Things You Need to Know: LePage’s Proposes Another Voter ID Bill
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Farmington police arrested a 13-year-old boy for allegedly making threats against Mt. Blue Middle School. According to WGME he is charged with terrorizing, he did not have weapons on him at the time.
SAD54 schools will be closed today. According to their website it is the result of a threat posted thu social media. Officials are investigating.
Police continue to investigate the death of a Bowdoinham woman. Centralmaine.com reports she was found seriously injured inside her mobile home. Officials have concluded that there is no threat to the public.
From the Associated Press:
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) —Maine's Republican governor is again trying to require Mainers to present photo ID to vote. About two dozen gubernatorial hopefuls want to succeed Gov. Paul LePage, who is term-limited from running for governor. Gov. Paul LePage's latest voter ID bill would allow those who don't have a photo ID to cast a regular ballot with an affidavit. But after the November election, Mainers without a photo ID would only have their vote officially cast by presenting a photo ID within three business days. No hearing is set yet for the bill. A 2012 state commission found no evidence of voter fraud in Maine. The Bangor Daily News has found that voter ID bills have been attempted at least 10 times since 1995, including a Republican-led attempt that failed in 2017.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Federal authorities have arrested a Maine man during a raid of more than 20 properties in the Lewiston and Auburn area as part of a drug trafficking investigation. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Tuesday they were investigating a trafficking organization that grew and distributed large quantities of marijuana under the cover of the state's medical marijuana program. The Sun-Journal reports 52-year-old Richard "Stitch" Daniels faces up to 20 years in prison under drug possession and manufacturing charges. Daniels appeared at court in Portland Tuesday, where he indicated he wanted a lawyer who specializes in his type of case. Federal agents say they seized more than 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of marijuana and six jars filled with butane hash oil from Daniel's residence, alongside other drugs.
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine says a group it leads is investing more than $14 million in businesses and infrastructure to try to grow marine jobs in the state. The university leads the Alliance for Maine's Marine Economy, which is a consortium of businesses and institutions in the state. The university says the group is investing $7 million in voter-approved bonds along with more than $7 million more from its own members.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's fox hunting season is ending for the winter. The Pine Tree State has a small but active group of hunters who pursue foxes. The season ends on Wednesday. There is no limit on the number of foxes a hunter can harvest during the season, which begins in October.
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The state medical examiner's office said alcohol, cocaine and cold temperatures caused the death of a teenager found in a snowbank in Maine. The body of 19-year-old Alexie Adams, of Orono, was found by a passer-by on Feb. 3.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law is now working with a downgraded security clearance. People informed of the decision to reduce Jared Kushner's access to classified information tell The Associated Press that Kushner is authorized to access information only at the lower "secret" level. That's set off rampant speculation among Trump allies that Kushner's days in the White House might be numbered.
BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government's battle to recapture the rebel-held eastern suburbs of Damascus is likely to be a long and bloody fight because of the presence of thousands of battle-hardened fighters who have had years to prepare. Many of the fighters entrenched in eastern Ghouta are originally from the area and move around using an elaborate network of underground tunnels, giving them an advantage against President Bashar Assad's forces and their allies.
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students returning to the Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people are both wary and hopeful. They are nervous about going back for the first time Wednesday to the rooms where so much blood was shed. But they are determined to honor their fallen classmates and teachers by carrying on _ and by continuing their fight for gun control and other measures to make schools safer.
MUMBAI, India (AP) — Thousands of grieving fans have gathered in Mumbai to pay respects to Sridevi, the iconic Bollywood actress who drowned accidentally in a Dubai hotel bathtub over the weekend. Sridevi's body was flown home late Tuesday night in a private plane owned by Anil Ambani, a Mumbai industrialist and entertainment baron. By early Wednesday morning, people had begun lining up along a security fence outside the private club near Sridevi's home where the body had been laid out.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham is getting a rare salute by the nation's political leaders under the Capitol Rotunda in Washington. Called "America's pastor" by some, Graham met every president back to Harry Truman and counseled most of them. President Donald Trump met him in 2013 and is expected to speak at the Capitol ceremony Wednesday. Graham is to lie in honor until Thursday, a funeral and burial scheduled for Friday at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina.