Maine news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, July 10, 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.

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TOP STORIES:

CHILD WELFARE

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine's top health and human services official said Tuesday that the state's struggling child welfare system needs dozens more caseworkers, higher salaries, a new computer system, changes to family reunification policies and penalties for those who fail to report suspected child abuse as required under law. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 520 words.

SHARING ECONOMY-CAMPING

BERLIN, N.Y. — The idea came to Michael D'Agostino as he was driving past a beautiful farm and imagined what it would be like to camp there. "It was a lightning-bolt moment," said D'Agostino, who left his job in finance three years ago to launch the startup Tentrr, which matches landowners looking for extra cash with vacationers yearning for solitude under the stars. Think of it as Airbnb for the great outdoors. By Mary Esch. SENT: 615 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

SESSIONS-MAINE: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going to discuss the opioid and fentanyl crisis in Maine.

CHRISTMAS DAY KILLING: The trial of a man accused of killing a Maine couple on Christmas Day 2015 is underway with prosecutors telling jurors the victims were shot in the head at close range.

LAWMAKER-FIRE: Fire officials say a state lawmaker suffered serious burns while using gasoline to start a brush fire at his farm in Winthrop, Maine.

CONVICTION-BLACK JUROR: Maine's highest court has upheld the conviction of a black man from Lewiston who appealed because the prosecutors eliminated the only African-American from the jury pool.

TEEN KILLED-CRASH: A Maine man who police say was drunk when he caused a crash that killed a man and injured another person has been arrested.

KITTENS IN POND: Police in Maine say they rescued two kittens from a pond, and they accused their owner of being inebriated and repeatedly tossing the animals into the water.

DEPORTED FATHER-PARDON: The fate of a Maine father who was deported to Haiti for a 10-year-old conviction rests in the hands of a pardon board.

MICE BREEDING CENTER: A Maine laboratory will celebrate the opening of a new $200 million mice breeding facility next month.

TRUMP-SUPREME COURT-COLLINS: Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said she's going to conduct a "careful, thorough vetting" of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

CONDOMINIUM COMPLEX FIRE: Authorities say improperly discarded smoking materials on a second-floor deck ignited a fire that destroyed a condominium complex in Maine and left 16 people homeless.

KILLING-ARREST: A 19-year-old who is charged with murder in the death of a man in Maine's largest city has been ordered held without bail.

TEACHER-SEX: The lawyer for a former Maine high school teacher who is charged with having sex with a student says the accusations are "teenage fantasies."

XGR-MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Maine physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants will be able to recommend medical marijuana for any patient they think would benefit under a new law.

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