Maine news from The Associated Press for Monday, Aug. 27, 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:

CHILD WELFARE

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers will return to discuss the governor's $21 million proposal to fix the state's struggling child welfare system. The state's seen more abuse reports and higher caseloads following policy changes in the LePage administration that required more assessments of abuse allegations. The governor wants to repeal a state law making family reunification a priority, and instead says the state should only make reasonable efforts to keep families together. By Marina Villeneuve. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m

DEAD POET

BRUNSWICK, Maine — The founder of the Dead Poets Society of America is going to be buried under a special tombstone he commissioned little more than a month before suffering a heart attack. Upcoming. By David Sharp, photos. Developing from 2 p.m. funeral service.

IN BRIEF:

SCALLOP SEASON: Maine scallop fishermen would be allowed to harvest the same amount of the shellfish per day under a proposal floated by state regulators.

KAVANAUGH-SENATE-PROTEST: Hundreds of people have gathered outside City Hall in Portland, Maine, to protest Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

DOWNTOWN DORM: Students and faculty who have moved into a new mixed-unit Colby College building in Maine say they are excited to work with the community.

GAS PRICES: Gas prices haven't changed much in northern New England.

FATAL CRASH: Police in Maine say a man died over the weekend when his car crashed and caught fire.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Maine's high court wants to hear from the public on a proposal to hold accountable lawyers who commit harassment and discrimination.

BEAR HUNT-MAINE: The Maine bear hunt's getting started with the part of the season in which it's legal to lure bears with doughnuts and other bait foods.

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