Things You Need to Know Today: Some Maine School Department Need to Consider Making Up for Snow-days
Here are the things you need to know today......
A fire left several people homeless last night in Skowhegan Tuesday night. It happened on Main Street, where Routes 104 and 201 intersect. According to centramaine.com all the residents are OK.
Hallowell City Council has said OK Stevens Commons master plan application. According to centralmaine.com there were some conditions on the approval of the development.
Centralmaine.com reports with the snow days central Maine schools have seen recently, it means now school departments have to start considering how they might need to start making up time to make sure they have their 175 days.
From the Associated Press:
Another round of winter weather is poised to clobber Maine. The National Weather Service says the latest snowfall will begin late Wednesday morning. Meteorologist Tom Hawley says some parts of the state could get hit with up to a foot of snow. He says there will be lesser tallies to the south.
Maine has the nation's lowest salary for a governor and a lawmaker says it's time to boost it. Republican Rep. Bradlee Farrin is sponsoring a bill to raise the governor's salary from $70,000 to $150,000. The raise would start January 2019, so it wouldn't apply to Gov. Paul LePage.
Gov. Paul LePage is attacking the House chairman of the taxation committee for accepting $9,000 to serve as a consultant on a referendum. LePage said that some people call such activity as "business as usual" but that he calls it the "utmost corruption." Democratic Rep. Ryan Tipping says he sought guidance from the Maine Ethics Commission to make sure it was OK.
The White House says former national security adviser Michael Flynn's error was not that he discussed U.S. sanctions with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. before the presidential inauguration, but that he denied it for weeks. White House officials say that just six days into his presidency, Donald Trump was told that Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia. Flynn resigned this week.
A Minnesota judge will hear oral arguments Wednesday on whether to toss out the case against the officer who shot and killed Philando Castile during a July traffic stop. St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez is charged with manslaughter and other counts. His attorneys say Castile was reaching for his gun and the shooting was justified. Prosecutors disagree. Castile had told the officer he was armed. The shooting's gruesome aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend.
Residents living south of Northern California's Oroville Dam are back in their homes for the first time since they were told to evacuate over the weekend. Engineers had discovered a growing hole in the dam's main concrete spillway, and authorities feared it could collapse, sending water gushing into communities. Authorities say the threat has lessened and they're working on a repair plan.
Hundreds of people in Christchurch, New Zealand have been evacuated from their homes as wildfires threaten some suburbs. At least one home was destroyed in the Port Hills, near Christchurch. The mayor of Selwyn says changing winds have made the fires unpredictable, and he plans to declare a state of emergency. The mayor of Christchurch plans to do so as well.
A federal judge has ordered a civil trial of the Texas prison system and its leadership in a civil rights lawsuit arising from the heat-related death of an inmate. The judge says state prison officials refused to provide air conditioning that could have also kept 21 other inmates alive. The judge says Larry Gene McCollum was among 22 inmates who have died front the heat in Texas prisons since 1998.