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AP-ME--Maine News Digest 1 pm, ME

November 17, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Saturday, Nov. 17, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking news and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-MAINE

PORTLAND, Maine — The last New England Republican in the U.S. House is refusing to concede his historic election loss but faces long odds in his legal quest set to drag on for weeks against Maine’s new voting system, according to legal experts. By Marina Villeneuve. Upcoming, 600 words.

IN BRIEF:

INMATE DEATH: State police are investigating an inmate death at the Maine State Prison. Officials say 50-year-old Christopher Nault of Farmington died Friday morning. Maine Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick declined to provide details until an investigation is complete.

SOMALI DETAINEE: A federal judge has freed a Somali immigrant who was held for nine months in a New Hampshire jail. The New Hampshire ACLU contends Immigration and Customs Enforcement unlawfully detained 45-year-old Abdigani Faisal Hussein. The Portland, Maine, resident was released from the Strafford County Jail on Thursday.

ELECTION 2018-LEGISLATURE-MAINE: A record number of women will be serving in Maine’s Legislature. Maine Public reports 72 women are serving in the Maine Legislature, up from 64 last year.

NEW POTATO: Maine’s newest kind of potato is now available in stores across New England. The new potato is called the Caribou russet and it first went to market in limited supply in fall 2016. The University of Maine developed the spud for cooler climates.

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