Maine news from The Associated Press for Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has appointed a St. Croix river mill official to an international commission that protects the river's corridor on the U.S.-Canadian border. LePage in August appointed Woodland Pulp spokesman and environmental and security manager Scott Beal to the St. Croix International Waterway Commission. Paul Bisulca, a member of Schoodic Riverkeepers, a Passamaquoddy tribal organization, said he's concerned that it'd be a conflict of interest for a pulp and tissue mill employee to sit on such a commission. "Water to them is money," Bisulca said. By Marina Villeneuve. 400 words.



As the #MeToo movement spread to state legislatures, lawmakers across the country vowed to beef up their policies against sexual harassment, increase training, protect whistleblowers and discourage the use of confidential settlements. The follow-through in many states has failed to match the promises, according to an examination of legislation and policies in all 50 states. Half have taken no action whatsoever this year, even as sexual misconduct complaints against lawmakers have been mounting. By David A. Lieb. 1,400 words. Photos. AP data distribution. An abridged version also is moving. FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2018, AT 3:01 A.M. EDT.


— BC-US--Sexual Misconduct-State Legislatures-Glance, a list of every state lawmaker nationwide who has resigned, been expelled or faced other repercussions because of sexual misconduct allegations.

— BC-US--Sexual Misconduct-State Legislatures-Policies, a rundown of some of the most common sexual harassment policies adopted this year by state legislatures.

— BC-ME_Sexual Misconduct-State Legislatures-Maine, A Maine Democrat is at least the 30th lawmaker to leave office since January 2017 following claims of sexual misconduct.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Maine will for the first time provide public funding for abusers to attend programs aimed at changing their violent and controlling behavior.

PIPELINE LAWSUIT: A Maine city's ordinance prohibiting bulk loading of crude oil onto tankers does not violate the U.S. Constitution.

NO SHOW JURORS: A Maine judge is asking jurors why they skipped out of jury duty but says he's not looking to scold them.

BEAR HUNT-YOUTH: Maine's youngest hunters are headed to the woods for the state's annual youth bear hunting day.


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