BC-ME–Maine News Coverage Advisory, ME

Upcoming Maine news from The Associated Press for Friday, Jan. 17, 2014:

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

SAILBOAT-COAST GUARD

BRISTOL — The Coast Guard is searching near Bristol, Maine, after getting a report about a sailboat in distress. Coast Guard spokesman Ross Ruddell in Boston said a call referred from the Maine Marine Patrol came in at about 6 a.m. about the sailboat and that it was possibly taking on water. SENT: 130 words. Update planned.

IN BRIEF:

— AGING POPULATION — Hundreds of Mainers are meeting to explore ways to combat challenges facing the state due to its aging population. Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick is hosting an Aging Summit on Friday at the Civic Center in Augusta.

— ARSON CHARGE — A Gray man has been charged with setting fire to a mobile home from which he had been evicted. The Maine Fire Marshal’s Office on Thursday charged 50-year-old Paul “Charlie” Barry with arson and burglary.

— COLD CASE-CHILD ASSAULT — A Nebraska man has taken the stand in his own defense to deny charges that he sexually abused an 8-year-old relative in Maine nearly a quarter century ago. Clarence Cote of Nemaha, Neb., said Thursday in Penobscot County court he did not abuse the now 31-year-old woman when he lived in Lincoln, Maine in 1990. He said the pair had a good relationship and even kept in touch when he moved out of state.

— FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION — A Brunswick woman has been charged with financially exploiting an elderly Bath man she had been hired to care for. Bath police say 55-year-old Katherine McClellan turned herself in this week after a warrant for her arrest on theft charges was issued.

— MAINE HOSPITALS — Emergency care at Maine’s hospitals has received high marks from a national physicians group, even though there is plenty of room for improvement. Maine was ranked third in the nation for providing emergency care services in a report card released Thursday by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

— WOMAN SHOT — A Buckfield man charged with shooting his girlfriend in the face during an alcohol-fueled argument has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor reckless conduct charge and avoided jail time. Scott Ackley received a suspended six-month sentence and one year of probation on Thursday in Oxford County Superior Court.

— OIL TRAIN DERAILMENT-MAINE — The deadline has arrived for interested parties to bid on the bankrupt, Maine-based railroad responsible for a disaster that killed 47 people in Canada. If bids are submitted by Friday’s deadline, then there will be a closed-door auction next week for the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railways.

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Maine and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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