BC-ME–Maine News Coverage Advisory, ME

Upcoming Maine news from The Associated Press for Monday, Dec. 2, 2013:

Good morning! 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 Maine bureau at 207-772-4157 or apmaine@ap.org, or to Northern New England Correspondent Rik Stevens at 603-224-3327, or rstevens@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

SCALLOPING SEASON

PORTLAND — Maine scallop fishermen are kicking off a season that’ll last 70 days along most of the coast. But fishermen in the scallop-rich waters of Cobscook Bay along the Canadian border in far eastern Maine will be limited to a 50-day season. The season opened Monday in three zones from Kittery to Lubec. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— GAS PRICES-MAINE — The average retail cost of a gallon of gas has gone up a penny over the past week. Price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com reports Monday that the price is averaging $3.46 a gallon.

—LEBANON FIRE — Seven people have been displaced after a house fire in Lebanon, Maine. Fire crews were called to the fire at about 5:20 p.m. Sunday. A resident reported that a fire had started in the master bedroom.

—OIL TRAIN DERAILMENT-MAINE — The Quebec town devastated by a runaway train that exploded in its downtown is getting more help from its sister city in western Maine.

—RESTAURANT-CHARITY — A popular Augusta restaurant that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity has been told to stop because it isn’t properly licensed as a charity organization. Laura Benedict, owner of the Red Barn restaurant, received a form letter last week from the attorney general’s office, raising the hackles of management and regulars.

— HEALTH OVERHAUL-MAINE — A panel of Maine lawmakers and health care experts that’s overseeing the progress of the health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act is meeting in Augusta. The Maine Health Exchange Advisory Committee meeting on Monday is focusing on consumer outreach and enrollment efforts at MaineHealth, which owns some hospitals and medical facilities in Maine.

— FATAL CRASH-WEATHER — State police say speed and weather likely contributed to a fatal crash on Interstate 95 south in rural Maine. Police say 55-year-old Norman Ayotte of Biddeford was driving too fast for the snowy conditions when he lost control of his SUV and crashed in the median at mile marker 233 at about 9 a.m. Sunday.

—PHARMACY ROBBERY-SENTENCE — An Augusta woman described by a federal judge as the mastermind of a pharmacy robbery faces more than four years in prison at sentencing. Stephanie McCormick is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor in connection with the Jan. 22 robbery of an Augusta Walgreens.

— DEER HUNTING SEASON — Maine deer hunters are taking to the woods for the muzzleloader deer season. Muzzleloader season kicks off on Monday after firearms season for deer ended on Saturday.

— TAX BREAKS-REVIEW — A panel that has been tasked with reviewing Maine’s tax exemptions, breaks and credits to come up with $40 million in savings is poised to make its recommendations to the Legislature. A special group of lawmakers, economists and business representatives created as part of the state budget is reviewing the state’s tax code to try to find enough money to forestall automatic reductions to municipal revenue sharing.

— MISSING HUNTERS — Maine game wardens have found two hunters who had been reported missing in the Chamberlain Lake region, but the search for a Canadian man who was reported missing in the same area continues. Hunters Travis Hafford and Ryan Stevens were located alive near Eagle Lake Township. The two 33-year-old men left Friday morning to go hunting and were reported missing early Saturday.

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