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

August 7, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, Aug. 7, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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PORTLAND, Maine — The LePage administration has agreed to release more than $1 million in public campaign funding that the governor held up by refusing to sign routine financial orders, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections attorney John Brautigam said Tuesday. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 440 words.


Dental health experts worry that more people are using toothpaste that skips the most important ingredient — fluoride — and leaves them at a greater risk of cavities. Most toothpastes already contain fluoride. While health authorities recognize fluoride as a cavity blocker, the internet is dotted with claims, often from “natural” toothpaste marketers and alternative medicine advocates, that fluoride-free toothpaste also prevents cavities. By Jeff Donn. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.


GREENFIELD, Mass. — Four inmates sit silently in the library of the Franklin County House of Correction one summer morning. But these men aren’t here to read books. Under the supervision of a nurse and two corrections officers, they’re taking their daily dose of buprenorphine. The drug, often known by the brand name Suboxone, is meant to control their heroin cravings and is commonly smuggled into jails and prisons. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 950 words, photos.


RESTAURANTS ARTICLE-PORTLAND: One of the most widely read food magazines says there’s no better U.S. city for restaurants than Portland, Maine.

BULLET GRAZING: A Maine man who was struck in the face by a bullet while he was playing disc golf says he’s lucky to be alive.

AUGUST HEAT: It’s hot, it’s sticky, and it’s not really letting up any time soon.

EMERALD ASH BORER: Officials in Rutland, Vermont, are preparing to remove all of the city’s ash trees in response to the arrival of the invasive emerald ash borer.

HISTORIC FLY DETERRENT: A Maine businessman has revived a 100-year-old recipe for keeping the flies away.

NEAR DROWNING: Authorities say a 4-year-old boy who was pulled from a Maine lake is expected to recover.

LOOSE PYTHON: Maine police are warning the public that a large ball python known to local officials is again on the loose somewhere in Camden.

MASSACHUSETTS TOLLS-LEPAGE: Maine Gov. Paul LePage says Massachusetts authorities are using “shakedown” tactics to collect tolls.

JOB GROWTH-MAINE: One of the nation’s oldest states expects to only add 94 net new jobs through 2016.

INVASIVE BEETLE: Authorities in Maine and elsewhere in the country are asking residents to be on the lookout for the destructive Asian longhorned beetle this month.


If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to apmaine@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867.

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