Things You Need to Know Today: One Dead After Crash in Liberty
Here are the things you need to know today......
The driver of a pickup truck died after a collision in Liberty with an oil truck. According to centralmaine.com it was the pick up that veered into the path of the oil truck.
Madison officials are reaching out to Poland Spring as a possible tenant for the mill that closed last year. Centralmaine.com reports Madison is waiting for the sale of the hydroelectric station before the can close on any other new tenants ...like Poland Spring.
From the Associated Press:
Legislators are considering making state-issued driver's licenses comply with federal ID requirements. A public hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a bill to have the state comply with federal requirements that has raised privacy concerns.
The state ethics commission says it will keep investigating a Democratic lawmaker who didn't return $2,600 in unspent public campaign funds for two months. The Portland Press Herald reports that state Rep. Dillon Bates ended up returning the funds after the commission contacted him 11 times between December and February. Bates apologized and said he works up to 80 hours a week and couldn't make it to his bank to withdraw money from the account.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maine and the state's attorney general are sponsoring a contest for students to create multimedia projects about Maine's drug crisis. The contest is called Youth Voices on the Opiate Crisis in Maine. The sponsors are inviting students to design and make audio, visual and written projects about the drug crisis.
Snowmobile accidents and deaths are up in Maine this season as a cold and snowy winter has brought a resurgence of interest in getting out on the state's 13,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. The Maine Warden Service said it has responded to 85 personal injury snowmobile crashes this winter with several more weeks to go in the season. Nine people have died. Last winter, the state reported 67 personal injury crashes and five fatalities for the entire season.
House committees plan to begin voting Wednesday on GOP legislation to unravel President Barack Obama's health care law. House Republicans released their own 123-page legislation Monday, which would scale back the government's role in helping people afford coverage and likely leave more Americans uninsured. Subsidized health care would no longer be based on income but on age.
Opponents are promising to challenge President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. The new, narrower ban temporarily bars new visas for citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries. Iraq is no long on the list. The new ban also suspends the entire U.S. refugee program.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has started what he calls an emergency visit to Somalia to focus on the country's famine crisis. Guterres says "People are dying. The world must act now to stop this." Somalia is part of a massive $4 billion aid appeal launched last month for four nations suffering from conflict and hunger. The others are Nigeria, Yemen and South Sudan, where famine already has been declared.
The children of Syria are showing signs of "toxic stress" and are attempting self-harm and suicide. A report from Save the Children says as a result of prolonged exposure to war, some children are developing speech disorders and incontinence. The war in Syria is approaching its sixth year, and Save the Children is calling on all sides in the war to prioritize mental health issues before children develop lasting complications.
St. Louis is getting ready to elect a new mayor for the first time since 2001. Voters are going to the polls Tuesday in the primary election. Seven Democrats, including four members of the Board of Aldermen, are seeking to replace Democrat Francis Slay, who is not running for a fifth term. A big issue for the candidates is reducing crime and revitalizing the city's north side. FBI statistics for years have ranked St. Louis as among the nation's most violent cities.