- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

Upcoming Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Oct. 30, 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 Portland office at 207-772-4157 or [email protected] or to Portland Correspondent David Sharp at [email protected] Additional resources include Northern New England Correspondent Rik Stevens at 603-224-3327 or [email protected] Kathy McCormack is on the desk.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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


PORTLAND - President Barack Obama stops in Maine to rally voters for Democrat Mike Michaud just days before the Nov. 4 election. Michaud and Republican Gov. LePage and locked in a tight three-man race with independent Eliot Cutler. By Alanna Durkin. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9 p.m.


WASHINGTON - After millions of Americans vote next week, it’s possible that one or two men will decide which party controls the Senate. One is Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent who generally “caucuses” - or cooperates - with Democrats but says he might switch to the Republicans. The other is Greg Orman of Kansas, an independent candidate trying to oust Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. By Charles Babington. 770 words, photos.


FORT KENT, Maine - State police plan to monitor the movements and interactions of a nurse who vowed to defy the state’s quarantine for health care workers who treat Ebola patients, but troopers cannot take her into custody without a judge’s permission. State officials were seeking a court order to detain Kaci Hickox for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10. By Robert F. Bukaty. SENT: 600 words, photos.


HOMES BURNED: A Minot man who went on a rampage last year, setting fire to his home and his estranged wife’s home, before ramming her minivan with his truck and attempting to run down a police officer has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Michael Callahan was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to multiple charges connected to the rampage in May 2013.

EMPLOYER EMBEZZLEMENT: A bookkeeper has pleaded guilty to stealing almost $1 million from two former employers in Maine and New Hampshire. Janis Woods of Conway, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to interstate transportation of stolen checks and tax evasion.

BOYS ABUSED: An Orono man charged with sexually abusing several young boys over a period of years has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. WABI-TV (https://bit.ly/1wfoaHv ) reports that Wyatt Higgins-Tripp was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to 15 of the 135 counts he had been indicted on, as part of a plea deal that prosecutors say spares the victims from going through the trauma of a trial.

MOM-DAUGHTER CEMETERY DISPUTE: A mother and daughter who rammed each other’s cars in a Monmouth cemetery, knocking over several headstones, have both pleaded guilty to criminal mischief. Meanwhile, the group that operates the Monmouth Ridge Cemetery has dropped its lawsuit against the women and accepted a $25,000 check from their insurance to help cover the estimated $34,000 in damage.

MOTHER-IN-LAW SLAIN: A Maine man charged with killing and sexually assaulting his mother-in-law in front of his 6-year-old daughter has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial. Paul Orchard of Peru is charged with killing 57-year-old Paula Nuttall in the family home on Oct. 11.

MAINE BEAR HUNT: Maine’s potentially final season for hunting bears using dogs and traps is about to end. The season for hunting bears via the two methods ends on Friday. Maine residents are voting on a ballot initiative this year that would outlaw both methods along with the use of bait. The election is Nov. 4.

KENNEBUNK TRAIN: Amtrak will begin stopping in Kennebunk within the next two years. The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1yHWmLk ) reports Amtrak will establish the stop in the spring of 2015 or 2016. The move will restore passenger train service to Kennebunk for the first time in more than 50 years.


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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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