Things You Need to Know: More Trails for Mt. Pisgah
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The Marine Corps says an Osprey aircraft crashed into the sea while trying to land Saturday and that 23 of the 26 on board were rescued, but three were unaccounted for. According to WGME Ben Cross of Bethel is believed to be among three dead.
Dunkin' Donuts is trying a new slogan in California, centralmaine.com reports that Pasadena a new Dunkin’ Donuts with 'Dunkin’. Coffee and more'. They are trying it out to see how it might work on a national level.
The Kennebec Land Trust next weekend will open mile and a half of new trails and is working to expand the conservation area by buying two properties for Mt. Pisgah in Winthrop. Centralmaine.com reports they have hopes of another two trails next summer.
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The Maine Military Historical Society's museum isn't expected to survive the move of the Maine National Guard headquarters from Camp Keyes to a new facility, Camp Chamberlain. The Kennebec Journal reports that the budget for the new building didn't include space for the museum. The museum's artifacts include Medals of Honor awarded to Maine military heroes and a pistol believed to have belonged Maj. Gen. Joshua Chamberlain.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage is standing by his criticism of Maine's two senators over their health care vote despite drawing condemnation from former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. The Maine Democrat issued a rare public political statement on Thursday, saying Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King were right to vote against a proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act. LePage called Mitchell "out of touch."
A minor league baseball team in Maine is going to give away bobblehead dolls of the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress as part of a celebration of women's voting rights. The Portland Sea Dogs will give away the dolls of Margaret Chase Smith on Aug. 26 as part of Women's Equality Day. Smith served 32 years in Congress and was the first woman whose name was placed in nomination for president at a major party convention.
Maine says it will take over a paper mill company's dam as long it doesn't need a federal license to do so. LePage has traveled to D.C. to argue that federal regulations for small dams stifle business.
A federal court has ruled against Lewiston-based Community Health Options in its $23 million lawsuit against the federal government. Community Health Options contended the federal government owed payments promised under the Affordable Care Act's "risk corridor" program, established to help stabilize the country's new health insurance marketplace. The nonprofit plans to appeal the dismissal of the claim.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the best signal North Korea could give that it's prepared for negotiations with the U.S. would be to halt its missile launches. Tillerson is offering his most specific outline to date of what preconditions the U.S. has for talks with Pyongyang.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Russia is showing "some willingness" to start talking about a resolution to the Ukraine crisis. Tillerson made the comment after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. After the meeting, the Russian diplomat announced that the Trump administration was sending its new special representative for Ukraine negotiations to Moscow for talks.
President Nicolas Maduro is vowing that a band of anti-government fighters who attacked a Venezuelan army base will get the "maximum penalty" as his administration roots out his enemies. The attack early Sunday came as Venezuela's controversial constitutional assembly is getting down to work, signaling in its initial decrees last week that delegates will target Maduro's foes as he had warned.
Vice President Mike Pence is slamming a news report suggesting that he's getting ready for a possible run for the White House in 2020 if President Donald Trump doesn't. Pence says his team is focused on advancing Trump's agenda and seeing the president re-elected in 2020. The news report takes note of Pence's busy political schedule and active fundraising, although it also says his advisers claim he'd only throw his hat in the ring if Trump decides against running.
After a nationwide manhunt, a Northwestern University professor and University of Oxford employee are in jail in California. Professor Wyndham Lathem is scheduled to appear in court Monday. He and Andrew Warren are expected to be extradited to Chicago to face possible charges in the murder of a 26-year-old man. The case has taken peculiar twists, including one of the suspects making a donation in the victim's name to a library and a videotaped confession from Lathem sent to friends.