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

June 14, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, June 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

RANKED CHOICE VOTING

AUGUSTA, Maine — Private courier drivers fanned across the state Thursday to collect ballots and return them to the state capital for additional tabulations to determine winners in two Democratic primary elections. Memory sticks containing election tallies and boxes of hand-counted ballots were being delivered to a secure location in Augusta. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 425 words.

WORKERS COMP-MARIJUANA

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine employers don’t have to pay for medical marijuana under the state workers’ compensation system because federal law supersedes state law, the state supreme court ruled Thursday. The court concluded in a 5-2 decision that federal law takes precedence in a conflict between the federal Controlled Substances Act and the state medical marijuana law. By David Sharp. SENT: 330 words.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Rhode Island lawmakers are considering requiring medical marijuana dispensaries to pay 50 times more for their licenses, making the fee the highest in New England by far. The latest budget proposes increasing the annual fee from $5,000 to $250,000. By Dylan McGuinness. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

PARK BRAWL: Authorities in Maine are investigating a bloody park brawl that left a man in critical condition.

MAINE LEGISLATURE: All signs point to lawmakers returning for a special session next week in Maine. House Republican leader Ken Fredette said the GOP caucus supports getting back to work, now that the appropriations committee reached an agreement. Fredette said the agreement calls for any Medicaid expansion proposal to be handled separately.

WELLS-NATIVE AMERICANS: A Maine school district has voted unanimously to remove Native American imagery associated with its mascots from school walls.

FARMER TAX BREAKS: A Maine town has voted to approve a tax break program for local farmers. Under the voluntary farming program, up to 3 percent of Monmouth’s taxable land could be eligible for a 75 percent tax refund over the next few years.

LOBSTER FISHING DATA: Federal fishing managers are asking for comments about potential changes to the way the U.S.’s lucrative lobster fishing industry is monitored.

DAIRY LOANS: Maine is launching a new loan program to help dairy farms be viable in the state.

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