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BC-ME--Maine News Digest 1:30 pm, ME

September 6, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Sept. 6, 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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GOVERNOR-NOMINATIONS

AUGUSTA, Maine — A spokesman is blaming “petty partisan politicians” for Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to halt his nominations for individuals to state boards and commissions.LePage’s adviser Michael Beardsley told a legislative panel Thursday that committees will not hold hearings scheduled on the governor’s nominations. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

LOBSTER EMBEZZLEMENT: A Maine lobster wholesaler is suing one of its owners, claiming he embezzled nearly $1.5 million worth of lobsters.

MAINE STORMS:A series of thunderstorms are sweeping across Maine, causing power outages.

MAINE PLANE CRASH: Police say two occupants walked away from a small plane crash near Bigelow Mountain, north of Carrabasset Valley, Maine.

ASH TREE SEARCH:Maine officials are asking for the public’s help finding ash trees that were sold in the state this summer because they’re concerned about spread of an invasive forest pest.

GOATS EAT INVASIVE PLANTS: Officials in South Portland are using goats to help eliminate invasive weeds that have overrun a local park.

GOVERNOR-TRADE COMMISSION: Republican Gov. Paul LePage is heeding doctors’ orders and not attending a nine-day trade mission to the United Kingdom and Ireland.

SHRIMP SHUTDOWN: A regulatory panel will meet next month to consider what the future holds for New England’s shuttered shrimp fishery.

LOTTERY RECORD: The Maine Lottery says it awarded more prizes in fiscal year 2018 than in any previous year.

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