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AP-ME--Maine News Digest 1:30 pm, ME

November 29, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018.

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 northern New England desk at 207-772-4157. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

LOBSTER EXPORTS

PORTLAND, Maine — Trade hostility from across the ocean was supposed to take a snip out of the U.S. lobster business, but the industry is getting a lifeline from its northerly neighbor. Heavy demand from Canada is buoying the American lobster industry as both countries head into the busy holiday export season. It’s a positive sign for the U.S. seafood dealers and fishermen even as the industry struggles with Chinese tariffs. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

CHURCH ABUSE

ALFRED, Maine — A defrocked Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an altar boy in Massachusetts has been convicted of abusing another boy in Maine in the 1980s. A jury convicted 76-year-old Ronald Paquin Thursday on 11 of 24 counts against him. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

MAYOR-CITY COUNCIL: Residents in a Maine city are showing their support for the mayor following a decision by the City Council to block her from speaking on its behalf.

TRANSMISSION LINE: A town near the Canadian border and a group of sport hunters are raising questions about a plan to build a 145-mile transmission line through the state of Maine.

POLICE SHOOTING-OLD TOWN: Police have shut down a street in Maine in response to an officer-involved shooting.

FATAL CRASH-MAINE: Maine State Police say a woman and a boy have died in a two-vehicle crash on Route 3 in Liberty.

HOME ACCESS-PUBLIC WORKS: A Maine city says it has made a tentative deal with a family that sued over officials blocking them driving across a public works site to reach their home.

HEALTH CARE-MAINE: A Maine task force is calling on lawmakers to improve oversight over health reform efforts in the state.

MORE NURSES: A Maine college is partnering with a health care organization on a drive to train more nurses to help with the state’s aging population.

SEAWEED BREAD: A Maine-based firm is receiving a $600,000 grant from the federal government to help develop a kelp-based additive for bread.

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