Things You Need to Know Today: Augusta + Oakland Looks at Marijuana Issues
Here are the things you need to know today......
Maine is giving employers until Jan. 7 to comply with a new overtime pay standard resulting from the minimum wage increase passed by voters. According to centralmaine.com this standard is different from the new federal standard, which has been delayed by a court challenge.
Two men were taken to the hospital after a bad crash on Townsend Rd. in last night that ripped their car apart. According to WCSH speed and/or alcohol are being looked at as possible factors. The crash scene is still under investigation. (Additional photos)
A man was found dead in a camper parked at a home in Turner. According to WMTW the camper was being heated by kerosene heaters so investigators are checking those first for issues. His body will be examined by the medical examiner's office.
Joka's and Temple Street Tavern are being sole. Joe and Fred Karter are selling those business and another building to Jeff Damon. Centralmaine.com reports the deal should be wrapped by early next year.
Augusta City Council Ok-ed a six-month moratorium on the establishment of any recreational marijuana stores or social clubs. According to centramaine.com they say it's a precautionary reaction to a citizen referendum that Maine voters appeared to approve during the Nov. 8 election. The city manager said it was to local rules on such businesses.
From the Associated Press:
Oakland officials have approved the first reading of an ordinance that would block marijuana retail stores and social clubs in the town. The Morning Sentinel reports the town council wants to make Oakland a "dry" town for recreational marijuana to buy time as the state figures out regulations and rules.
The Maine Governor's Energy Office says heating prices are climbing as winter approaches. The average price for heating oil rose 11 cents over the past two weeks to $2.15 per gallon. Kerosene prices rose 10 cents to $2.66 and propane prices climbed 4 cents to $2.35 per gallon.
Low temperatures and high winds have put the Northeastern U.S. in a deep freeze. Dangerous wind chills of 20 to 30 below in parts of the region will make for some difficult conditions on Friday. Forecasters say a storm will follow the frigid weather, bringing chances for snow, sleet and freezing rain across much of the U.S.
The portion of the Maine hunting calendar when it is legal to hunt for coyotes at night is getting underway on Friday. Coyotes live in many different parts of the state, from urban areas to farms to the woods. They are viewed as pests by some because they sometimes prey on livestock and have an appetite for pet food and human garbage.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage has rejected proposals to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but state voters are going to have the final say. Maine Equal Justice Partners said Thursday that they've exceeded the nearly 62,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot next fall.
Is the U.S. planning to take action against Russia for its cyber interference with the U.S. presidential election? President Barack Obama tells NPR News in an interview that the U.S. will respond at a "time and place of our choosing." Obama says some of the response may be explicit and publicized and some of it may not. And Obama says he has spoken directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the hacking.
Four Syrian organizations say Russia bears "a high likelihood" of responsibility for more than 300 attacks in Aleppo that violate international humanitarian law and may constitute war crimes. The organizations say in a letter to the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, that 304 attacks killed a total of 1,207 civilians. And 380 of them were children.
President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Sevier County, Tennessee, where fast-spreading wildfires killed 14 people and damaged or destroyed more than 2,500 homes, businesses and other buildings. The declaration is to allow for grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help people get back on their feet.