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

August 22, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Aug. 22, 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:

SCHOOL CHOICE-LAWSUIT

BANGOR, Maine — Maine families who want to send their children to religious schools at taxpayers’ expense have filed suit in federal court. Two national conservative groups that have brought forward religious freedom cases in other states are representing three families that filed a federal lawsuit in Bangor on Tuesday. The families ask the courts to require local communities to pay for tuition at religious schools, while also declaring Maine’s school tuition program unconstitutional. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 340 words.

HERRING FISHING CUTBACK

PORTLAND, Maine — The federal government is cutting back the East Coast herring fishery by millions of pounds because of concerns about the status of the important little fish’s population. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

HOME SALES: The Maine Association of Realtors says the price of single-family homes and the volume of sales rose in the month of July.

STOLEN BUOYS: The Coast Guard is offering a reward for information about brass gongs and bells that have been stolen from 10 buoys off of Maine’s coast.

FATAL CRASH-INTERSTATE: Police in Maine say a fatal crash on the Maine Turnpike killed a 19-year-old man from Massachusetts.

DISABILITIES MONITORING GROUPS: An independent board charged with overseeing the state’s services for adults with intellectual disabilities is understaffed, with just five of the 15 members it needs under state law in place.

CHILD WELFARE: Maine’s Republican governor has proposed child welfare bills that include making failing to report child abuse a crime.

DEADLY ROLLOVER: State police have released the name of the Maine woman who died in a two-vehicle crash on a Massachusetts highway earlier this week.

PROPANE FIRE: Fire officials in Maine say a blaze that damaged a home and killed a dog started when the homeowner hit a propane line while drilling through a stud.

SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving small businesses in southern and coastal Maine more than a half million dollars to open up new markets, reduce energy costs and cut back on fossil fuel use.

FARM DAYS: An event designed to celebrate Maine farms and provide resources to its farmers is coming to a town in the central part of the state.

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