Maine news from The Associated Press for Saturday, Aug. 18, 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:

RURAL ZONING

PORTLAND, Maine — The agency overseeing development in Maine's vast wilderness is considering dramatic changes that would alter restrictions on where subdivisions and businesses can be built. The Land Use Planning Commission is proposing scrapping its longstanding rule that limits a development to within a mile of something similar. Instead, it would allow residential and business development within 10 miles by public road of any of 46 rural "hubs." By David Sharp. 400 words.

IN BRIEF

LOBSTER INNOVATOR DIES: The Massachusetts inventor of wire mesh used in most U.S. lobster traps has died. Riverdale Mills Corporation in Northbridge said Saturday that company founder James Knott died Thursday at his home in Whitinsville of natural causes. He was 88.

BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL: Maine is celebrating one of its smallest and most beloved agricultural products, the wild blueberry.

AUBURN-MARIJUANA: A Canadian company has ditched plans to buy a marijuana-growing facility in Auburn, Maine.

BALLOON FESTIVAL: Organizers of the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston and Auburn are hoping that the weather holds for weekend launches.

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