Maine news from The Associated Press for Saturday, Aug. 4, 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:

CONSOLIDATED-UNIONS

PORTLAND, Maine — Consolidated Communications and unions representing more than 1,000 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are continuing negotiations as a deadline nears. The two sides are seeking an agreement before the current labor contract expires at midnight Saturday. UPCOMING, 300 words.

BEACH TO BEACON

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — A New Zealander has won the Beach to Beacon 10k road race in Maine. Twenty-eight-year-old Jake Robertson finished Saturday with an unofficial time of 27 minutes, 37 seconds. SENT: 180 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

DEMPSEY CHALLENGE: Actor Patrick Dempsey is offering to have lunch with five, randomly selected individuals who raise money for families affected by cancer. The Sun Journal reports that those who raise more than $1,000 by Sept. 1 for what's known as the Dempsey Challenge could be picked for the dinner. Dempsey is the creator of the Dempsey Challenge bike-run-walk fundraiser that helps families affected by cancer.

DOG ATTACK-MAINE: Police say a dog that attacked two teenage girls and their mother in Rumford, Maine, has been euthanized. The dog got loose Wednesday and attacked the 17-year-old and 18-year-old sisters. Their mother was bitten when she tried to intervene.

STORM DAMAGE: Powerful thunderstorms that swept across northern New England knocked down trees, caused flooding and set a library afire in New Hampshire. Officials say lighting was to blame for the fire at the Hopkinton Library. The blaze was quickly doused Friday and workers were trying to preserve as many books as possible.

MISSING BOATER-MAINE: The Maine Warden Service is looking for a man whose empty boat was discovered near the shore of an island on Moosehead Lake. Wardens are looking for 66-year-old Robert Hammond, of Hanson, Massachusetts.

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