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BC-ME--Maine News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, ME

February 13, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Feb. 13, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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HEATING AID SURVEY

One third of American households that received federal heating aid received shut-off notices last year, according to a survey commissioned by the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association. Developing.

COLLEGES CLOSING

POULTNEY, Vt. _ After 185 years of educating students on its campus of brick buildings on Poultney’s main street, Green Mountain College announced last month it would close after this academic year, leaving hundreds of students scrambling to figure out where to go next. The liberal arts college, which saw enrollment drop 43 percent over the last decade, is going the way of some other small schools that have struggled to stay afloat amid a shift toward more career-oriented training and, particularly in college-rich New England, a decline in the number of high school students. By Lisa Rathke and Collin Binkley. SENT: 860 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

WINTER WEATHER-NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND: Snowfall in northern New England, some of it changing to sleet and freezing rain, has slowed things down for commuters, schools, and government.

FEDERAL WORKER ASSISTANCE BILL: A Maine legislative committee is recommending that the Legislature should pass an emergency bill that would provide financial relief for federal workers in the state impacted by future government shutdowns.

MAINE POTATOES-CHINA: All four members of Maine’s Congressional delegation are joining a group of lawmakers that wants President Donald Trump’s administration to prioritize the U.S. potato industry in trade talks with China.

SCALLOP HEARINGS: Federal fishing managers are holding a series of hearings along the East Coast to gather feedback about potential changes to the rules governing the U.S.’s lucrative Atlantic ocean scallop fishery.

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