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

September 5, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 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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REAL ID-MAINE

AUGUSTA, Maine — Mainers needn’t be worried about losing the ability to use their state driver’s licenses to board commercial airplanes next month because the Department of Homeland Security is expected to let the state extend the deadline again, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said Wednesday. SENT: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

STATE REVENUES: More than $20 million in surplus tax revenues are flowing into Maine’s coffers.

LAWMAKERS RETURN: Maine lawmakers will return this month to deal with potential vetoes of recent child welfare and tax reform legislation.

JUDICIAL NOMINEES: Maine lawmakers are reviewing the governor’s latest judicial nominees.

LOBSTER DEALER SALE: A Canadian specialty foods company is acquiring one of the biggest names in Maine lobster.

SQUIRREL BOOM: Officials say there are more squirrels scampering around southern Maine — and more of them are getting run over by cars as a result.

BUS CRASH-CAMPERS: Two families whose children were injured when a van owned by a Maine town crashed on Interstate 95 in New Hampshire are seeking financial damages for medical bills from the town.

SCISSOR LIFT ACCIDENT: Portland police say a man was seriously injured when a scissor lift he was operating fell over.

PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL: A new report finds that conditions at a Maine psychiatric hospital have improved for both patients and workers.

DEATH-BASEBALL FIELD: The court case of a woman charged with driving onto a baseball field and hitting and killing a man has been pushed back.

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