Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, July 12, 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.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine's governor warned this week that if a court tells him he must expand Medicaid without budgeted state funding, he'd go to jail before putting Maine in "red ink." Nearly three out of five voters last fall voted to expand Medicaid to 80,000 Mainers by July 2. The Republican governor is fighting a court order requiring him to follow the voter-approved law and submit paperwork for Maine to receive federal funding. SENT: 345 words.


BATH, Maine — The second of three stealthy destroyers is going to have one of its massive turbines replaced. Rear Adm. William Galinis tells the U.S. Naval Institute that a Roll Royce turbine must be replaced before Michael Monsoor can travel to San Diego. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 360 words by 6 p.m.


AUBURN, Maine — The Auburn Police Department is going to start shaming shoplifters by posting mug shots online to deal with what police describe as an out-of-control problem. Police blame a spike in shoplifting on opioid use in Maine. Shoplifting has increased by 84 percent in the first five months of 2018, police said. SENT: 345 words.


CONCORD, N.H.— Attorney General Jeff Sessions says federal prosecutors in eight states will pursue even seemingly small synthetic opioid cases in hopes of reducing the supply of the drugs in areas with high overdose death rates. Sessions announced the new program Thursday in New Hampshire, which President Donald Trump has called a "drug-infested den." By Holly Ramer. SENT: 130 worsd. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m., photos.


YANKEE QUILL: Four journalists and a 19th century publisher are receiving the 2018 Yankee Quill — New England's highest journalistic honor.

SHOPLIFTING ARREST-DOG RESCUED: Police in Maine say a woman who was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting left her dog in a hot car when she was taken into custody.

PLANE BELLY FLOPS: A plane landed on its belly at a Maine airport without causing injuries or a fire.

NON-CITIZEN VOTING: Portland's mayor and a city councilor are renewing a push to allow some noncitizens to vote in local elections.

SENTENCE REDUCTION: A Maine man convicted of murdering his grandmother and setting fire to her house is requesting a lighter sentence, with his attorney arguing the crime wasn't "the worst of the worst."

WATER LANDING: Maine officials say a pilot glided to a river landing when his plane's engine seized up mid-flight.

FAIRGROUNDS FIRE: The Maine Fire Marshal's office says the blaze that destroyed two buildings and damaged several others at a historic fairground was accidental.

MEDICAID EXPANSION-MAINE: Maine's fiscally conservative governor says he'd rather go to jail before expanding Medicaid and putting the state in "red ink."


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