Settlement Conference Hearing Wednesday for Alexis Wright 

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Prosecutors and the defense are gathering for settlement discussions in the case of a Zumba fitness instructor charged with prostitution and tax and welfare violations. The closed-door settlement conference focusing on Alexis Wright is taking place Wednesday in Cumberland County Superior Court. Any discussions are likely to stay private unless a formal plea agreement is reached. The 30-year-old Wright is accused of conspiring with insurance agent Mark Strong Sr. to run a sophisticated prostitution business in Kennebunk in which she kept detailed financial records and recorded the sex acts via hidden camera. A similar settlement conference failed to avert a trial for Strong, who was convicted last week and will be sentenced later this month.