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

November 7, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Nov. 7, 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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PORTLAND, Maine — Computer-assisted tabulations under Maine’s new voting system will be used to determine the winner of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race between Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and Democrat Jared Golden. Neither candidate in the most expensive race in state history collected a majority of first-place votes under Maine’s ranked-choice voting system, which was used for the first time Tuesday in U.S. House and Senate races. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 595 words, photos.


PORTLAND, Maine — Democrat Janet Mills said Wednesday that her top priorities as Maine’s next governor will be expanding Medicaid as voters demanded in 2017, lowering health insurance premiums and tackling the opioid crisis that has claimed hundreds of lives. Just hours after claiming victory over Republican businessman Shawn Moody and independent state treasurer Terry Hayes, Mills paid a visit to a waterfront diner where she shook voters’ hands and thanked them for their support. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 630 words, photos.


PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine judge says she’ll weigh in soon on the future of voter-approved Medicaid expansion. Justice Michaela Murphy heard oral arguments in Superior Court on Wednesday. Pro-expansion advocates continued arguing Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has broken the law by stalling expansion. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.


SHRIMP SHUTDOWN: Fishing regulators are collecting the final comments from the public before deciding whether New England’s shrimp fishery should remain closed for another year.

ELECTION 2018-BALLOT QUESTIONS-MAINE: Mainers have given the green light to four bond initiatives totaling $200 million.

CHARTER SCHOOL-STATE RENEWAL: A Maine state commission has unanimously approved a charter renewal for the state’s first virtual charter school.


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