Things You Need to Know: Maine Increasing Age to Buy Tobacco to 21
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The lawmakers overrode Gov. LePage’s veto during yesterday and made 21 the legal age to buy tobacco products. They still can use it at age 18. According to the Bangor Daily News they voted to override 13 of the 27 vetoes. LePage's veto of the ban on hand held cell phone use while driving was upheld.
Belgrade selectmen will reconsider a traffic control and parking ordinance. According to centralmaine.com it recently was defeated on a2-2 vote. One selectmen, who was absent from the other vote, voted in favor of the revote.
About 50 people were on hand for an update on the bridge replacement projects due to happen in Gardiner. Centralmaine.com reported adjustments have already been made to timeline to help lessen the impact on the community.
From the Associated Press:
A 44-acre saltwater farm in Maine where E.B. White penned "Charlotte's Web" is up for sale for $3.7 million. The Brooklin home where White lived until his death in 1985 includes a barn that was the setting for the beloved children's book featuring a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte. The home dates to the late 1700s. White and his wife, Katharine, bought it in 1933. Down East Properties listing agent Martha Dischinger says current owners Robert and Mary Gallant, of Anderson, South Carolina, are ready to sell after more than three decades of ownership. She said Wednesday the property retains many historical touches and the owners maintained the gardens tended by Katharine White before her death. E.B. White also wrote "Stuart Little," another children's book.
Police say a Tenants Harbor man died after he was ejected from the vehicle he was riding in during a collision in Bath. Police say front-seat passenger Sheldon Curtis was ejected and suffered head injuries when he struck a concrete abutment.
Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine are defending themselves after being called "dangerous" by Republican Gov. Paul LePage because they helped sink a GOP proposal to repeal former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. King and Collins said that after meeting with thousands of people to discuss health care they reached the "inescapable conclusion" that the proposal would've hurt Mainers.
Maine Sen. Susan Collins is among a group of legislators introducing an act designed to ensure that websites that enable sex trafficking can be held liable. Collins, a Republican, says the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act would provide justice for sex trafficking victims and make sure websites that make trafficking possible can be brought to justice.
Interstate fishing regulators say the way the lobster fishery is managed needs to be fine-tuned because of a drop in the number of baby lobsters in New England waters. The American lobster fishery is based in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank regions, which stretch from Canada to Massachusetts. University of Maine marine scientist Rick Wahle has said the population of baby lobsters appears to be declining in parts of those areas.
The White House says the president did get praise from Boy Scout leaders and Mexico's president. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells reporters the compliments were transmitted in person, not over the phone as Trump had described. She says, "I wouldn't say it was a lie." The Boy Scouts and Mexico's president denied the calls happened.
President Donald Trump calls a package of sanctions against Russia "seriously flawed" — but he's signed it anyway. Trump says "despite its problems, I am signing this bill for the sake of national unity." The legislation is aimed at penalizing Moscow for interfering in the U.S. presidential election and for its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.
Venezuela's president is dismissing charges that turnout figures for the election of an all-powerful constituent assembly were manipulated, accusing the software firm behind the claim of helping a U.S. attempt to sully a body meant to strengthen socialism. President Nicolas Maduro not only stood by the disputed official count of 8 million-plus votes cast, said an additional 2 million would have voted if they hadn't been deterred by protesters he also accuses of working for Washington.
Brazilian President Michel Temer has eked out a victory in a congressional vote over a bribery charge against him that has fueled angst and anger across Latin America's largest nation, but there won't be time to celebrate. There are more legal woes ahead and clear chinks in his governing coalition.