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AP-ME--Maine News Digest, ME

September 20, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Sept. 20, 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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TOP STORIES:

MEDICAID EXPANSION

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine courts have agreed to hear the latest arguments about the state’s failure to enact voter-approved Medicaid expansion. Medicaid expansion has been held up for months because of the Republican governor’s opposition over funding issues and resulting legal battles. A judge charged with addressing looming constitutional issues impacting Medicaid expansion has scheduled hearings for Sept 27-28 in Portland. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

WOOD PELLET MILL-FIRE: Fire officials say a blaze has completely destroyed a Maine plant that makes wood pellet fuel.

ACADIA-NPS DIRECTOR: U.S. Sen. Angus King said he emphasized the importance of addressing a maintenance backlog during a tour of Acadia National Park with the acting National Park Service director.

HOUSE FIRE-ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE: A Maine man charged with arson and attempted murder for setting his home on fire has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

FATAL LAWNMOWER CRASH: Officials in Maine say a crash involving a car and a lawnmower has left a 66-year-old man dead and a 5-year-old girl with severe injuries.

POLICE LIEUTENANT-SEX ASSAULT: A jury had found a former Maine police lieutenant guilty of raping a woman.

LOBSTER SALES-US: Members of Maine’s lobster industry are looking to shift their focus to growing domestic markets as new tariffs make it more difficult to sell to foreign buyers such as China.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-MAINE: Maine’s Republican senator says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford should testify, and added that she’s “saddened” by the threats Ford has received.

GANG ENFORCER SENTENCED: A man described by federal authorities as an “enforcer” for a Connecticut gang affiliated with the Bloods street gang has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. Prosecutors say 25-year-old Luis Padilla also traveled to Maine several times to watch over the gang’s drug trafficking operation in the Bangor area.

UMAINE-SUSPICIOUS MAN: The University of Maine is warning students about a man who has been spotted following women around campus.

RURAL AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT: An airport in rural Maine is getting more than $11 million in federal funding to extend its runway and make other improvements.

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