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

November 14, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Nov. 14, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-MAINE

AUGUSTA, Maine — A federal judge heard arguments Wednesday aimed at stopping Maine’s unique ranked-balloting system, even as election staff scanned votes to determine the winner of last week’s congressional race. Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and three activists sued Tuesday to overturn Maine’s new voting system. U.S. District Judge Lance Walker heard arguments Wednesday about whether to halt the vote-counting process until he has time to rule on the system’s constitutionality. By Marina Villeneuve and Patrick Whittle. SENT: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

MISSING DRUG SUSPECT: Federal authorities are searching for a suspect in a drug case who fled after being released from jail and is considered “armed and dangerous.”

HOLIDAY TREE ARRIVAL: Maine’s largest city will kick off its celebration of the holiday season with the annual arrival of a tree to one of its most visited public spaces.

FATAL FIRE-CAMPER: The state fire marshal’s office in Maine says a man died in a camper fire that may have been caused by a propane heater.

SHOPPING BAG BAN-RECOUNT: A Maine city will move ahead in a recount of ballots cast in a referendum to ban plastic shopping bags.

ACCESSIBLE PLAYGROUND: Maine’s first universally accessible public playground is getting its ribbon cutting.

HEAD START GRANTS: A southern Maine organization will receive more than $1.3 million from the federal government to beef up its support for low-income families.

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