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

March 17, 2019

Maine news from The Associated Press for Sunday, March 17, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

COD COLLAPSE

PORTLAND, Maine _ Maine’s cod fishery, once one of the most lucrative in the Northeast, has declined to the point that it had its least valuable year in more than a half-century in 2018. The state’s industry harvesting the fish-and-chips staple goes back centuries, and it once brought millions of pounds of the fish to land year after year. But data from the state Department of Marine Resources indicate the state’s cod were worth just over $200,000 at the docks last year — less than the median price of a single-family home in Maine. By Patrick Whittle.

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IN BRIEF

FUTURE LOGGERS: A pair of Maine lawmakers wants to get more of the state’s teenagers interested in logging.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-MAINE: A vigil to honor victims of the New Zealand mosque shootings is being planned for Maine’s second largest city.

LOBSTERMEN MEETING: Members of the lobster industry from the United States and Canada will meet in Maine’s largest city next month for a meeting about the state of the business.

VETERANS HEAD-MAINE: Maine’s health care system serving about 43,000 veterans is getting a new director.

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