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AP-ME--Maine News Digest, ME

August 29, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Aug. 29, 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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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — On a drizzling summer afternoon in South Portland, marine biologist Walt Golet is helping attach a quarter-ton Atlantic bluefin tuna to a heavy crane so it can be weighed as part of New England’s premier tournament for the giant fish. And this year’s derby is different than many in the past — there are far more tuna. A decade ago, participants in the Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament went consecutive years in which they didn’t catch a single fish in the Gulf of Maine. This year, fishermen set a record with 30, including the 801-pound (363.33-kilogram) winner. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 900 words, photos.


SCHOOL TUITION LAWSUIT: Several Maine teens and their families have filed a lawsuit challenging a state law that prevents towns without high schools from using public money to pay tuition to religious schools.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-AUGUSTA: A majority of city councilors in Augusta say they are interested in banning medical marijuana caregivers from selling in residential areas.

GOVERNOR-APOLOGY: Lawmakers are following through on a promise to demand Maine’s Republican governor apologize for an “utterly unprovoked and unacceptable diatribe” against a legislator.

BUFFALO DIOCESE-SEX ABUSE: A former leader of the Catholic Church in Maine says he won’t resign as a bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, New York, over his handling of sex abuse allegations.

GORHAM FATAL: Police in Maine say a 39-year-old Buxton man was killed when his SUV slammed into a tractor-trailer on a Gorham road.

STUDENT-THREAT: A high school student in Maine was removed from campus after authorities say he sent a threatening message on social media.

GHOST LOBSTER: A Maine fisherman says he caught a rare, nearly see-through “ghost lobster,” then threw the crustacean back into the ocean because it was too small to keep.

STOLEN SIGN: Police in Maine have identified suspects who they say stole a sign from an athletic field.

AIR QUALITY-MAINE: Officials are warning that ground-level ozone concentrations along the Maine coast will soon reach dangerous levels, which will make for an unhealthy combination with continued high heat, humidity and air quality.

EX-HUSBAND KILLING-DRIVEWAY: A Maine woman charged with killing her ex-husband by stabbing him in a driveway has changed her plea to guilty.


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