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

May 14, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, May 14, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MAINE GOVERNOR-BUDGET

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine is expected to see tens of millions of dollars in extra state revenue, and the governor proposed Tuesday to put $20 million of the money into the rainy day fund. SENT: 480 words.

VACCINATION BILLS

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s Senate has backed an end to the state’s religious and philosophical exemptions to vaccines. The Senate’s 18-17 vote Tuesday means the bill faces a round of procedural votes in both chambers before heading to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills’ desk. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.

CUSTODY DISPUTE-DOG

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bitter custody battle in Maine focuses not on a child but on a dog. A woman who’s seeking visitation rights is asking the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to issue an advisory opinion regarding pet ownership when a relationship fizzles. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated after 3:30 p.m. hearing.

VACCINATION BILLS

A bill to end certain exemptions to vaccines faces an uncertain future as lawmakers disagree on specifics. The Senate is set to vote on a bill as some lawmakers push to preserve religious exemptions. The original bill proposed ending both vaccine opt-outs by 2021 for schoolchildren. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

PUC CHAIR STEPS DOWN: The chairman of Maine’s Public Utilities Commission has stepped down, leaving empty a seat on the three-person commission at the center of the state’s divisive energy policy and utility rate issues.

ABORTION-MAINE: A bill to require Maine’s Medicaid program and private insurers to cover abortion by 2020 is moving ahead in the state’s Democratic-controlled Legislature.

INTRUDER-BED: Police say a Florida man broke into a home and crawled into bed with an 11-year-old girl before fleeing and being arrested in York, Maine.

FOREST PEST-PARK: Officials in Maine’s largest city say they’re getting ready to deal with an infestation of a destructive forest pest in one of the Portland’s most prominent public spaces.

MAINE GOVERNOR-BUDGET: Maine is expected to see tens of millions in extra state revenues and the governor wants to put $20 million of such money into the state’s rainy day fund.

PORTLAND HEAD LIGHT-PARKING: The waterfront park that’s home to Maine’s oldest and most-photographed lighthouse will remain free to visitors — but not for their cars.

FROZEN MAY: April showers bring May ... snow?

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