Things You Need to Know: Trump in Bangor Wednesday + Dry Weather Affecting Farmers
Donald Trump will be making a campaign stop in Bangor. According to centralmaine.com Trump will be at the Cross Center at 4pm Wednesday. Gov. LePage endorsed Trump during a campaign stop in Portland on March.
The question to legalize marijuana will be the first question we vote on this November. According to centralmaine.com, question two is about an education tax, question three on background check for gun purchases, question four about increasing the monument wage, and question five is about ranked choice voting.
According to the price-monitoring website GasBuddy.com, gas prices in Maine stayed even this week, with a statewide average of $2.347. Nationally, gas prices were down just over five cents per gallon this week, for an average of $2.284 per gallon.
From the Associated Press, three Red Cross volunteers from Maine are joining two others already in West Virginia to help with disaster relief after deadly flooding. The flooding has killed 23 people in West Virginia over the past week, and more rain is in the forecast for parts of the state.
Farmers and gardeners across Maine are dealing with difficult conditions after a dry spell has left most of the state abnormally dry and caused a moderate drought in coastal communities. The Portland Press Herald reports rainfall in Maine has been running about 4 inches below average for the year and 5.8 inches below normal for the past three months.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage has issued an executive order to fund several bills after lawmakers rejected his call for a special session. LePage plans to tap money from two social programs and from savings at mental institutions to pay for bills approved by the Legislature.
Most Asian stock benchmarks are rebounding Tuesday following early losses. Global financial markets have been feeling the fallout of last week's vote by Britain to leave the European Union. The British pound has dropped to its lowest level in three decades, and on Monday the ratings agencies Standard & Poor's and Fitch stripped the UK of its top-shelf credit rating.
No injuries or deaths have been reported in a large explosion and fire at a natural gas plant in Mississippi. Police in Pascagoula say the blast happened late Monday at a BP facility while employees were still at the site. But police say everyone is safe.
Fire officials in California say a wildfire threat still exists as residents of Kern County return to their neighborhoods. After spreading to more than 70 square miles, the blaze is now 40 percent contained, but not before killing two people and destroying 200 homes in the southern Sierra Nevada. The fire began Thursday and quickly exploded in dry brush. Fire officials say more homes could be vulnerable if winds blow the fire back toward communities.