Things You Need to Know Today: Pingree Not Attending Trump’s Inauguration
Here are the things you need to know today......
Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree saying she will not attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. According to centralmaine.com she is becoming more that 30 other members of Congress have decided to make the same choice.
From the Associated Press:
A Maine marine research institute says it has added a species of New England flounder to its list of sustainably harvested fish species. The Gulf of Maine Research Institute says it is adding the American plaice to its list of species that can carry the "Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested" brand.
It's inaugural week in Washington, D.C., but there's one Republican who won't be dusting off her dancing slippers for the inaugural ball. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is still recovering from a broken ankle she suffered in a fall on ice outside her Bangor home last month. Her office says there's no timetable for a full recovery.
The public might soon have a chance to comment on potential new fishing rules that could help bring New England's shrimp back into markets. Interstate regulators are working on new rules about how to manage the fishery if it does eventually reopen. The fishery has been shut down since 2013 due to a stock collapse.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has created a committee that will advise Republican President-elect Donald Trump on federal appointments to Maine jobs. The Republican has named eight people to the Federal Appointments Advisory Committee. It will review candidates for positions such as U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal, jobs with the United States Department of Agriculture and federal judgeships.
The Obama administration and Cuba's Interior Ministry have agreed to share information on international criminal activity such as terrorism, human trafficking and money laundering. The memorandum commits the U.S. and Cuba to sharing information, carrying out joint investigations and possibly stationing law-enforcement officials in each other's countries. There is GOP opposition.
According to a person briefed on the matter, General Motors will announce a $1 billion investment in its factories that will create or keep around 1,000 jobs. The announcement is to be made Tuesday and is an investment that is part of the normal process of equipping factories to build new models and is said to have been planned for months.
Turkey's premier is confirming that a suspect in the Istanbul nightclub massacre has been arrested. He says the suspect's fingerprints match the attacker's. Media reports have said that police have been questioning a suspected Islamic State militant accused of killing 39 people during the New Year's attack.
A support group for relatives of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is protesting Tuesday's decision to suspend the search for the plane. The group Voice370 issued a statement shortly after Australia, China and Malaysia announced they were suspending the nearly three-year search, which failed to find the main underwater wreckage or the bodies of the 239 people killed. The group calls on the three nations to reverse their decision.
European auditors say the European Union wastes 88 million tons of food a year for a population of 510 million. In its report titled "Combating Food Waste," the European Court of Auditors says the EU is not doing enough to reduce food waste. It says more efforts should be made along the food chain.
Hyundai Motor Group says it will significantly increase its investment in the U.S. while Donald Trump is president and is considering building a new U.S. factory. A president of the Hyundai group says Hyundai Motor, Kia Motors and their affiliated companies will spend $3.1 billion during the five years through 2021 on research and development and maintaining their factories in Alabama and Georgia.