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

August 27, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Monday, Aug. 27, 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.

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TOP STORIES:

CHILD WELFARE

AUGUSTA, Maine — Several caseworkers and child welfare experts warned Monday that a $21 million reform package could worsen or leave unaddressed longstanding problems in Maine’s child welfare system. A legislative committee Monday discussed Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s five bills. Lawmakers plan to return Thursday to take up those bills, which aim to bolster the system as lawmakers respond to two high-profile deaths of children and the opioid crisis sends more children into state custody. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 545 words.

DEAD POET

BRUNSWICK, Maine — The founder of the Dead Poets Society of America has been laid to rest under a special tombstone he commissioned before suffering a fatal heart attack. The family of Walter Skold read poetry, including some of his works, during the ceremony Monday at Pine Grove Cemetery in Brunswick. By David Sharp. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m., photos.

MAINE GOVERNOR HOSPITALIZED

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage was released from the hospital Monday and plans to return to work soon, his spokesman said. LePage, 69, is back in his official residence, according to spokesman Peter Steele. The Republican governor experienced unspecified discomfort on Saturday while visiting family in New Brunswick and was eventually taken to a Bangor hospital. SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

SCALLOP SEASON: Maine scallop fishermen would be allowed to harvest the same amount of the shellfish per day under a proposal floated by state regulators.

KAVANAUGH-SENATE-PROTEST: Hundreds of people have gathered outside City Hall in Portland, Maine, to protest Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

DOWNTOWN DORM: Students and faculty who have moved into a new mixed-unit Colby College building in Maine say they are excited to work with the community.

GAS PRICES: Gas prices haven’t changed much in northern New England.

FATAL CRASH: Police in Maine say a man died over the weekend when his car crashed and caught fire.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Maine’s high court wants to hear from the public on a proposal to hold accountable lawyers who commit harassment and discrimination.

BEAR HUNT-MAINE: The Maine bear hunt’s getting started with the part of the season in which it’s legal to lure bears with doughnuts and other bait foods.

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