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BC-ME--Maine News Digest 11 am, ME

May 5, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Sunday, May 5, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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SEAWEED RULING

PORTLAND, Maine _ Maine’s seaweed business has grown like a weed in recent years, with proponents touting it as both a “superfood” and an economic generator for the rural state — but the industry is now facing sticky new restrictions. Maine has a long tradition of seaweed harvesting, in which the algae is gathered for a wide variety of commercial uses, including some popular food products. Now, a recent court ruling could dramatically change the nature of the business in Maine, which has seen the harvest of the gooey stuff grow by leaps and bounds in the last decade, industry members said. By Patrick Whittle. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

SUICIDE RECORDS: Maine has agreed to turn over records of suicide attempts at the state’s only juvenile detention facility. The Portland Press Herald reports that the Maine Department of Corrections agreed to hand over the records to an advocacy group, Disability Rights Maine. A lawsuit alleges the department was improperly withholding records as the group investigates complaints about neglect and suicide attempts.

TURKEY HUNT-MAINE: The Maine spring turkey hunt is in full swing, including in the northern part of the state where it’s more restricted. The hunt runs from late April to June 1 all over the state. Hunters are allowed to take two bearded wild turkeys in most of Maine. The birds are plentiful in much of the state, and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife uses the hunt to control population growth.

AGING AGENCY BOSS: A group that provides resources to older residents and their caregivers says it has hired a new chief executive officer who will start work in August. The Southern Maine Agency on Aging says its board of directors has selected Megan Walton for the position. She is set to take over for Laurence Gross, who is retiring after spending 41 years with the agency.

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