil that included the disclosure of a racist text message is renewing tensions in a Maine city that has grappled with diversity since the arrival of thousands of African immigrants. Shane Bouchard acknowledged sometimes saying “stupid things” after a text message surfaced in which he likened elderly black people to “antique farm equipment.” He resigned Friday. By David Sharp. SENT: 735 words, photos.

TRUMP-NATIONAL MONUMENTS

SALT LAKE CITY — As Democrats in Congress prepare to scrutinize President Donald Trump’s review of 27 national monuments, most of the recommendations made by ex-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke remain unfinished, seemingly stuck on the backburner as other matters consume the White House. By Brady McCombs and Matthew Brown. SENT: 930 words, photos.

NORTHERN BORDER-ILLEGAL CROSSINGS

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The number of people apprehended along the U.S. border with Canada is continuing to climb, according to newly released statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

KING-CANCER TREATMENT: Sen. Angus King of Maine says he’s dodged cancer three times now that he’s completed radiation treatments for a residual recurrence that followed prostate surgery four years ago.

SICK DAYS-REPUBLICANS: A Democratic-led bill for paid sick leave in Maine is advancing as Republicans go public with their own ideas.

LOBSTER PROCESSING: A proposal that could clear the way for more lobster processing in Massachusetts has made it through the state Senate.

MAINE GOVERNOR-BEARS: Maine’s biologists are grappling with rapid growth in the bear population, and the state’s governor has joined them to learn more — and to sneak in a little snuggle time with cubs.

SEX TRAFFICKING-VICTIM DIES: Prosecutors say the alleged victim in a sex trafficking case who was scheduled to testify against her fiance has been found dead.

FATAL SNOWMOBILE CRASH-MADAWASKA: A Maine man who was critically injured in a snowmobile crash has died.

DEADLY CRASH: Police in Maine say the results of an investigation into a deadly traffic crash involving a taxi and a pickup truck will not likely be available for weeks.

FIREFIGHTER DEATH-MAINE: Maine firefighters are preparing to lay to rest a town fire chief who died after suffering a medical emergency during the funeral of another firefighter.

SICK DAYS-REPUBLICANS: Maine Republicans are trying to gain support for their paid sick leave proposal following a party-line committee vote.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS-MAINE: Senate Democrats plan to roll-out legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs.

SICK DAYS-REPUBLICANS: Maine Republicans say they’re proposing a “reasonable” compromise on paid sick leave.

GOOGLE-THREAT:_A man who said he drove cross-country to confront Google officials has been arrested in California with three baseball bats in his car’s trunk.

MACKEREL HARVEST: The East Coast harvest of an economically important species of small fish will be scaled back for the rest of the year.

MALL SOLD: The management of a northern Maine mall has confirmed it has been sold to an undisclosed buyer.

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