BC-ME--Maine News Digest 1:30 pm, ME
Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, Jan. 1, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.
MAINE HIGHWAY DEATHS
AUGUSTA, Maine _ Despite concerns about driver texting and inattention, the number of highway deaths in Maine in 2018 was among the lowest in 60 years, officials say. As of New Year’s Day, there were 140 deaths on Maine roads over the past year, which is 33 lower than the 173 recorded in the previous year, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
CONCORD, N.H. _ New Hampshire saw a surge in conflicts between bears and humans this past year, as a shortage of food drove the animals to raid bird feeders and garbage dumps more frequently. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Bear Project Leader Andrew Timmons said Monday that there were around 800 reports of bear-human conflicts in 2018 compared to only 410 for 2017. There also was an increase in bear killings by the state and residents, both of which are legal. By Michael Casey.
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SECRETARY OF STATE-NEW JOB: Former Maine Secretary of State Charles Summers is now the chief spokesman for the Department of Defense in Washington.
FIRST FLU DEATH: Maine health officials have confirmed the first influenza death of the 2018-2019 flu season.
POLITICIAN PARDONED: Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has pardoned a former GOP state lawmaker for a 35-year-old felony-level drug trafficking conviction.
LOBSTER DIP: The biggest of gathering of Mainers ringing in the new year with an icy plunge is back.
MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES: Minimum wage workers in Vermont and Maine are getting raises along with the new year.
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