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

December 3, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Monday, Dec. 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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ELECTION 2018-MAINE-WOMEN

Maine voters are sending a record number of women to state legislature, but fewer Republican women will be serving than in any year since outgoing GOP Gov. Paul LePage took office. Unofficial election results suggest that 72 female lawmakers are heading to the Maine Legislature, including a record-breaking 60 in the House. The Center for American Women and Politics says over 2,000 women will serve in state legislatures in 2019, while the number of Republican women lawmakers will decrease. By Marina Villeneuve. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

GEORGE HW BUSH

HOUSTON — George H.W. Bush is set to embark on his final tour of Washington, the capital city that is remembering the 41st president’s lifetime of public service that began in the Navy during World War II, ended with one term as president and was characterized throughout by what admirers say was his innate decency, generosity and kindness. In Texas, students, staff and visitors have been flocking to Bush’s presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M University, with thousands of mourners paying their respects at a weekend candlelight vigil at a nearby pond and others contributing to growing flower memorials at Bush statues at both the library and a park in downtown Houston. By Juan Lozano and Darlene Superville. SENT: 1,015 words, photos.

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GEORGE HW BUSH-SERVICE DOG

KENNEDY CENTER HONORS

WASHINGTON — Last year’s Kennedy Center Honors ceremony was almost overshadowed by controversy surrounding the sitting president. This year’s event took place in the shadow of the death of a former commander-in-chief. Sunday night’s ceremony honoring lifetime artistic achievement featured multiple tributes to former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday night at age 94. By Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 820 Words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

LONGHORNED TICK-NEW ENGLAND: An invasive tick species native to Asia that’s been spreading across the eastern United States has been found for the first time in New England.

STATE OFFICES-CLOSURE: Maine’s governor has declared certain state government agencies and offices will close in honor of former President George H.W. Bush.

RANKED CHOICE-MAINE: The recount of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race is slated to begin a month after Election Day.

POLICE GRANT RESCINDED: Officials in Maine’s largest city say Portland is turning down a $68,000 police grant because of the city’s position on asylum seekers.

POST OFFICE-SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE: A post office in Maine’s capital city was shut down because of a report of a suspicious package.

VACCINATION EXEMPTIONS: A Maine Democratic lawmaker and other health officials are seeking to introduce a bill that would eliminate the state’s non-medical exemption for vaccinations.

GAS PRICES: Gas prices have dipped quite a bit in northern New England.

SCALLOP SEASON: Maine’s scallop draggers are getting started for the winter on the state’s eastern coast, where they hope to continue the industry’s steady growth.

DEER HUNT: The final few days of the last phase of Maine’s weekslong deer hunt have arrived.

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