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

August 23, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Aug. 23, 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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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

SCALLOP FARMING

Scallop farming is coming to America, and it’s starting in Maine. Other countries have farmed scallops for generations, but the first American ones will hit the market in the fall. By Patrick Whittle. UPCOMING: 525 words.

TOP STORIES:

MEDICAID EXPANSION:

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s top court Thursday left questions about the constitutionality of voter-approved Medicaid question unsettled as it told the LePage administration to start rolling out voter-approved Medicaid expansion as a legal battle continues. The Thursday opinion dismissed the LePage administration’s appeal of court orders requiring Maine to file paperwork to seek federal funding for expansion by June 11. The justices lifted a stay on those orders and said they are in effect, meaning the state must file the Medicaid expansion plan with the federal government. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 535 words.

SEAL DEATHS

Avian flu and distemper may be to blame for a rash of seal deaths that caused dozens of them to wash ashore in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts in the biggest die-off of seals since 2011, federal scientists said Thursday. By David Sharp. SENT: 315 words.

IN BRIEF:

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE LAWSUIT: A University of Maine at Machias professor has filed a lawsuit against his union citing a recent Supreme Court decision that allowed employees to leave a union over political disagreements.

HOME SALES: The Maine Association of Realtors says the price of single-family homes and the volume of sales rose in the month of July.

WATER TANKER SHOT: Maine State Police say a truck driver hauling water along Interstate 95 was shot at and robbed by two highwaymen.

CHILD WELFARE: Maine’s Republican governor has proposed a bill aiming to better Maine’s child welfare system by increasing funding for foster homes and hiring new supervisors for caseworkers.

MAINE GOVERNOR-NONCITIZEN VOTING: Maine’s Republican governor is slamming Portland’s mayor for proposing to allow some non-citizens to vote in local elections.

BORDER PROTECTION-PLANE CRASH: Officials say a U.S. Customs and Border Protection airplane crashed close to an airport in Maine, and two people were hurt.

RIP CURRENT RESCUE: Authorities in Maine say lifeguards and good Samaritans helped rescue four people struggling against rip currents at a beach.

BEAR HUNT-MAINE: Wildlife biologists say they expect bear hunters to have more success in the hunting season that begins in a few days because of poor availability of natural foods.

MENTAL HEALTH-MAINE: An advocacy group says Maine must reduce deaths by suicide while improving mental health care.

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