Things You Need to Know: Waterville City Council Votes to Take Over Recycling
Here are the things you need to know today......
Waterville City Council voted to take over the curbside recycling. According to centralmaine.com they are going to hire a few for workers for the next few months and buy a new packer truck to pick up the recyclables the same time they do trash.
From the Associated Press:
The Maine House has failed to override the governor's veto of a bill aimed at forcing him to release $15 million in bonds for senior citizen housing that voters approved two years ago. The bill would have removed the state requirement that the state treasurer issue the housing bonds under the governor's direction. LePage contends the bond proposal would've enriched a few individuals. The voter-approved bonds will expire in five years if the governor does not act.
Gov. Paul LePage says federal government's rejection of the drawdown of $51 million in federal funding for Riverview Psychiatric Center represents a "financial tsunami." LePage, who vowed to appeal the decision, blamed lawmakers Thursday for continuing to spend federal funds despite concerns raised since the psychiatric hospital lots its certification in 2013.The state has been working to regain certification but a federal judge ruled in 2015 that state missed the deadline for appealing the decision.
The L.L. Bean manufacturing facility in Maine is safe after someone called in a bomb threat to the police, prompting an evacuation. Brunswick police say that they evacuated 200 employees Thursday night after the threat was called into a dispatch center. K-9 units swept the building, two from Maine State Police and one from Portland's police force.
The U.S. Secretary of the Interior is going to pay a visit to a new national monument in Maine that is in the midst of a federal review over whether to keep it. Secretary Ryan Zinke says he will visit the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Wednesday. He will also be in the area the following day to meet with local people.
The federal government is done taking comments about plans to change the recreational fishing rules for cod and haddock. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is looking to prohibit retention of cod all year long. Recreational fishermen would be allowed to keep up to 12 legal-sized haddock per day. The government is accepting comments about the proposal until Friday.
France's prime minister says he doesn't believe the surprise British election result means the country has changed its mind over its decision to leave the European Union. Speaking Friday on Europe 1 radio, Edouard Philippe conceded that "the tone" of Brexit negotiations may be affected by British Prime Minister Theresa May's failure to secure a parliamentary majority.
In the big book of political blunders, Theresa May's decision to hold a snap election to solidify her Brexit mandate will rank among the most memorable _ and the most unnecessary. Her party's huge lead in the opinion polls made the prospect too tempting to pass up, but she finds herself now without a parliamentary majority.
Former FBI Director James Comey has laid bare months of White House distrust in highly anticipated testimony before Congress. Comey accused the administration of spreading "lies" and bluntly asserted that President Donald Trump had fired him to interfere with an investigation of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign. His gripping account of interactions with Trump underscored the discord that soured their relationship.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved legislation for increased military cooperation with Qatar, including a deal for the deployment of Turkish troops there. The move is a sign of support for the Gulf state in its dispute with its regional neighbors. The legislation, which also foresees cooperation in military training, was rapidly passed in parliament on Wednesday, a day after Erdogan openly sided with Qatar and criticized other Gulf countries' moves to isolate it.
Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial have heard excerpts from the comedian's lurid, decade-old deposition, but explosive sections about him obtaining quaaludes and giving them to women before sex are yet to come. Prosecutors are expected to continue focusing on Cosby's testimony on Friday. It's giving jurors a look at his view of the January 2004 encounter where Andrea Constand says he drugged and violated her at his suburban Philadelphia home.