Things You Need to Know: Maine State Treasurer is Warning Residents of a New Scam
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From the Associated Press:
It's been more than three months since Maine Gov. Paul LePage announced his administration would move forward with building a state psychiatric facility without legislative approval. But mental health advocates are still waiting for the Republican governor to move forward. The Republican governor has been mum on the plans to build in Bangor.
The Governor's Energy Office says the price of heating oil in Maine has dropped 9 cents since the middle of March. The statewide average cash price for No. 2 heating oil was $2.17 per gallon this week. The statewide price of kerosene was also down 7 cents, to $2.72. Propane prices have fallen 12 cents in that time and are now down to $2.43 per gallon.
Five movie theaters in Maine were temporarily evacuated after a manager at one location reported a threat. Maine State Police say the manager at the Smitty's Cinema in Windham called police around 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Maine state treasurer is warning residents of a new scam that tells residents they have unclaimed property with the state. Unclaimed property includes cash and financial assets considered lost or abandoned, including checking accounts and unpaid wages.
The murder trial of a New York man charged with killing a Maine couple on Christmas Day 2015 is being moved due to the extensive publicity surrounding the case. David Marble, Jr., of Rochester, is accused of shooting 35-year-old Eric Williams and 26-year-old Bonnie Royer in Manchester, outside Augusta.
Independent State Treasurer Terry Hayes is the first candidate to file papers to run for governor in 2018, saying she's in the "to the end." Hayes says she will continue to serve as state treasurer but that she'll also going to start now to organize her campaign for 2018.
Maine's Republican governor says that requiring legal notices to be printed in newspapers "props up a dying, antiquated industry." Gov. Paul LePage says lawmakers must explore eliminating the requirement, which he calls a "taxpayer subsidy of the worst sort." Legislators on Thursday overrode LePage's veto of a bill that requires the continued posting of newspaper legal notices on a publicly accessible website.
The executive director of Maine's ethics commission wants to prohibit all compensated lobbying by former lawmakers in their first year after public service. The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices are set to discuss on Tuesday possible legislation to close the "revolving door" from legislative work to lobbying.
Fair trade certification for seafood products is on the rise in the U.S., where interest is growing in the story behind the fish and shellfish people eat. Fair Trade USA says certification of seafood products began in 2014. The first U.S.-based company to offer fair trade seafood will have fair trade scallops on the market this month.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traveled to the tense zone dividing North and South Korea, declaring that the "era of strategic patience is over" with North Korea. During a visit to the Demilitarized Zone separating the two countries, Pence expressed impatience with the unwillingness of the North to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reiterated that pressure, not only dialogue, is necessary in dealing with North Korea's missile and nuclear threat. Abe, speaking to a parliamentary session Monday following North Korea's massive military parade and botched missile launch, said: "Needless to say, diplomatic effort is important to maintain peace.
Tensions have spiked in recent weeks over North Korea's advancing nuclear technology and missile arsenal. But in Pyongyang, where war would mean untold horrors, where neighborhoods could be reduced to rubble and tens of thousands of civilians could be killed, few people seem to care much at all.
Police in Ohio are urging residents in surrounding states on Monday to be on alert for a man who they say shot and killed an elderly passerby and then posted a gruesome video of the killing on Facebook. Thirty-seven-year-old Steve Stephens is wanted on a charge of aggravated murder in the death of Robert Godwin Sr. on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland. In a statement early Monday, police warned residents of Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan to be on the lookout for Stephens.