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

July 24, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, July 24, 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:

IMMIGRATION-NORTHERN BORDER

DERBY LINE, Vt. — While the Trump administration fortifies the southern border, there’s growing concern over the number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the porous northern border with Canada. People crossing the border between Vermont and Quebec have paid smugglers up to $4,000, usually payable when the immigrants reach their U.S. destination, according to officials and court documents. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FUNDS

AUBURN, Maine — A judge said Tuesday he hopes to weigh in this month on a lawsuit over Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to hold up more than $1 million in public campaign funding months before the November election. SENT: 275 words.

IN BRIEF:

ICELAND RIGHT WHALE: A New England ocean science center says whale watchers off Iceland caught an extremely rare glimpse of an endangered right whale near their country.

PROTECTION ORDER-FACEBOOK: Maine’s highest court agrees that a man’s social media posts violate a protection order.

SHARK CAMERA: A group of Maine researchers wants white sharks to use all those big teeth to smile for the camera.

GOP ACTIVIST: A former state lawmaker at the center of two ballot referendums where signatures were challenged is running for Maine Senate in York County.

TODDLER FOUND: Police in Maine say a 2 ½-year-old boy got away from his aunt’s home and was found walking near a busy intersection in a diaper.

VIKING-LONGSHIP: Residents of Maine are taking to the coast to greet a newly arrived replica of a Viking longship, the same type of ship that would have sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas over 1,000 years ago.

HOME SALES-MAINE: The Maine Association of Realtors says the number of existing single-family homes sold in the state ticked up in June.

UNION-POLICE DISPATCHERS: A police union in Maine’s capital city says the number of police dispatchers in the state’s public safety center is low enough that it could compromise public safety.

SPEEDING FINES: Maine drivers will see lower fines on their speeding tickets starting Monday.

LOBSTER BAIT: New England’s lobster fishing industry is again facing the possibility of a bait shortage, and ocean managers are looking to make some tweaks to the herring fishery.

PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FUNDS: A judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit over Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to hold up more than $1 million in public campaign funding.

DOWN EAST KILLING: A New York man’s conviction in his home state clears the way for him to be extradited to face a charge of killing a woman in Down East Maine.

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