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

December 20, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018.

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-MAINE

PORTLAND, Maine _ Maine’s Republican governor has cast more doubt on a recent congressional election, which the losing GOP incumbent is seeking to nullify in a federal lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the state’s new voting system. SENT: 500 words. By Marina Villeneuve and Patrick Whittle.

MAINE GOVERNOR

PORTLAND, Maine _ Maine’s departing Republican governor is doubling down on his discredited claim that out-of-state black and Hispanic drug dealers are responsible for an overwhelming percentage of drug trafficking in the state. Gov. Paul LePage repeated his claim Thursday afternoon on Maine Public. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.

HIGH POWER BILLS

PORTLAND, Maine _ An independent audit faults Central Maine Power leadership for errors introduced by a new billing system but found those errors to be “minimal” and concluded that the meters are accurate, the Maine Public Utilities Commission reported Thursday. By David Sharp. SENT: 370 words.

IN BRIEF:

UMAINE COACH: The coach who brought University of Maine to its first Football Championship Subdivision national semifinal appearance is headed to Minnesota.

HIGH-SPEED CAR CHARGERS: An energy efficiency agency in Maine says the first string in a statewide web of high-speed electric vehicle chargers will be installed next year.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW: Marijuana businesses hope a new law that allows medical marijuana sales between businesses will help Maine’s industry.

TRANSPORTATION CHIEF: Maine’s governor-elect says she is nominating a director with the Maine Turnpike Authority to be the new commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation.

HOUSE FIRE: Officials say a man is unaccounted for following a fire that swept through a home in Millinocket, Maine.

CANCELED CLASSES-OIL SMELL: Classes have been canceled at a Maine middle school after the smell of heating oil left some students and staff with headaches and nausea.

SAILBOAT SKIPPER CHARGED: Federal prosecutors who’ve charged a Maine sailboat captain in the death a crew member who jumped overboard are beginning to lay out their case.

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