Things You Need to Know: Maine’s 9th Earthquake this Year + Gas Prices Up
Here are the things you need to know today......
A Waterville couple is accused of sexually abusing a young child for years. According to WGME they are being held on half a million dollars bail.
A Sabattus man died yesterday when his vehicle hit a tree off Route 197 in Litchfield. According to WGME the icy road did not appear to have been a factor and he was not wearing his seatbelt.
Kennebec Savings Bank is donating $150,000 for the RiverWalk project at Head of Falls in Waterville. Centralmaine.com reports with this donation, the $1.5 million RiverWalk project is about halfway to its fundraising goal.
Gas prices are still on the rise. Gasbuddy.com reported the price in Maine went up 1.6 cents to $2.64 a gallon. The national average increased last week by 2.7 cents to $2.61 a gallon. It’s 12 cents per gallon higher than last month, and 34.4 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
Maine had another earthquake, the 9th since the start of the years. Newscenter reports it was near Sebec Lake Sunday morning. It was a 1.6.
From the Associated Press:
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishermen from Maine are planning to use an interstate hearing to make the case they should be allowed to catch more baby eels. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is set to start considering new rules for the fishery on Tuesday.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Maine wildlife biologists say conservation programs and state partnerships helped more than 100 piping plover chicks fledge in the state last year. The piping plover is a shorebird that is on the state endangered species list and is listed as threatened at the federal level. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says southern Maine beaches hosted 64 nesting pairs last year and 102 chicks fledged.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Female genital mutilation is already a federal crime, but some lawmakers want to specifically outlaw it in Maine. The United Nations has condemned female circumcision, which has been common in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Two bills would make the practice a Class A crime punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Corrections is proposing closing some county jails to save money. Lawmakers, corrections officials and others have long argued over how county jails should be funded and operated in the vast, rural state. The department estimated closing five jails could save roughly $11 million. Last year, Maine's 15 county jails reported expenditures of about $86 million.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 1,175 points, or 4.6 percent, erasing its gains for the year. The Dow's drop Monday was its biggest in terms of points, but it had a larger percentage drop as recently in 2011.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A representative for John Mahoney says the actor known playing the cranky dad on "Frasier" has died. He was 77. Mahoney's longtime manager, Paul Martino, said Monday that Mahoney died Sunday in Chicago after a brief hospitalization. The cause of death was not immediately announced. Mahoney played Martin Crane, father of Kelsey Grammer's Frasier and David Hyde Pierce's Niles. The series, a hit spinoff of "Cheers," aired from 1993 to 2004. Mahoney's recent roles included guest appearances on "Hot in Cleveland" and a 2015 episode of "Foyle's War." The British-born Mahoney made Chicago his adopted hometown.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence committee has voted to release a second classified memo about whether the FBI and Justice Department conspired against President Donald Trump. Democrats on the panel wrote the memo in an effort to counter some of the arguments and evidence put forward by Republicans in a document of their own, declassified by Trump last week. The GOP memo criticizes the methods the FBI used to obtain a surveillance warrant on a onetime Trump campaign associate.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence isn't ruling out a meeting with North Korean officials as he prepares to attend the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Pence tells reporters in Anchorage, Alaska, that he hasn't requested such a meeting but adds, "We'll see what happens." The vice president is leading the U.S. delegation to the Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
MARIB, Yemen (AP) — Saudi Arabia, which is at war with Shiite rebels in Yemen, also is delivering aid to the Arab world's poorest country. The kingdom says it has spent nearly a billion dollars in aid to Yemen and plans with its partners to spend another $1.5 billion. Meanwhile, the Saudis' devastating air campaign against the rebels known as Houthis who hold the Yemeni capital and other territory repeatedly has bombed markets, medical facilities and civilian targets, drawing international criticism.
HONOLULU (AP) — Jeffrey Wong says a picture of him led to death threats by people incorrectly assuming he had sent the false missile alert. The Associated Press took a photo of Wong for a story about Hawaii preparing for a North Korean missile threat in July. The news agency did not resend it after the false alert, but people found it and recirculated it online. While Wong has been vilified online, guests at the hotel where he was staying when the alert went out praised his efforts to keep them safe.
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a place for arms control in the Trump administration's new nuclear weapons strategy _ a very small place. The policy document says "progress in arms control is not an end in and of itself," and largely focuses on modernizing America's arsenal. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will defend the report at a House hearing Tuesday.