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

July 14, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

CANADIANS-US TOURISM

Canadians may be angry about President Donald Trump’s insults and tariffs, but it doesn’t seem to be taking a toll on tourism. Not yet, anyway. Canadian visitors appear to be taking a “c’est la vie” attitude. In Old Orchard Beach, popular with Canadians from French-speaking Quebec, innkeepers report that tourism remains strong despite harsh words. By David Sharp, 650 words.

TOP STORIES:

CRUMBLING CAPTAIN HOME

A crumbling gem of a home that once belonged to a sea captain is being dismantled in slow motion in Maine. Searsport officials told the owner of the vacant, 150-plus-year-old home on U.S. 1 to tear it down more than two years ago, but he tells the Bangor Daily News he’s taking it apart piece by piece while salvaging antiques and woodwork. The home’s sagging countenance, weathered clapboards, broken windows and overgrown shrubs contribute to the appearance of a haunted mansion. SENT: 250 words with AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

CMP AUDIT: The outside group hired to investigate complaints about Central Maine Power bills is expanding its review to include the utility’s customer service performance.

FATAL CRASH-MAINE: Police say a 58-year-old woman died in a single-vehicle crash in Maine when her car left the road and crashed into trees and rocks.

DEATH ARREST: Police in Maine say they’ve arrested a 55-year-old man with a charge of murder stemming from a homicide that occurred in his hometown.

MAINE GIRLS ACADEMY CLOSING: Federal financial forms show a soon-closing school for girls in Maine was in a dire financial situation

WELFARE SPENDING: The public can offer comment on Maine’s use of federal welfare dollars.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT-MAINE: The Maine Bureau of Insurance is set to hold hearings this month on proposed insurer rate increases under the Affordable Care Act.

MOXIE FESTIVAL: Mainers are celebrating all things Moxie this weekend.

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