Things You Need to Know Today: 100+ Braved the Cold at ‘March 4 Trump’ Rally in Augusta
Here are the things you need to know today......
About 100 people braved the cold on Saturday in the 'March 4 Trump' in Augusta. Marchers started at the Shaw's Plaza and marched down to the Maine capital complex where the rally was held.
From the Associated Press:
The man accused of kicking a puppy on the Kennebec River Rail Trail in 2015 has been acquitted of an animal cruelty charge. The Kennebec Journal reports that a jury found Michael Hein of Fairfield not guilty on Friday.
Police say more than 20 Colby College students have received summonses on charges of underage drinking and using fake identification off campus. The Waterville police chief tells the Morning Sentinel that the department received a call Thursday night from staff at the Silver Street Tavern, who believed that underage people were drinking there. Police say the Colby students were at a club beneath the tavern.
Trustees of a southern Maine arena won't name the four groups that want to bring pro hockey back to Portland. The Portland Press Herald reports that Cross Insurance Arena trustees will meet in a Monday executive session to discuss four proposals. The Portland Pirates left town following a lease dispute and is playing all home games in Lewiston.
Authorities say a Massachusetts woman died after her snowmobile drifted and crashed into several trees while crossing a trail on a Maine pond. Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife said 45-year-old Karen Pillman was leading a group of snowmobilers crossing a connector trail on Parlin Pond in Parlin Pond Township on Saturday afternoon. Authorities say she drifted and crashed into several trees. She was ejected from the vehicle. The crash remains under investigation.
Republican leaders in Maine and Utah are asking President Donald Trump to step into uncharted territory and rescind national monument designations made by his predecessor. It appears his options are limited because the law gives presidents the authority to create, but not rescind, national designations. But that isn't stopping Trump from reviewing the status of Katahdin Woods in Maine and Bears Ears in Utah.
Officials in Maine's largest city are considering offering panhandlers work to keep them off the streets. The city is working on 36-week pilot program that would offer panhandlers an opportunity to work for $10.68 an hour cleaning up parks and other light labor jobs and connect them with social services. City officials say the proposal is similar to a program in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Congressional Democrats are asking for details about reports of contacts between the White House and the Justice Department concerning the FBI's ongoing review of Russian's efforts to influence the U.S. presidential election. Democrats plan to send a letter to White House counsel Donald McGahn and FBI Director James Comey. The Democrats cite reports of the White House contacting the Justice Department and FBI asking them to knock down reports of communications between Trump associates and Russians during the campaign. Comey hasn't done so.
A White House official says plans are on track to roll out a revised immigration ban on Monday. Trump administration officials have said that the new order aims to overcome the legal challenges that resulted in the first immigration ban being blocked by a federal court. The revised order is expected to remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a U.S. travel ban for 90 days. It would also no longer single out Syrian refugees for an indefinite ban.
North Korea has fired four banned ballistic missiles. South Korean and Japanese officials say the missiles flew about 620 miles, with three of them landing in waters that Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone. It's not clear the exact type of missiles fired, but the tests will be viewed as a provocation by the Trump administration, which is working on its policy for North Korea.
Malaysia's prime minister says his country is protecting its "sovereignty and dignity" by expelling the North Korean ambassador. Relations between the countries have become frayed over the poisoning of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader. Many believe the Feb. 13 attack at Kuala Lumpur airport was orchestrated by Pyongyang. Kim Jong Nam died less than 20 minutes after two women wiped a nerve agent on his face.
Japanese authorities are confirming that all nine people aboard a rescue helicopter that crashed in snow-covered mountains in central Japan were killed. Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency says the seven firefighters, engineer and pilot were aboard a rescue helicopter that crashed during a training flight Sunday. The chopper was made by Bell Helicopter, based in Fort Worth, Texas.
A former New Jersey attorney general and mentor to Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court Monday. David Samson pleaded guilty last summer to bribery for using his position as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 2012 to pressure United Airlines to revive a money-losing flight from Newark to South Carolina. Samson wanted the flight so he could have easier access to a weekend home.