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

May 15, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, May 15, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



PORTLAND, Maine — Maine wildlife officials are conducting the largest statewide survey of bald eagles in the Pine Tree State in five years. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists and game warden pilots are conducting the survey of the iconic bird. It nearly disappeared from Maine in the 1970s, when there were only 39 pairs remaining. There were more than 634 nesting pairs in the state in 2013. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 370 words.


COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and a group of fellow governors are backing President Donald Trump’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, citing what they called Trump’s “transformative efforts to bring peace to the Korean peninsula.” By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 275 words.


ABORTION BAN-MAINE: The Maine Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the state Medicaid program’s ban against covering abortions.

PORTLAND FATAL FIRE: Maine’s highest court will hear the appeal of a landlord convicted of code violations in a fire that killed six people.

GUN RANGE VIDEO-SENTENCE: A convicted felon uploaded videos of him shooting a gun at a Maine firing range despite being banned from possessing firearms has been sentenced to over two years in prison.

STOLEN POLICE CAR: State police in Maine say a man charged with stealing a police cruiser before getting into a car crash has been released from the hospital and taken to jail.

STOLEN RIFLES: Officials in a Maine town say a man who had 17 guns and 45,000 rounds of ammunition stolen in a burglary is offering a reward for their return.

AUGUSTA KILLING: A New York man who fled after a killing in Augusta, Maine, is due to stand trial.


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