Things You Need to Know: Deadly Drug, Carfentinal, Has Shown Up in Maine
Here are the things you need to know today......
Carfentinal has shown up in Maine. WGME says it is responsible for a death in York county. Carfentinal is an elephant tranquilizer and is 5000x stronger than heroin and 1000x than Fentinal making it easier for a drug user to accidentally overdose.
A dog tossed out in the trash in Lewiston was found and is on the mend at the Androscoggin Humane Society. WABI reports had some dental issues but those are being addressed and once he is healthy he will be put up for adoption.
From the Associated Press:
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway met with Gov. LePage yesterday in Augusta. They were here to learn more about Maine's drug problems.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he's not running for the U.S. Senate. LePage's senior political adviser released a statement Wednesday night announcing the term-limited Republican governor's decision. Brent Littlefield touted LePage's accomplishments while in office but said, "there is more to do." He says the governor "will remain focused on the job at hand." LePage will leave office next year after serving two terms.
Two Democrats say their bills would target the gender pay gap by restricting a hiring employer from asking for salary history. The Maine Human Rights Commission says in the last four years it's received 93 complaints of alleged wage discrimination affected by sex or gender.
The University of Southern Maine is hosting a discussion about the rise of fake news and what it means for journalism in the modern era. The "Examining Fake News" event will take place on Friday morning at 7 a.m. and feature David Brancaccio, the morning host of the radio program Marketplace.
A Maine mayor says he is mistaken after warning the city's immigrants about a postcard he received in the mail. Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald said he worried the postcard will "spark fear" in the town known for a large Somali immigrant population. But he said he should've read it more closely.
Former FBI Director James Comey is moving on from the convulsive day of his firing, sending a letter to his colleagues and friends saying he'll "be fine" and saluting the bureau as a model of trust and reliability in turbulent times. In the letter posted online on CNN, the veteran law enforcement leader says he doesn't plan to dwell on the way his dismissal "was executed." He also says that although he'll be OK, he'll miss the FBI and its mission "deeply."
Donald Trump's firing of James Comey came after the president vented that the FBI director wasn't doing enough to stop leaks about the probe into potential contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russians. The ouster played out just as word surfaced that Comey in recent days had been asking the Justice Department for more resources to pour into the investigation.
A Saudi-funded lobbying campaign involving U.S. military veterans saw some organizers disclose their activities late or vaguely. That stymied public knowledge on the scale of foreign influence in the campaign. The campaign and the allegations surrounding it show what can happen when the often-murky world of lobbying intersects with emotive American issues like patriotism, protecting U.S. troops and the memory of Sept. 11.
The new Veterans Affairs chief shares the goal set by former President Barack Obama's administration of ending homelessness among veterans, but says it'll take longer than his predecessor predicted. VA Secretary David Shulkin says reducing the number of homeless veterans nationwide from roughly 40,000 to 10,000 or 15,000 is an "achievable goal" for the Trump administration.
As Iraqi forces press on in the battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants, many of the city's residents who were wounded in the crossfire are struggling to come to terms with their injuries. For some, that has meant the loss of a limb _ and a future as amputees. Just in the first three months of this year, a small orthopedic facility run by the International Committee of the Red Cross has treated 148 people from Mosul who lost limbs.