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

January 11, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Friday, Jan. 11, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

MAINE GOP

AUGUSTA, Maine _ Maine Republicans who suffered blistering losses in November are set to elect leaders. The election of party officers on Saturday in Augusta comes as Republicans statewide are trying to figure out a path forward following the loss of the governor’s mansion and state Senate. Democrats also control the Maine House. UPCOMING: 350-400 words upon conclusion of 10 a.m. meeting.

TOP STORIES:

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-MANIE

PORTLAND, Maine _ Republican Sen. Susan Collins said she opposes any attempt by President Donald Trump to use emergency powers to build a border wall. UPCOMING, 350 words by 6 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

OBIT-VERNA BLOOM: Verna Bloom, the actress who portrayed the wife of the dean in the movie “Animal House,” has died.

CRASH-DRIVER CHARGED: Police have charged a box truck driver for his role in a crash in Maine that left a 10-month old seriously injured.

PRESCHOOL FUNDING: Maine’s U.S. senators say the state is receiving more than $1 million from the federal government to boost preschools and early education programs in the state.

FARM BILL MONEY: Agriculture officials in Maine are looking for farmers, foresters and others to come forward with ideas about how to spend conservation funds from the federal Farm Bill in the state.

SODA SALES CENTER: Coca-Cola says it is closing a sales office in Maine, and offering the 12 employees there other positions in the company.

BEAR HUNT: Legislators might consider changes to Maine’s bear hunt in the coming year as the state grapples with a growing population of the animals. Maine has more than 35,000 bears, an increase of more than 12,000 from the mid-2000s.

WHOOPING COUGH: Three school districts across Maine say they’ve received reports of students diagnosed with whooping cough.

FATAL CRASH-CHARGES: A grand jury has handed up an indictment of a Maine man in connection with a fatal tow truck crash last year. Police say the crash took place Nov. 13 in Windham.

HOME CONFINEMENT-RESIDENT FOUND: New Hampshire corrections officials say a home confinement resident who removed his ankle monitor and was put on escape status has been found in Maine.

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