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BC-ME--Maine News Digest 6 pm, ME

December 6, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Dec. 6, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MEDICAID EXPANSION-MAINE

AUGUSTA, Maine _ A Maine court said Thursday that the state has until Feb. 1 to roll out a voter-approved Medicaid expansion long blocked by Gov. Paul LePage, who said he worried how the coverage would be funded. The ruling by Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy extends the original Dec. 5 deadline for the state to adopt rules implementing the expansion for eligible Mainers who applied starting July 2. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 400 words.

ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-MAINE

BANGOR, Maine _ A recount in a Maine congressional race that used ranked balloting is about to get underway. State election officials on Thursday plan to start the recount requested by Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in the 2nd Congressional District. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 330 words.

IN BRIEF:

GULF OF MAINE-WARMING: The Gulf of Maine is in the midst of its third-warmest year on record in a development that could further harm marine life.

DEVELOPMENT OPPONENT: A company based in a low-income apartment building is attempting to halt a new supermarket development in Maine.

ENTANGLED WHALES: Federal officials say last year was slightly worse than average for the entanglement of large whales, which is a major threat to the animals’ populations.

CANNABIS COMMISSION: An assistant attorney general and a longtime member of Maine’s former alcohol enforcement bureau will join the state’s new commission on marijuana.

BILLING DELAYS: Central Maine Power Co. says it told state regulators it won’t ask ratepayers to cover the costs of providing electricity to customers who were not billed.

PROFESSOR LAWSUIT-MAINE: A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit lodged by a non-union Maine professor who objected to the faculty union sending dues money to support liberal causes.

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