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Clinton police are searching for Jonathan Petgrave. According to a Facebook post he is wanted on a charge of aggravated assault after he allegedly strangled a woman and said he was going to kill her.
People gathered last night at the Maine state house united against the violence in Virginia. Centralmaine.com reported there were about 150 people at the event.
According to centralmaine.com the grand jury will decide on handing down charges of manslaughter, aggravated assault and aggravated criminal operating under the influence, to a 22 year old Wayne man when the truck he was driving when off the road in Mt Vernon killing one of the passengers.
The woman who, while naked, entered a Burnham home and got into bed with the lady who lived there is now facing a manslaughter charge. According to centralmaine.com the 72 year old home owner died just after the event in April from 'artery disease-induced attack'.
From the Associated Press:
Maine's Republican governor may claim a victory in his long fight against mandatory union fees. The Portland Press Herald reports that Maine's largest state employees union has agreed to a new two-year contract that would increase wages by 6 percent. The agreement now requires a ratification vote.
Maine's U.S. senators say the National Science Foundation has awarded more than $1 million to the University of Maine for a host of research projects involving energy, Earth science and education. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say the grants will help students and researchers promote education about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Advocates for students with disabilities say that proposed new rules for high school diplomas would make it much harder for such youth to graduate. A 2012 Maine law says all students should graduate having shown proficiency in eight subjects. Maine and Vermont are the only states with laws requiring such systems. Some education advocates and officials at a Monday hearing said proposed rules don't accommodate students with disabilities.
State police say they are joining an investigation into the disappearance of a 48-year-old man from eastern Maine. Police say 48-year-old Russell Burnett was last seen in February walking about a half mile from his home in the morning hours. The Hancock County Sheriff's Office and Maine Warden Service have also been involved in the case.
Student leaders at more than 120 universities across the country have issued a statement saying that campuses should be safe for students, not "places of violence, hate and racism." The statement follows the weekend white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, during which a woman was killed when a driver slammed into a crowd of counterprotesters. The student leaders' statement also expresses support for University of Virginia students in Charlottesville.
North Korea's military has presented leader Kim Jong Un with plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam and "wring the windpipes of the Yankees." But at the same time, both Koreas and the U.S. are signaling their willingness to avert a deepening crisis, with each suggesting a path toward negotiations. The tentative interest in diplomacy follows unusually combative threats and advances in the North's missile development, but it's unclear whether diplomacy will prevail.
If North Korea's leader doesn't go ahead soon with a plan to shoot missiles into the waters around Guam, many may assess that he backed down on yet another empty bluff. But from North Korea's perspective, Kim Jong Un and his generals have already won this round. According to the North's state media, he has examined the launch plan but wants to watch a little more" before making a decision. And he's putting the ball right back in Washington's court.
A Dubai billionaire who built a Trump golf course in the United Arab Emirates now wants to seek more business abroad. Hussain Sajwani's recent trips to Croatia and Malta more resembled visits by a head of state than those of a real estate developer. The pomp shows the benefits that ties to President Donald Trump's eponymous Trump Organization have had for the Dubai businessman's own company, which is now engaged in a new effort to sell Trump-branded villas.
Donald Trump won the presidency in part because he pledged to stop American manufacturing jobs from going overseas. Yet U.S. manufacturers have added nearly a million jobs in the past seven years, and statistics show nearly 390,000 such jobs open. The problem? Many are not the same jobs that long sustained the working class. More factory jobs now demand education, technical know-how or specialized skills. And many workers set adrift from low-tech factories lack such qualifications.