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AP-ME--Maine News Digest 6 pm, ME

August 28, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, Aug. 28, 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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An iconic species of tuna appears to be slowly recovering in the Atlantic Ocean, leading to requests for more commercial catch from fishermen and calls for a more conservative approach from environmentalists. By Patrick Whittle. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.



PORTLAND, Maine — Soft drink giant Coca-Cola announced on Tuesday it is acquiring Moxie, a long-lived and beloved New England soda brand that is the official state beverage of Maine.Moxie has been around since the 19th century and it’s famous in New England for its unique flavor, which is the product of a root extract that gives it a distinctive taste that polarizes drinkers. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 395 words, photos. An AP Newsbreak.


BOSTON — Some school districts in New England either canceled classes or sent children home early Tuesday as excessive heat baked the region and disrupted the start of the new school year. The heat index surpassed 100 degrees in some areas of southern New England as temperatures soared into the 90s and the dew point reached the mid-70s, according to the National Weather Service. SENT: 340 words.


SUPREME COURT-WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION-LEPAGE: Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has joined 15 other Republican leaders across the nation in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that companies can fire their workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

LAWYER-DISBARMENT: Maine’s highest court says a six-month suspension was too lenient for a lawyer who engaged in sex acts with a client and who was previously suspended over money laundering charges.

FATAL ATV CRASH: Maine authorities say a 70-year-old ATV driver has died in a crash.

SICK RACOON-RABIES: The Maine Warden Service says a woman who tried to help an injured, rabid raccoon that ended up biting her and a game warden will not be charged with a crime.

TAGGED LOBSTERS: New England’s lobster fishermen are being asked to keep an eye out for tagged lobsters that are part of a survey of the valuable crustaceans.

HOT WEATHER: Very hot and humid weather is in store for northern New England.

WEST NILE-MAINE: Maine health officials have confirmed the state’s first human case of West Nile virus.


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