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September 21, 2018

Maine news from The Associated Press for Friday, Sept. 21, 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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UPCOMING TOMORROW

ELECTION 2018-STATE LEGISLATURES

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Democrats were trounced in their bids for state legislature during the tenure of former President Barack Obama, losing 968 seats in eight years. That’s a big part of the reason Republicans controlled the redistricting process that cemented GOP control of Congress. Democrats hope to reverse that this year or at least put a big dent in the previous Republican gains. They have embarked on a coordinated and well-financed effort to win state legislative seats, although the heavy partisan gerrymandering accomplished under the Republicans could thwart many of their efforts. By David A. Lieb. 1,000 words. Photos.

With:

— BC-US-Election 2018-State Legislatures-Glance, a by-the-numbers breakdown of partisan control in state legislatures.

TOP STORIES:

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-MAINE

MANCHESTER, N.H. — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, considered one of the few possible Republican “no” votes on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, speaks at Saint Anselm College about “the civility, cooperation, and compromise required to operate a constitutional republic effectively and responsibly.” By Holly Ramer. Sent 373 words Upcoming: 500 words by 8:30 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

RURAL FAIR: Maine’s rural living fair is getting started for lovers of organic agriculture, whether they’re looking to learn how to raise goats or get the most out of their compost.

TRIBAL PUBLIC SAFETY: Three American Indian tribal groups in Maine will benefit from more than $100 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Justice designed to improve public safety in native communities around the country.

POLITICAL PROJECTIONS: Maine legislators have decided activists can’t project political messages onto the Maine State House, saying the building should be maintained as a “neutral institution of democracy.”

BUS DRIVER ASSAULT: A Maine school district has fired a bus driver caught on surveillance video smacking a teenager who has autism.

MAINE UNEMPLOYMENT: Unemployment rose slightly in Maine in the month of August, but remains lower than a year ago.

SOLAR SUBSIDIES: Environmental groups have filed a new lawsuit against the Maine Public Utilities Commission over its decision to reduce the credit homeowners receive on their energy bills when they install solar panels.

LOBSTER PROCESSING: A Maine seafood company has obtained the final permit to develop the largest lobster processing operation in the state.

HISTORIC FIREHOUSE DEMOLITION: A Maine resident says more than 400 people have signed a petition to save a historic firehouse from demolition.

OVERDOSE DEATHS-MAINE: New statistics show the opioid epidemic is continuing in Maine, where there’s nearly one death every day from a drug overdose.

TRUCK PULL-ASSAULT: Police say a drunken man who walked onto a truck-pull track at the Farmington Fair has been charged with assaulting an officer.

SEAL DEATHS: Researchers say an outbreak of distemper is to blame for a rash of seal deaths in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

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