Maine news from The Associated Press for Monday, Aug. 20, 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:

MEDICAID EXPANSION-MAINE

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine residents seeking health coverage under voter-approved Medicaid expansion remain in limbo as the administration refuses to say definitively whether it plans to provide the coverage. An advocacy group has said Gov. Paul LePage's administration signaled through an attorney that Maine is going to reject individuals applying for Medicaid expansion. But the attorney, Patrick Strawbridge, said Monday that he couldn't comment. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 420 words.

MAINE GOVERNOR-LUMBER

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage called a fellow Republican "the most repugnant human being" on Monday and stormed away from lawmakers who are investigating whether his administration retaliated against mill owners at odds with the governor on softwood lumber tariffs. SENT: 310 words.

IN BRIEF:

ARSON-FARMINGTON: The Maine Fire Marshal's Office says a woman set her boyfriend's house on fire after an argument.

MAINE-DEATH INVESTIGATION: Maine State Police are describing the death of a man in Presque Isle as suspicious.

LEGISLATIVE SESSION: Lawmakers are set to get back to work and weigh reforms to Maine's tax code and its struggling child welfare system.

PEDIATRIC CANCER RATES: Federal data shows Maine has high rates of childhood cancer, and experts are trying to figure out why.

RESIDENCE HALL-MOLD: A Maine community college has closed a residence hall where mold was found.

MAINE GOVERNOR-LUMBER: Republican Gov. Paul LePage has called a fellow Republican "the most repugnant human" and stormed away from lawmakers who are investigating whether his administration retaliated against mill owners.

INMATE HIRING: Current and former inmates hoping to find jobs could get some help from a state seminar aimed at employers.

CANNABIS FOR VETERANS: Maine's independent senator says he is getting behind an effort to research how medicinal cannabis could help veterans.

BANGOR KILLING TRIAL: The trial of a Connecticut man charged with a fatal shooting in Bangor, Maine, is due to get underway.

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