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November 11, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Sunday, Nov. 11, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

ELECTION 2018-RANKED VOTING-MAINE

PORTLAND, MAINE For most candidates, the election drew to a close last week. Not so in Maine. The battle for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat won’t be concluded until a computer algorithm has the final say on whether Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin has won re-election or has been ousted by Democratic state lawmaker Jared Golden. By David Sharp. Upcoming, 600 words by noon.

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-STATE GOVERNMENTS

From New York to New Mexico, residents in a number of states can expect a leftward push for expanded health care coverage, gun control, education funding and legalized recreational marijuana as Democrats who gained new or stronger powers in the midterm elections seek to put their stamp on public policy. While Republicans remain in charge in more states, Democrats nearly doubled the number of places where they will wield a trifecta of power over the governor’s office and both chambers of the state legislature. Democrats also broke up several Republican strongholds, forcing GOP lawmakers who have been cutting taxes and curbing union powers to deal with a new reality of a Democratic governor. By David A. Lieb and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

SHELLFISH DECLINE

PORTLAND, Maine — Valuable species of shellfish have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitat caused by a warming environment, according to a pair of scientists that sought to find out whether environmental factors or overfishing was the source of the decline. The scientists reached the conclusion in studying the decline in the harvest of four commercially important species of shellfish in coastal areas from Maine to North Carolina — eastern oysters, northern quahogs, softshell clams and northern bay scallops. They reported that their findings came down squarely on the side of a warming ocean environment and a changing climate, and not excessive harvest by fishermen. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 650 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

MISSING HUNTER: The Maine Warden Service is looking for a missing hunter from New Hampshire.

MAINE SCALLOPS: Maine is letting new people into its rebuilding scallop fishery for the first time in nearly a decade.

FISHING MONITORS: Federal ocean managers are looking to increase the amount of monitoring that goes on while fishing boats are out at sea.

ELECTION 2018-LEGISLATURE-MAINE: An outgoing state senator who faced state ethics fines has won his race for county commissioner.

POWER OUTAGES: Gusty winds are on tap for northern New England as utility crews, particularly in Maine, work to restore power after outages overnight.

HISTORIC HOUSE: The National Park Service is asking for help moving a historic home otherwise at risk of demolition.

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