Things You Need to Know: Bill to Allow Concealed Carry on Maine College Campus Drew Criticisms at Public Hearing
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Two people died and three vehicles damaged after a head-on crash in Wiscasset. According to WGME officials are investigating as to what caused the one of the vehicles to cross the center line to hit the other two.
A bill to allow concealed carry on college campus in Maine drew criticisms at a public hearing. Centralmaine.com reports that the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and Maine Maritime Academy all oppose the legislation.
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Police say a Skowhegan man who was riding a motorcycle died after a head-on collision in Monmouth. WABI-TV reports 68-year-old Robert Saveall was driving west on Route 202 when his motorcycle crossed the center line and hit another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle was not hurt. The accident happened on Friday night and is still under investigation. Saveall was a homeless veteran. He had recently moved into a shelter in Lewiston.
A Republican's bill would force the state to release $15 million in bonds for low-income senior housing that the governor has held up since voters approved them two years ago. Housing advocates say it could be a last-ditch effort to release the bonds while the termed-out governor is in office.
Maine's governor will be in Washington this week to voice his opposition to national monuments like the one former President Barack Obama created in the state. Republican Gov. Paul LePage will testify at a House subcommittee on federal lands hearing on Tuesday on the use of the Antiquities Act of 1906 to create monuments. Obama used his power under the act to permanently preserve more land and water using national monument designations than any other president.
State lawmakers are proposing bills aimed at improving rehabilitation and community services for those suffering from mental illness. The Legislature's health and human services committee is set to hold public hearings on six bills Tuesday. A 2015 state report found that one in five Maine adults reported having a mental illness. Between 2008 and 2014, suicides increased by 17 percent.
Maine's Republican governor says he's suing the state's Democratic attorney general because she refuses to represent the administration in court cases for political reasons. Gov. Paul LePage says Attorney General Janet Mills won't handle cases she doesn't agree with politically and has publicly disagreed with Republican President Donald Trump's immigration and travel orders. Mills calls LePage's lawsuit "frivolous" and says LePage has "misinformed opinions." (more from Centralmaine.com)
Accounts from witnesses and survivors cast doubt on American suggestions that the Islamic State group was to blame for the deaths of more than 100 people in a March 17 U.S. airstrike in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the deadliest single incident of the campaign. U.S. officials say militants may have forced people into the building and booby-trapped it with explosives. Survivors tell The Associated Press none of that happened, instead depicting a brutal battlefield of relentless bombardment.
The U.S. opioid crisis is forcing hospitals to roll out non-addictive alternatives to treatments that have long been the mainstay for the severe pain of trauma and surgery. There are no one-size-fits-all replacements, but some hospitals seek to make opioids a last resort, so they don't save patients' lives or limbs only to have them fall under the grip of addiction. Options range from pain-numbing nerve blocks to a mix of medications that attack pain in different ways.
In moderate House Republicans' districts, feelings on health care proposals are deeply held and deeply divided. GOP lawmakers who thought the repeal-and-replace attempt in March went too far are being pressured again over the latest effort. Interviews in their districts by Associated Press reporters find the tugs over the issues are dividing districts, couples and even voters' own minds.
A contentious U.S. anti-missile system based in southeastern South Korea is operating and can defend against North Korean missiles, a South Korean official said. Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang Gyun said the Terminal High Altitude Defense system, or THAAD, has "early capability" to respond to North Korea's nuclear and missile threat. Moon did not say when the system would be completely deployed.
President Donald Trump wants legislative wins and is poised for one or two. But his recent comments on one bill raise questions about how closely he follows the details. His recent description of the health care bill suggested he was unfamiliar with how the bill addresses coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Congressional leaders and White House aides have struggled to agree on the level of optimism and timing for a vote.