AP-ME--Maine News Digest 6 pm, ME
Maine news from The Associated Press for Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018.
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Maine lawmakers will return to discuss the governor’s $21 million proposal to fix the state’s struggling child welfare system. UPCOMING: time and length TBA.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-STATE LEGISLATURES
As the #MeToo movement spread to state legislatures, lawmakers across the country vowed to beef up their policies against sexual harassment, increase training, protect whistleblowers and discourage the use of confidential settlements. The follow-through in many states has failed to match the promises, according to an examination of legislation and policies in all 50 states. Half have taken no action whatsoever this year, even as sexual misconduct complaints against lawmakers have been mounting. By David A. Lieb. 1,400 words. Photos. AP data distribution. An abridged version also is moving.
— BC-US--Sexual Misconduct-State Legislatures-Glance, a list of every state lawmaker nationwide who has resigned, been expelled or faced other repercussions because of sexual misconduct allegations.
— BC-US--Sexual Misconduct-State Legislatures-Policies, a rundown of some of the most common sexual harassment policies adopted this year by state legislatures.
— BC-ME_Sexual Misconduct-State Legislatures-Maine, A Maine Democrat is at least the 30th lawmaker to leave office since January 2017 following claims of sexual misconduct.
MAINE GOVERNOR HOSPITALIZED
Maine Gov. Paul LePage is in stable condition and under observation at a Bangor hospital after experiencing discomfort. Peter Steele, a spokesman for the Republican governor, says the 69-year-old LePage experienced the discomfort on Saturday while visiting family in New Brunswick, Canada. He says doctors have described LePage as “very strong and healthy.” By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 359 words with photo.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has appointed a St. Croix river mill official to an international commission that protects the river’s corridor on the U.S.-Canadian border. LePage in August appointed Woodland Pulp spokesman and environmental and security manager Scott Beal to the St. Croix International Waterway Commission. Paul Bisulca, a member of Schoodic Riverkeepers, a Passamaquoddy tribal organization, said he’s concerned that it’d be a conflict of interest for a pulp and tissue mill employee to sit on such a commission. “Water to them is money,” Bisulca said. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 400 words, with photo.
A baseball team from New Hampshire took the field blindfolded to give players and fans an appreciation of what life’s like for people who are blind or have limited sight. Members of the front office of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats lost 14-7 to a team from Future In Sight on Sunday in Manchester. Future In Sight is an organization that supports blind and visually impaired people. SENT: 345 words with photos.
PORTLAND FATAL FIRE: The owner of an apartment where six people died in a fire has begun serving his jail sentence for a safety code violation.
PROTESTORS-TRIAL: More than a dozen people arrested at the Maine governor’s mansion for trespassing this spring could have their cases go to trial.
OXFORD 250: Racing lovers are going to get their fill at the biggest race of the year in Maine.
ELECTRIC BUSES: The Maine Department of Transportation is slated to get more than $2 million in federal money to help pay for electric buses in the Portland area.
FOLK FESTIVAL: The American Folk Festival this weekend is billed as an event with something for everyone.
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