Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Aug. 2, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking news and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNows.

TOP STORIES:

PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FUNDS

PORTLAND, Maine — A judge on Thursday ordered Gov. Paul LePage's administration to release more than $1 million in public campaign funding that the Republican governor held up by refusing to sign routine financial orders. The state has three days to release the funds, said Superior Court Justice William Stokes in the Thursday opinion. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 410 words.

IN BRIEF:

CHILD WELFARE-GOVERNOR: Maine Gov. Paul LePage accused the state employee's union of trying to take credit for reforms proposed for the child protection system following the deaths of two children.

CONSERVATION FUNDRAISING: A Maine conservation organization has launched a $25 million fundraising campaign.

HOSPITAL CEO-NO CONFIDENCE: Central Maine HealthCare says it's standing by its CEO, despite no-confidence votes at all three of its hospitals.

FIREFIGHTER-TRAFFIC DEATH: Police say an off-duty Maine firefighter died in a two-car crash caused when he apparently fell asleep while driving.

TRADE MISSION: Republican Gov. Paul LePage is leading a trade mission to the United Kingdom and Ireland for Maine companies hoping to spur business with the countries.

BOND QUESTIONS: Maine's top elections official will draw the order of bond questions on this November's ballot.

___

If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to apmaine@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867.