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AP-ME--Maine News Digest, ME

May 13, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Sunday, May 13, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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LOBSTER SHELLSHOCK

PORTLAND, Maine The globalization of the American lobster business has spurred fears within the industry that lobsters’ shells are getting weaker, but scientific evidence about the issue paints a complicated picture. U.S. lobster exports to Asian countries have increased exponentially in recent years. American shippers prefer lobsters with hard, sturdy shells to survive the long journey to countries such as China and South Korea. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 774 words.

IN BRIEF:

SALMON FARMING: A Norwegian firm that plans to build one of the largest land-based salmon farms of its kind in Maine says it has confirmed that the site is suitable to host the facility.

FATAL CRASH-MAINE: Police say a Maine man died after a pick-up truck collided with his car.

OPIOID LANGUAGE: Groups that want to end Maine’s opioid crisis say a new state law will help reduce stigma by tweaking language in existing statute.

BRIDGES RIVER TRAFFIC: Two bridges connecting New Hampshire and Maine are about to open for river traffic.

RANKED CHOICE VOTING: Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap is going to host a series of informational meetings on the new voting system that’ll be used for the first time in June primaries.

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