Maine news from The Associated Press for Friday, Sept. 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

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AUGUSTA, Maine __ Court documents show that Maine's governor has often targeted political opponents in his denial of two dozen routine financial orders from state agencies over the last three years. The financial orders allow agencies to shift money from one account to another. The orders have come to light in a lawsuit seeking the release of over $1 million in campaign funds that Republican Gov. Paul LePage held up when he denied financial orders from Maine's ethics commission.By Marina Villeneuve. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.


MAINE PLANE CRASH: Police say a pilot of a small plane said he was flying alongside another plane operated by a friend when he lost visibility and crashed into trees near Bigelow Mountain, north of Carrabasset Valley, Maine.

HIGHWAY PROJECT: The Maine Turnpike Authority has approved a $120 million plan to widen a highway in the Portland area and replace three bridges.

HYDROPOWER PROJECT: Critics of Central Maine Power's proposed 145-mile transmission line are attending a discussion by the Department of Environmental Protection and Land Use Planning Commission.

DEER HUNT-MAINE: Maine's annual deer permit lottery is ready to begin, and there are thousands more permits available this year than in years previous.


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