Things You Need to Know: Maine Ends Fiscal Year with Almost $111M Surplus
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Finding skilled workers for the construction industry is currently challenging. According to WCSH Southern Maine Community College is starting a new program recruit and train the new generation of workers. The Construction Institute will provide training to new and current construction workers, using short courses targeting specific job skills.
An East Winthrop died when his vehicle rolled over him as he was unpacking at his camp in Clayton Lake Township. According to WABI 74-year-old Bruce Morang had gotten out of his pickup when it started to roll backwards and rolling over him and catching on fire when his cigarette ignited his medical oxygen tanks inside the truck.
Some school-based student health centers in Maine lost state funding because the Maine's most recent budget required the DHHS to eliminate $5 million in funding for the centers and other programs. According to Centralmaine.com The program to provide basic medical care for students who would not otherwise have access to care.
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta is hosting a Downtown Story Walk in Gardiner on Friday from 3-5p to promote reading for families. Start Gardiner Library, check out Water Street to complete the book. Head back to the library with a completed checklist and the kids gets a small prize!!
Maine ended the fiscal year with almost $111M surplus. According to centralmaine.com part of that money will be used to stabilize the state budget and reduce the income tax rate.
From the Associated Press:
A law to help emergency responders with post-traumatic stress disorder in Maine has received the governor's signature. Under the bill, if an emergency responder is diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder it's now presumed that the diagnosis is work-related. The law does not include actions like layoffs, termination or disciplinary actions.
Police say a man and a woman have been arrested in New York City in connection with the death of a nursing aide found alongside a road in Maine last week. Maine State Police say 37-year-old Carine Reeves and 19-year-old Quaneysha Greeley, formerly of Lewiston, Maine, were being held on fugitive-from-justice charges Wednesday. The body of 55-year-old Sally Shaw was found in Cherryfield, Maine, on July 19.
Black Lives Matter protesters in Maine who police had said obstructed a public way are no longer facing criminal charges. A judge in January had agreed to an agreement saying that the misdemeanor charges will disappear if the protesters stay out of trouble for the next six months.
A woman is organizing a fundraiser for the funeral of her sister who police believe was killed and left on the side of a road in Maine. Susan Shaw says there are at least 12 detectives investigating the death of her sister Sally Shaw and that the family doesn't have a lot of answers. WLBZ-TV reports the victim was a mother of three children, all less than 40 years old, and seven grandchildren.
A group of 10 Republican and Democratic governors are calling on Senate leaders to heed John McCain's plea for bipartisan work on overhauling Obamacare. In a letter late Wednesday, the governors urged the leaders, particularly top Republican Mitch McConnell, to set aside "this flawed bill" and work with them on making health care more available and affordable for every American.
Criticism was immediate and strong from both political parties after President Donald Trump abruptly declared a ban Wednesday on transgender troops serving anywhere in the U.S. military. Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York called Trump's action "harmful, misguided and weakens, not strengthens our military." John McCain, the Arizona Republican and Vietnam War hero, said Trump was simply wrong. But some at the Capitol disagree. Rep. Duncan Hunter calls it "the absolute right decision."
Transgender veterans and active-duty troops are reacting to President Donald Trump's Twitter pronouncement on Wednesday banning transgender people from military service. A former combat-tested naval officer says she's angry that Trump wants to exclude transgender people like her. And a transgender service member says he will not be kicked out without a fight.
Officials say a ride that broke apart at the Ohio State Fair, killing one man and injuring seven other people Wednesday evening, passed its inspections. Director of Agriculture David Daniels says all of rides are checked several times when they're being set up to ensure they're set up the way the manufacturer intended. Officials say the Fire Ball ride was inspected at a couple of different stages and was signed off Wednesday.
Israel removed an overhead metal bridge and the railings it had recently installed near a contested Jerusalem holy site, meeting a demand by Muslim protesters and causing thousands of Palestinians to celebrate in the streets. Muslim leaders say they will decide later Thursday whether worshippers can return to the shrine for prayers and end a crisis Israel hoped it had resolved by making concessions at the site.