Things You Need to Know: LePage Says He’s Considering Run for U.S. Senate
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Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope should be open this month. Centralmaine.com says first house for homeless female veterans has been in the works for over a year.
A New York man was arrested in Waterville with over grams of crack and 14 grams of coke. Centralmaine.com he was arrested for warrants and drug trafficking.
From the Associated Press:
The University of Maine at Augusta is looking for its fifth president since September 2014. James Conneely abruptly resigned Tuesday night. The resignation takes effect at the end of June. Conneely said in his resignation letter that it's been an honor to serve since January 2016.
Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and newly seated Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez are kicking off a 50-state tour in friendly territory in Maine. A rally is set for Monday at the State Theatre in Portland.
A man who served 27 years in prison for the murder of a childhood girlfriend has been released on $25,000 bail after the key witness in the case recanted. Forty-four-year-old Anthony Sanborn was bailed out Thursday. He had been convicted of killing 16-year-old Jessica Briggs and sentenced to 70 years in prison. The judge set bail and said she'll have further proceedings before deciding whether to set aside the conviction and order a new trial.
Gov. Paul LePage says he's considering running for the U.S. Senate, but also feels he "wouldn't make a very good legislator." The term-limited Republican governor made the comments during a radio appearance Thursday on WGAN-AM. He will leave office next year after serving two terms, and there's been speculation about his next move.
Maine's highest court is asking tough questions about the constitutionality of an election overhaul approved by voters last fall. Ranked-choice voting allows Maine residents to rank ballot choices from first to last and ensures that the winner gets a majority. But there are questions of constitutionality, and the Maine Senate asked the Supreme Judicial Court to weigh in.
Afghanistan officials say the U.S. attack on a tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military killed 36 IS fighters. There were no civilian casualties, according to the Ministry of Defense statement, which also said that several caves and ammunition caches were destroyed.
North Korea's vice foreign minister is blaming President Donald Trump for escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula through his tweets and expansion of military exercises. Vice Minister Han Song Ryol said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in Pyongyang that the U.S. was becoming "more vicious and more aggressive" under Trump's leadership. Han also warned the U.S. against provoking North Korea militarily, saying, "We will go to war if they choose."
The Syrian government and the opposition have begun a coordinated population swap of tens of thousands of people from four besieged towns. Activists including the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said buses carrying rebels began leaving the rebel-held towns Madaya and Zabadani near Damascus on Friday morning in the first phase of the deal, which will also see the evacuation of residents from two pro-government Shiite villages in northern Syria.
Opponents of the death penalty hope for a big turnout on Good Friday to protest the state's plan to put seven inmates to death by the end of the month. So far outrage has mostly been expressed on social media. A few dozen people have kept a vigil outside Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson's mansion for weeks. But otherwise opposition has been muted in the conservative state.
A lawyer for a man who suffered a concussion and lost two teeth when he was dragged off a United Express flight says he hopes the 69-year-old becomes "a poster child" for the mistreatment passengers suffer at the hands of the airline industry. Attorney Thomas Demetrio indicated Thursday Dr. David Dao will be suing United and the city of Chicago.