Things You Need to Know: Atwood Primary Principal Jennifer McGee 2017 Principal of the Year
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A company from Finland wants to start building high-performance amphibious aircraft at Brunswick Landing. The Bangor Daily News reports Atol Avion is expected to be hirning in the next year to year and a half.
Gardiner City Council may extend a moratorium on marijuana businesses by 6 months. According to centralmaine.com a committee has been looking at looking at recommendations for the council in regards to marijuana business and the city.
KKK fliers have now shown up in Waterville. Centralmaine.com these are similar to the ones discovered in other central and mid-coast locations in the last 6 months.
Centralmaine.com reports Daniel Fortune's appeal has failed. He is serving a life term for the machete attack on a 10 year old girl and her dad in Pittston in 2008.
Centralmaine.com reports that Jennifer McGee, the principal at Atwood Primary in Oakland has been named 2017 Principal of the Year.
From the Associated Press:
Maine lawmakers have failed to override the governor's veto of a bill aimed at helping veterans access health care. The bill would have allocated $15,000 to supply U.S. passport cards to veterans whom politicians say are being denied access to health clinics.The governor supports a bill forcing Maine to comply with the federal law. Currently, a state-issued driver's license isn't enough to get into certain federal buildings. Nearby military installations with health clinics have exceptions for veterans who bring a veteran's health card or U.S. passport.
Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine says he will oppose President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. King, who caucuses with the Democrats, made the announcement on Tuesday. He was the last member of the Senate to state his position.
A Maine woman who attacked her then-boyfriend with a claw hammer because he was "lazy" is going to prison for 15 months. The Sun Journal reports that Justice Robert Clifford suspended most of the eight-year sentence he imposed Monday because 34-year-old Crystal Foss had no criminal history and had been plagued by mental health problems. The victim was left with head wounds that took 10 staples to close.
A group of former nursing students has withdrawn a lawsuit against a California company that ran a nursing program in Maine. The complaint in U.S. District Court claimed InterCoast Career Institute's nursing program didn't deliver on promises, but the company reject the accusation. The lawsuit was dismissed last month.
A Cape Cod coastal science group says the first North Atlantic right whale babies of the year have been spotted in the Gulf of Maine. The whales are endangered, with only a few hundred in existence. The Gulf of Maine is a critical feeding area for the whales. The Center for Coastal Studies says an aerial survey found a mother and a calf in the north end of Cape Cod Bay between Race Point and Marshfield on Monday.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says "the United States has spoken enough about North Korea" in reaction to North Korea's latest missile launch. The State Department issued a terse statement from America's top diplomat acknowledging "yet another" launch and saying "We have no further comment."
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says his government condemns in the strongest possible terms the chemical weapons attack against civilians, including children, on a rebel-held town in northern Syria. He said in a statement Wednesday that the use of chemical weapons is "illegal and abhorrent."
Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley has been talking on the Senate floor in opposition to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch for several hours and plans to remain "as long as I am able." Merkley's extended speech isn't a filibuster and won't delay debate or votes, but it's part of Democrats' effort to bring attention to the nomination.
Gay rights organizations are hailing a Chicago appeals court ruling as a "game changer." The court says the landmark Civil Rights Act protects LGBT employees from workplace discrimination. But the issue may have to be settled by the Supreme Court, as the majority opinion and dissent showed sharp differences between judges saying the interpretation of laws can change over time and those who say judges should apply them as written.