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AP-ME--Maine News Digest 1:30 pm, ME

September 13, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Sept. 13, 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:

ANIMAL GENOME MAP

A group of scientists says it has begun an ambitious effort to map the genes of tens of thousands of animal species. The scientists are working with the Genome 10,000 consortium on the Vertebrate Genomes Project, which is seeking to map the genomes of all 66,000 species of mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and fish on Earth. SENT: 530 words, with photo. By Patrick Whittle.

XGR-MAINE LEGISLATURE

Lawmakers have returned to handle a veto from the outgoing governor and end a drawn-out legislative session. The Legislature on Thursday was set to consider the governor’s veto of a bill to provide about a third of a million dollars in additional funding to cover the cost of November elections. Republican Gov. Paul LePage has long shattered the state’s veto record. The governor has withdrawn dozens of his nominations of individuals to state boards and commissions. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m. With XGR-MAINE LEGISLATURE-THE LATEST.

IN BRIEF:

MURDER CONVICTIONS-APPEAL: Two men convicted of murder in Maine are appealing their cases with the state’s high court.

FATAL BARN COLLAPSE: Authorities say a barn collapsed in a small Maine town, killing a man and injuring another.

MAINE-HOUSEHOLD INCOME: The U.S. Census Bureau says household income in Maine increased again last year, but still lags behind national levels.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-KING: Independent Sen. Angus King has confirmed he’s a “no” vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, saying the “stakes are too high” to grant him a lifetime appointment.

BOARD MEMBER-ASSAULT CHARGE: A Maine school board member who’s accused of sexually assaulting a woman has taken a leave of absence.

HEATING PRICES: Heating oil is more expensive than a year ago in Maine, where residents of the state are looking ahead to fall and winter.

ENERGY GRANTS: A barbecue restaurant in Freeport, an oyster farm in Walpole and a potato supplier in St. Agatha are among the Maine businesses receiving federal grants for renewable energy systems.

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