Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, July 11, 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.

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TOP STORIES:

ACID RAIN-TREE RECOVERY

STOWE, Vt. — The gray trunks of red spruce trees killed by acid rain once heavily scarred the mountain forests of the Northeast. Now those forests are mostly green, with the crowns of red spruce peeking out of the canopy and saplings thriving below. A main reason, scientists say, is a government-enforced reduction in the kind of air pollution that triggers acid rain. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 670 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

LEGISLATOR BURNED: A friend of a Maine state legislator who suffered serious burns while starting a brush fire says he's expected to make a full recovery.

MAINE GIRLS ACADEMY CLOSING: The Maine Girls' Academy says any effort to reopen the school would have to "start from scratch," as the school is $250,000 in debt.

FERRY SERVICE: A Portland city official says the city ferry service will likely leave the city for Bar Harbor as a new port for a high-speed service between Maine and Canada.

SUMMER STORM: A thunderstorm has knocked down trees and damaged some homes in parts of Maine and New Hampshire.

FAIRGROUNDS FIRE: A massive fire has destroyed two buildings and damaged several others at a historic fairground in Maine.

TRANSGENDER TEEN-MOVIE: A transgender former middle school student who fought to use the bathroom of her choice in Maine is preparing for her big screen debut.

HOT DOG: Police say a dog left in a hot car has been rescued, and the owner is nowhere to be found.

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