Things You Need to Know: Proposed Legislation to Keep Dogs Safer in Cars WITHDRAWN
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The bill about dogs traveling in cars has been withdrawn. According to Centralmaine.com the person who asked for it be submitted has asked it be pulled. The bill would required dogs be harnessed in a vehicle, not be in the front seat and not put their head out the window.
A Farmington woman has been sentenced to 30 days and to pay back the money stolen from the Farmington Care and Share food closet. Centralmaine.com reports that over the years she stole hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A new scam has shown up targeting former patients from Redington-Fairview Hospital in Skowhegan. Centralmaine.com reports that the call trying to get your information to help you pay a bill.
The dog that bit a Winslow child will probably be returned to where he was purchased. According to centralmaine.com the dog was bought to be a Fairfield police dog but had yet to start his formal training.
A Benton man was charged with child pornography. According to WGME the first of Joseph Hood's computer found thousands of child porn images.
From the Associated Press:
Cyclists used to hang it up in the winter but these days many are outside thanks to trendy "fat bikes." The wide-tire bikes have come into the mainstream in the past few years, allowing riders to float over snow and bounce over obstacles. Sales have grown eightfold over the past three years.
Passengers going from Maine to Nova Scotia will be able to take advantage of high-speed ferry discounts this summer. Bay Ferries operates the ferry between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Customers who book passage for the 2017 season before April 1 can save up to 25 percent off of some of the tickets.
Maine's Republican governor said on a radio show the state's Somali community is "very much in support of" Republican President Donald Trump _ only he meant to say Sudanese. Gov. Paul LePage made the comments during a Thursday call-in on "The Laura Ingraham Show." But nearly two hours later, LePage's spokesman said the governor was actually referring to the Sudanese, whom LePage met with Wednesday. Somalis in Maine have criticized Trump's refugee comments.
A legislative committee is divided on a bill to ban the use of elephants in traveling animal acts in Maine. Elephant trainers and circus enthusiasts are denying allegations of animal cruelty and said elephants continue to be a big draw for families seeking old-fashioned entertainment.
Oregon has joined Washington state and Minnesota in filing suit against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. Hawaii has filed its own lawsuit against the ban. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says, "After spending more than a month to fix a broken order that he rushed out the door, the President's new order reinstates several of the same provisions and has the same illegal motivations as the original."
Republican legislation to dismantle former President Barack Obama's health care law has cleared its first big hurdles in the House and is gaining fresh momentum despite cries of protest from the right, left and center. After grueling all-night sessions, the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees both approved their portions of the bill along party-line votes on Thursday. President Donald Trump strongly supports the legislation.
The Senate intelligence committee has voted to confirm President Donald Trump's pick for national intelligence director. The committee voted 13-2 on Thursday in favor of former Sen. Dan Coats to replace James Clapper, who retired at the end of the Obama administration. The nomination of the Indiana Republican now moves to the Senate floor.
Experts say a Republican proposal to replace the Obama health care law would cut a $1 billion a year fund for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designed to prevent problems like lead poisoning and hospital infections. Some health experts say that would be a "major turning point" in how the nation promotes health and addresses health care needs. Some Republicans are pushing for the demise of the fund, saying they want more control over how public health funds are spent.
South Korea's Constitutional Court has formally removed impeached President Park Geun-hye from office over a corruption scandal that has plunged the country into political turmoil. The ruling by the eight-member panel opens Park up to possible criminal proceedings. Prosecutors already have named her a criminal suspect. The ruling has led to protests, in which two people died.
Guatemala's president is calling for a restructuring of his country's youth shelter system following a fire that killed at least 35 girls at an overcrowded government facility for children. The shelter outside Guatemala City held some 800 children and mixed victims of abuse with youthful offenders. Relatives and officials say Wednesday's blaze began when young people set fire to mattresses to protest abuses at the shelter.