Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, July 31, 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:

FATAL PLANE CRASH

GREENVILLE, Maine — The National Transportation Safety Board says a twin-engine propeller aircraft reported a loss of power right before a crash that killed three people. A spokesman for the NTSB said the plane, called an Aerostar AEST, will be hauled Tuesday to a secure location for further examination. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.

MAINE CAMPAIGN FINANCE

PORTLAND, Maine — A dark money group linked to Democratic mega-donors has shelled out half a million dollars to a union-backed group hoping to influence this year's Maine elections. State campaign finance reports filed this month show that the Democracy Alliance's State Victory Fund LLC contributed $500,000 to Rebuild Maine, a group founded by Maine's largest unions. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

HOSPITAL CEO-NO CONFIDENCE: Staff at all three Central Maine HealthCare hospitals have voted no confidence in the CEO of their parent company.

OZONE LEVELS-MAINE: The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is seeking to relax air pollution standards, a move that is receiving opposition from both environmental and tourism groups.

MISSING BOATER: Maine wardens say they've recovered the body of a boater who tried to help a swimmer in a pond and went missing.

RABIES VACCINE: Airplanes will drop packets of vaccine into rural woods in efforts to eliminate raccoon rabies.

AIRPORT GRANTS: Bangor International Airport in among five airports in Maine that are receiving more than $10 million in Federal Aviation Administration money to make improvements.

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