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

August 9, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Aug. 9, 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:

CONSOLIDATED-UNIONS

PORTLAND, Maine — Two unions are expected to announce whether Consolidated Communications workers approved a tentative agreement for workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Eds: Announcement expected in the afternoon.

TOP STORIES:

INDEPENDENTS-DARK MONEY

AUGUSTA, Maine — Hoping to capitalize on voter frustration over growing polarization in politics, a group fueled partly by so-called “dark money” plans to spend $3 million this year to elect independents. But some free-spirited lawmakers are declining their help. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 740 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

PANHANDLER COP: A Maine police officer says he dressed as a panhandler to try and catch distracted drivers.

STATE REP-SPEAKER: A Republican lawmaker says a Democratic representative facing calls from his own party to resign following a magazine report deserves a hearing.

WELFARE SPENDING: Maine’s Republican governor says he won’t allow a state worker to appear before a legislative committee in person, so the panel investigating the state’s welfare system says it will subpoena the employee, instead.

CANDIDATE-SCHOOL SHOOTING:A Maine House candidate says she’s “frustrated” by an online fundraising campaign started on her behalf after her former competitor called a Florida high school shooting survivor a “skinhead lesbian” and called another a “bald-faced liar.”

PORTLAND FATAL FIRE: Maine’s highest court has turned down an appeal from a landlord convicted of a code violation stemming from a fire that killed six people at one of his properties.

CANDIDATE-SCHOOL SHOOTING: A Maine House candidate says she is “frustrated” by an online fundraising campaign on her behalf after her former competitor called a Florida high school shooting survivor a “skinhead lesbian” and called another a “bald-faced liar.”

LONG LAKE DROWNING: Police in Maine say alcohol may have been a factor in a man’s drowning.

FIERY CRASH: A 65-year-old woman who was pulled from a burning car in Maine has died.

FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH: Police in Maine say a motorcyclist slammed into the back of a car, causing his vehicle to bounce into oncoming traffic and resulting in a fatal crash.

LIQUOR DISCOUNTS: To highlight New Hampshire’s tax-free status and to thank out-of-state customers who make up more than half of its annual sales, the state liquor commission is offering them discounts at its liquor and wine outlet stores.

RABID GROUNDHOG: Police in Maine say a groundhog that attacked a dog has tested positive for rabies.

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