Things You Need to Know: New Businesses Headed to Waterville
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A march to support President Trump attracted dozens of supports in Augusta on Saturday. According to WCSH they marched around the state house and similar marched were held around the county.
The speed limit on 295 from Topsham to Falmouth will be going back to 65mph from 70 mph. According to the Bangor Daily News there has been an increase in crashes on that stretch of road and dropping the speed limit is something that can be done now to address the issue.
Centralmaine.com is reporting Harbor Freight is building a place in Waterville, the old Friendly's building is expected to be a new restaurant soon.
From the Associated Press:
Maine's 378 drug deaths in 2016 set a state record, but it could've been much worse without a drug administered to reverse overdoses. The Maine Sunday Telegram/Portland Press Herald reports rescue workers used naloxone, known by its brand name Narcan, 2,380 times in 2016, up from 1,565 times the year before. The newspaper has launched a 10-part series that will examine the epidemic of heroin, fentanyl and other opioids by looking at the lives of the victims and their families.
A Maine bridge is set to get a $1 million overhaul this summer. The Morning Sentinel reports that work on the Thayer Memorial Bridge over Messalonskee Stream in Waterville is scheduled to begin in mid-June and be completed in the fall. The bridge will be closed to traffic during construction. The state Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting on March 30.
A proposal before the Maine state house would restrict foraging for wild, edible vegetables, fruits and funguses on private property. Republican Sen. Thomas Saviello's proposal, as currently written, would prohibit the harvest of such food without written permission or a bill of sale from the owner of the property. But his proposal received a chilly reception from foraging enthusiasts, hunters and land owners at a public hearing, and he is working on walking back the bill.
Maine's sugar shacks are ready to open up this weekend for the annual sugary celebration. Participating sugarhouses are opening their doors to the public for Maine Maple Sunday, demonstrating how syrup is made and letting visitors sample freshly made maple syrup and candy.
Maine's hunting season for chasing wild hares is coming to a close for the year. The state has a season for hunting snowshoe hares that runs from Oct. 1 to March 31. Hunters are allowed to take four of the hares per day. They are valued by hunters because they are elusive and difficult to track down.
President Donald Trump's aides are signaling that they'll be looking for support from moderate Democrats in the future, leaving open the possibility that Trump could still revisit health care legislation. The GOP plan to replace "Obamacare" was pulled from a vote Friday after some Republicans, including the conservative Freedom Caucus, opposed it.
There are no suspects in custody after a shootout at a Cincinnati nightclub left one man dead and 15 other people wounded, one of them critically. Police say a gunfight broke out inside the crowded Cameo club early Sunday after a dispute among several patrons escalated. Club operator Jay Rodgers says he's "deeply saddened" by the incident, calling it "senseless." The club has a history of gun violence.
A senior Trump administration official says President Donald Trump on Monday will name his son-in-law Jared Kushner to head the new White House Office of American Innovation. The office will look at how ideas from the business sector can be used to improve how government works. The official says Kushner, who is Ivanka Trump's husband, will report directly to the president.
U.S. economic growth is expected to accelerate this year and next, yet remain modest. Fifty economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics believe the economy will grow a solid 2.3 percent this year and 2.5 percent in 2018. Those rates would be up from 2016's anemic pace of 1.6 percent.
Seattle's mayor is asking voters in his liberal, affluent city for $55 million a year in new taxes to fight homelessness. But 16 months after Mayor Ed Murray declared a state of emergency on homelessness, some citizens are pushing back, saying Seattle already spends millions to combat homelessness, and things appear to have gotten worse, not better. Supporters of the new taxes say they'd provide more housing for those who need it most.