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Things You Need to Know: Maine’s Homeless Populations Appears to have Dropped

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Mark Bechard, the man who killed two nuns and severely injured two others in Waterville in 1996 during a psychotic break has died.  According to WABI he had ALS.

The boyfriend of a women found dead in Jay has been charged with murder. According to WGME, police have not said what may have caused the incident.

Peter Alfond, the son of philanthropist Harold Alfond, died Monday night. According to WCSH he passed away from complications from malaria that he contracted on a trip to Africa.

New numbers show a positive trend in Maine’s homeless population. According to WGME there was reduction in the overall homeless population including homeless veterans.

A new state law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to do certain jobs at certain businesses. According to WGME While many positions are still off limits, it’s these first jobs employers say make all the difference to both employer and employee. Work permits requested thu the  state’s website.

Governor LePage’s long-time press secretary Adrienne Bennett leaving that job in August.  According to WGME she is taking a marketing position with Kennebec Savings Bank.

From the Associated Press:

Gov. LePage’s proposed ban on miniature booze sales is dead after a key vote from the state’s liquor commission. The liquor commission voted 3-1 Tuesday to maintain the status quo. LePage first said the bill for a deposit on the bottles would increase state redemption costs and later said it didn’t do enough to combat drunken driving.

Lawmakers are set to return to Augusta this week to deal with vetoes, bonds and unfunded bills. The governor recently vetoed a solar bill that he says would make the poor subsidize the cost of solar panels for the rich.

The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority says the Amtrak Downeaster train’s ridership for fiscal 2017 exceeded last year’s total and this year’s goal. The authority says more than 511,000 people rode the Downeaster in fiscal 2017, which ended on June 30. It says that total exceeded fiscal 2016 ridership and fiscal 2017 ridership goals by nearly 9 percent.

An Army veteran who lost all four limbs in an explosion in Afghanistan and opened a retreat in Maine for other injured veterans says he had an impromptu meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House. Travis Mills posted pictures on Facebook on Monday of himself with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Mills says he was meeting with the Republican vice president about his veterans retreat in Rome, Maine, when he got a chance to meet the president as well.

Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills is deflecting the latest disparaging remarks by GOP Gov. Paul LePage, one day after announcing her run for governor in 2018. Mills said her background in the Legislature, law enforcement and the private sector will help her fight for Mainers.

The snowballing revelations about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during last year’s presidential campaign have broadsided the White House, distracting from its agenda as aides grapple with a crisis involving the president’s family. The bombshell revelation that Trump Jr. was eager to accept information from the Russian government landed hard on weary White House aides.

Donald Trump Jr. is saying that his meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer is the extent of his formal contact with Russia officials and associates. Trump Jr. said Tuesday night in an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News Channel that “he has probably met with other people from Russia” but insisted that he did not attempt to coordinate to impact the election or try to damage Hillary Clinton.

Researchers are discovering that ongoing stress during early childhood _ from grinding poverty, neglect, parental substance abuse and other adversity _ can smolder beneath the skin, harming kids’ brains and other body systems. Research suggests that can lead to some of the major causes of death and disease in adulthood, including heart attacks and diabetes.

It’s been more than a month since four Arab nations cut land, sea and air routes to Qatar, but in the gas-rich Gulf nation’s glimmering malls and luxury hotels there is little sign of hardship. High-end clothing stores hawk the latest summer trends. Grocery stores are brimming with meats and cheeses from Europe and Turkey, and just last month the country’s main port received 4,300 cars and sheep from Australia.

An Iranian cancer researcher who was detained at Boston’s Logan International Airport has been sent back to his home country. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokeswoman Stephanie Malin says Mohsen Dehnavi and his family were put on a return flight shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday. Malin says the family’s detention was for “reasons unrelated” to President Donald Trump’s executive order on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries. Dehnavi was to have started work at a Boston hospital.

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