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

August 24, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Friday, Aug. 24, 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:

SCALLOP FARMING

PORTLAND, Maine — Scallops are among the most valuable and beloved seafood items in the U.S., and a group of Maine firms thinks farming them might be a way of keeping up with increasing demand. The Atlantic sea scallop is a New England mainstay, but unlike oysters and mussels, they’re almost exclusively harvested from the wild on the East Coast. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 550 words.

OBIT-FORMER ADJUTANT GENERAL

MONTPELIER, Vt.— Donald Edwards, the former adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard who is credited with helping to modernize the force, has died. The 81-year-old Edwards died Aug. 16 at his home in South Bristol, Maine. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 420 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

CHASE-FATAL SHOOTOUT: An autopsy shows that a man who died in a shootout with police in New Hampshire suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

UNIVERSITY-NAME CHANGE: The University of Southern Maine is considering a name change to attract more students.

LL BEAN-PARK FOUNDATION: L.L. Bean is providing $3 million to the National Park Foundation’s effort to encourage people to get outside and explore some of the more than 400 national parks.

HYDROELECTRIC SALES: A Canadian power company says it expects to purchase dozens of hydroelectric plants across the U.S. by the end of the year — including four in Maine.

FISHING MAGNATE ARREST-CAPTAIN: A former Massachusetts fishing boat captain has pleaded guilty to interfering with a U.S. Coast Guard inspection involving a vessel owned by a fishing magnate nicknamed The Codfather.

LEPAGE-LAYOFF BENEFITS: Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has sent a letter to 45,000 employers telling them to push for the repeal of a law that relaxes work-search requirements for workers who see temporary layoffs.

BODY ON ROAD: Police in Maine say they found a body on the side of an Augusta road while searching for a missing person.

WATER TANKER SHOT: Maine State Police say investigators are casting doubt on the story of a trucker who says he was shot and robbed by two men on Interstate 95.

BUS EXPANSION: A Portland bus system is expanding into Gorham and adding a line across Westbrook.

FOLK FESTIVAL: The three-day National Folk Festival is about to get underway in Bangor.

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