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

November 8, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Nov. 8, 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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ELECTION-2018-CONGRESS-MAINE

PORTLAND, Maine — Couriers rolled through Maine on Thursday to collect ballot materials as the state determines the winner of a U.S. House seat via its new voting method for the first time. Mainers ranked their choices in Congressional ballots this week in case no candidate cleared 50 percent of the popular vote. The office of the secretary of state said that appears to be the case in the contest between Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin and Democratic challenger Jared Golden. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 400 words, photos.

AP EXPLAINS-RANKED CHOICE VOTING

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine embarked on a voting experiment on Election Day. Instead of selecting a single winner, voters were asked to rank all of the candidates from best to worst on the ballot in a new way of voting approved by state voters. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 610 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-SENATE REPUBLICANS

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Sen. Todd Young has launched a bid to become chairman of Senate Republicans’ campaign committee during the 2020 campaign, a cycle where the GOP will face a tougher electoral map that could undermine their recent gains in the chamber. A formal election for the position won’t be held until next Wednesday, but Young says his bid to lead the National Republican Senate Committee is supported by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. So far, he has not drawn an opponent. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 695 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

PIPELINE LAWSUIT: Attorneys for the Portland Pipe Line Corp. have filed an appeal seeking to overturn a recent court decision that upheld a Maine city’s ordinance banning bulk loading of crude oil onto tankers.

SHORT-TERM RENTAL BAN: Voters in a Maine city have approved new rules restricting short-term rentals through services such as Airbnb.

LL BEAN-HOLIDAY CHECKS: Citing an increase in fall sales, clothing retailer L.L. Bean has announced it is sending holiday checks to employees this year.

AUBURN CHRISTMAS TREE: The Maine city of Auburn is getting into the holiday spirit, putting up the city Christmas tree this week.

ENDANGERED WHALE MEETING: A group of scientists, conservationists and others is meeting in Massachusetts to brainstorm strategies to save one of the rarest marine mammals on the planet.

SHELLFISH QUOTAS: A couple of the most significant fisheries for shellfish on the East Coast will have the same catch quotas next year.

SHERMAN KILLING: Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a Massachusetts man in a drug-related killing in northern Maine.

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