Maine news from The Associated Press for Sunday, Aug. 19, 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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PORTLAND, Maine — At long last, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument will soon have highway signs directing motorists to the federal recreation area, which boasts hiking, canoeing and camping, along with stunning views of Maine's tallest mountain, Mount Katahdin. The road signs won't be installed before the monument's second anniversary this Friday, but the process is underway, Superintendent Tim Hudson said. By David Sharp. 400 words.


BALLOT QUESTIONS: A conservative group is decrying the influence of outside donors in Maine's ballot initiative process.

CHASE CHARGES: Officials say an elderly Maine man is facing charges after he refused to stop for sheriff's deputies and police until after a police officer disabled his vehicle by shooting at its tires.

OBIT-ROBLEY WILSON: ORLANDO, Fla. — Writer Robley Wilson, a novelist and poet whose works won numerous awards and who also was an editor and teacher, has died at his home in Florida.

ABSENT JURORS: A Maine superior court judge, frustrated when people don't show up for jury duty, is ready to haul them into court if they don't appear after being summoned to perform what he views as their civic duty.

MOTHERS-OPIOID USE: A new study finds that the rate of Maine mothers with opioid use disorder at the time of labor and delivery has risen.

INTERNET ACCESS: A U.S. Census Bureau study ranks Maine last in New England for broadband internet access but finds the state is on par with national averages.


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