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AP-ME--Maine News Digest, ME

October 6, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Saturday, Oct. 6, 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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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — Brett Kavanaugh seems assured of surviving a Supreme Court nomination fight for the ages after two wavering senators said they’d back him despite weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and rowdy Capitol protests. Announcements by Republican Susan Collins of Maine and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia that they’ll support the conservative jurist made Saturday’s confirmation vote a formality, an anticlimactic finale to a battle that riveted the nation for nearly a month. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 650 words. Will be updated.

ECONOMIC LADDER:

BANGOR, Maine — Maine children born from 1978 to 1983 have faced overall slim chances of ending up in the top 20 percent of their peers of household earnings, a study has found. The Opportunity Atlas, a research project, tracked people across the country who were born in those years to track how they are faring in their 30s, the Bangor Daily News reported. SENT: 270 words.

IN BRIEF:

BASEBALL FIELD DATH: A Maine woman accused of driving onto a baseball field and hitting and killing a man is facing more than a dozen charges including manslaughter and aggravated assault. A Maine woman accused of driving onto a baseball field and hitting and killing a man is facing more than a dozen charges including manslaughter and aggravated assault.

MISSING TEACHER: Officials are awaiting identification of a body found near the home of teacher who disappeared days earlier in North Yarmouth. The search for Kristin Westra was called off Friday when a body was found by children playing in the woods.

NORTH AMERICA-TRADE-MAINE: Maine’s agriculture commissioner says a proposed trade pact could lead to more Maine goods like potatoes and milk being shipped in Canada. Maine Public reports Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Walter Whitcomb called the new deal a “monumental change” in dairy policy.

CONSOLIDATED-INVESTIGATION: The Vermont Department of Public Service is launching an investigation into customer complaints about telephone company Consolidated Communications. Complaints prompted by delayed resolution of service outages increased more than 2,000 percent between July and September compared to last year, the agency said, while complaints about installation delays grew 500 percent in the same period.

WIFE CARRYING CHAMPIONSHIP: Baseball’s fall classic focuses on an American pastime. A Maine ski resort has its own fall classic based on a Finnish tradition. Sunday River is hosting the North American Wife Carrying Championship on Saturday.

FRYEBURG FAIR INJURY: Officials say a man suffered a head injury during a competition and had to be airlifted from the Fryeburg Fair. Fair officials say the 59-year-old man was injured when a horse stepped on him during a pulling event Friday night.

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