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

December 16, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Sunday, Dec. 16, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

MAINE GOVERNOR-BUDGET

AUGUSTA, Maine _ Maine’s Republican governor has handed his Democratic successor a hefty budget proposal _ but neither party is releasing it. Republican Gov. Paul LePage has said his fully fleshed proposal will include ambitious initiatives such as eliminating Maine’s income tax and increasing taxes on hospitals to pay for Maine’s state of Medicaid expansion. It’s unclear whether Democratic Gov.-elect Janet Mills would support the governor’s fiscally conservative proposals. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 600 words.

IN BRIEF:

MISSING MAINE TODDLER: An attorney says the mother of a Maine toddler who disappeared and was declared legally dead plans to file a civil suit claiming the father caused the child’s death.

COLLINS KAVANAUGH-VOTE: Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is defending her recent remark that she feels “vindicated” for voting to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

FATAL CRASH-MAINE: Police have released the name of a 27-year-old man fatally struck by two different vehicles on the Maine Turnpike in Saco.

INTERNET ON FARMS: A bill co-sponsored by Maine’s independent senator that promises to help bring high-speed internet to farms has passed the U.S. Senate.

UNAUTHORIZED SOLICITATION: Maine’s secretary of state is warning businesses about a misleading solicitation attempt that is targeting companies in the Pine Tree State.

BODIES FOUND-MAINE: Maine police say a man and a woman were found dead in a Maine home.

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