Things You Need to Know: Jackman Meeting with Town Manager on ‘White Separatist Views’
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Leaders in the town of Jackman say they will meet with their town manager, for promoting what the called 'white separatist views'. According to WABI comments bashing Islam and calling for 'preservation of white European heritage in northern New England.'
A couple of thousand people came to the State House on Saturday for this year's Women's march. According to centralmaine.com similar marches were held in Bangor, Bar Harbor and Gouldsboro
A Windsor man out snowmobiling hit a low bridge on Togus Pond suffered a severe head injury on Sunday afternoon. Centramaine.com reports he was not wearing a helmet.
From the Associated Press:
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Northern New England officials have scheduled their annual tri-state reciprocal snowmobile weekend. From Friday, Jan. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 28, snowmobile enthusiasts can explore trails in other states without registering in those states.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislative panel is endorsing a proposal to mandate in-person sexual harassment training for all lawmakers. The Legislature's Rules Committee voted Thursday in unanimous support of Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Nate Libby's measure. Currently, lawmakers can miss such training by signing a form outlining the Legislature's sexual harassment policy. Libby has also submitted a bill to extend this training requirement to the executive branch, constitutional offices and lobbyists.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A man accused of killing a teenager in Maine in 1980 in a cold case that vexed authorities for years is set to go on trial. A judge will hear opening statements on Monday in the trial of Philip Scott Fournier. Fournier was charged in 2016 in the slaying of 16-year-old Joyce McLain, of East Millinocket, who disappeared while out jogging. Her body was found two days later. Fournier has pleaded not guilty.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Turnpike Authority wants public input on the future of the increasingly busy stretch from Scarborough to Falmouth. The goal is to complete a report of the growing safety and capacity challenges by June. MTA spokeswoman Erin Courtney said that traffic volumes have been growing at about three to five percent a year over the last three years. The committee is looking at possible solutions like encouraging ridesharing.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials with Maine's largest city say Portland International Jetport is the first airport in the country to use 100 percent recycled aircraft de-icing fluid. Nova Scotia firm and airport partner Inland Technologies has worked with the Federal Aviation Administration to be able to process the old fluid and turn it into something that can be used again.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine health advocacy non-profit group is holding a blanket and sleeping bag drive as temperatures dip well below freezing in the state. Healthy Equity Alliance began the drive on Jan. 16 and is continuing it until Feb. 1. It's taking the items at its office on Pine Street in Bangor during normal business hours.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate inched closer but ultimately fell short of an agreement that would have reopened federal agencies before beginning of the workweek. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said negotiations were still underway well into Sunday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown is shining a spotlight on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The Democrat has so far kept his party unified in seeking a spending bill that would include protections for young immigrants. The Senate is set to vote Monday on another short-term funding bill that would keep the government open through Feb. 8.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Conservative activists burned a large photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the head of the North's extremely popular girl band passed by them during her visit to Seoul amid a flurry of cooperation before next month's Winter Olympics. Hyon Song Wol, who heads the band hand-picked by Kim, saw about 150 to 200 activists rallying against her visit and recent inter-Korean rapprochement deals, but she didn't react.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani doctor who reportedly used a vaccination scam to identify Osama bin Laden's home has been languishing in jail since the al-Qaida leader was killed by U.S. Navy Seals in 2011. The case of Shakil Afridi is in many ways a metaphor for downward spiraling relations between his country and the United States.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Singer and actress Cher is urging thousands of people at a Las Vegas women's march and rally to make themselves heard at the polls. The music icon showed up to take to the podium and remind the crowd that if they don't vote, they don't have a voice. She says the current administration represents "one of the worst times in our history" and that "women are going to be the ones that fix it."