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BC-ME--Maine News Digest 1:30 pm, ME

January 7, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Monday, Jan. 7, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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IMMIGRANT BENEFITS

AUGUSTA, Maine _ Maine’s New Democratic governor ran on proposing to restore cash benefits to certain immigrants. By Marina Villeneuve. UPCOMING: 300-500 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

SCHOOL MASCOT NICKNAME: The new Democratic governor of Maine weighed in on an ongoing debate in Skowhegan over the school district’s “Indians” nickname for its sports teams.

BORDER ENFORCEMENT ZONES-LEGISLATION: U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine is sponsoring legislation that would shrink the size of the border enforcement zone where federal agents can stop vehicles without warrants.

MAINE GOVERNOR-COUNSEL: Maine Democratic Gov. Janet Mills is naming the president of Maine’s community college system as her chief legal counsel.

GAS PRICES: Gas prices have dropped a bit more in northern New England.

GIRLFRIEND KILLING: A Maine man charged with killing his girlfriend is set to go on trial.

PAID SICK LEAVE: Maine’s biggest city plans to hold a public hearing on a proposal to allow employees to earn paid sick leave.

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