- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Upcoming Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, Sept. 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 Maine bureau at 207-772-4157 or [email protected], or to Northern New England Correspondent Rik Stevens at [email protected]

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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UPCOMING:

UMS TRUSTEES

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Senate returns to consider dozens of Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s appointments to boards. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 2 p.m. EDT

IN BRIEF:

HEALTH OVERHAUL-NETWORKS

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Community Health Options is offering health insurance plans throughout New Hampshire in 2015, expanding ahead of schedule after being approved for a $67 million loan from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

COD DECLINE

PORTLAND, Maine - Federal regulators will consider emergency restrictions to the Gulf of Maine’s cod fishery this week. The New England Fishery Management Council will consider the restrictions at its meeting in Hyannis, Massachusetts this week. The three-day meeting begins on Tuesday and concludes Thursday. Officials say the restrictions will most likely come up for debate on Wednesday.

HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS-MAINE

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho will likely take most of the allotted 120 days to rule on new regulations for a chemical used in household products. A proposed change would elevate four phthalates (THA’-laytz) from “high concern” to “priority chemical” status under state rules. Manufacturers would need to report the use of the chemicals in products sold in the state.

FAKE POLICE-ROBBERY

WINTERPORT, Maine - Authorities say three men disguised as police officers, including one brandishing a handgun, robbed a Winterport man of his medical marijuana. The three suspects wore clothing that included dark SWAT-style vests and a shirt that said “sheriff’ on the front.

HEAD-ON FATAL

WARREN, Maine - Police say a Belfast woman has died in a head-on traffic crash on U.S. Route 1 in Warren. Knox County sheriff’s deputies say 72-year-old Blanche Foss was driving north at about 3 p.m. Monday when her vehicle crossed the centerline and collided with a southbound pickup truck hauling a camper.

GAS PIPELINE PROPOSAL

AUGUSTA, Maine - Another major energy company has made a proposal to the Maine Public Utilities Commission to expand natural gas pipeline capacity in the state. Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp. filed a plan Monday in which the state could contract to secure specific supplies of lower-cost natural gas on two proposed projects.

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE

BLAINE, Maine - State police have arrested an Aroostook County man on child pornography charges. Authorities said Monday that 40-year-old Robert Kinney Jr. was arrested at his home in the town of Blaine late last week.

MAINE GOVERNOR-WELFARE

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland is seeking more than $45,000 in state reimbursement for welfare benefits provided to immigrants who cannot prove they are in the U.S. legally, potentially setting up a showdown with the administration of Gov. Paul LePage. The Portland Press Herald reports that the city also filed a separate $307,000 General Assistance request to cover recipients whose eligibility is not in dispute.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-NETWORKS

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Community Health Options is offering health insurance plans throughout New Hampshire in 2015, expanding ahead of schedule after being approved for a $67 million loan from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The insurance cooperative’s proposed plans have been approved by the New Hampshire Insurance Department and are under review at CMS. It originally planned to start marketing its plans only in four of New Hampshire’s 10 counties.

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