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Things You Need to Know: Augusta’s ‘Can Opener’ Bridge May Get $45,000 DOT Warning System

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Zone forecast from Maine.gov

**UPDATE** According to WCSH, thee boy passed away from his injuries**
A canoe accident in Vassalboro put a 5 year old little boy and his mom in the hospital. Centralmaine.com reports both were taken to the hospital with hypothermia, the boys being severe. Both were wearing life jackets.

The Waterville Public Library has won the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and centramaine.com reports they will be honored in Washington DC this summer.

Maine DOT is working on a system of sensors and flashing lights to warn truckers not to try to drive tall trucks under a ‘can opener’ railroad bridge on Water Street in Augusta. Centralmaine.com reports the $45,000 system would have sensors and flashing lights to warn the truckers they are too tall for the bridge.

A ‘person of interest’ has been found in connection to the dog that was thrown out in the trash in Lewiston. WMTW reports the dog was found and it now with the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society.

Centralmaine.com reports an 80-year-old woman died after a single-car rollover on Interstate 95 in Benton.

The ground breaking for homeless veterans housing at Togus happens Friday. According to Centralmaine.com the project will build 21 cabins for the vets on the Togus campus.

From the Associated Press:

The man is going to prison for 27 years for an attack on a 73-year-old Waterville woman that the judge described as “sexual torture.” The victim told 33-year-old Mark Halle that she forgave him, and Halle asked the judge for “a little bit of mercy.” He was accused of beating and raping the woman early on Feb. 7, 2016. The victim recognized him because she’d paid him to shovel off her deck.

Northern New England is getting a rare treat: Sunlight and warmth. The National Weather Service says it’s going to be sunny Tuesday with temperatures approaching 70 in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. By Thursday, it’ll even approach 90 in parts of the region. The warm, sunny weather follows a wet, rainy period.

A Maine Democrat says her bill would ban internet service providers from selling their customers’ data without explicit consent from customers. President Donald Trump last month signed a law that could allow internet providers to sell information about their consumers’ online browsing habits.

Maine housing developers and affordable housing advocates hope lawmakers roundly support a Republican’s bill to release $15 million in bonds for senior housing that voters approved two years ago. Supporters have been waiting weeks for action, which they call a last-ditch effort to release the bonds while the term-limited governor is in office. Republican Gov. Paul LePage has refused to release the bonds.

Authorities in Maine say an 84-year-old man ploughed into his own house after being rear-ended. The Sun-Journal reports that the crash happened in Oxford on Sunday afternoon. Police say 40-year-old Frank Poussard, of Paris, rear-ended 84-year-old Sidney Linscott as he turned into his driveway. Investigators say Linscott’s vehicle was pushed into his house and then struck the home’s deck.Both men were treated for minor injuries.

The Trump White House has returned to crisis mode as it reacts to yet another bombshell. The feeding frenzy Monday was brought on by a Washington Post report that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials in a meeting last week. That led to closed-door emergency meetings, hallways packed with reporters, statements rushed out, but few questions answered.

More than 100,000 Chinese in the last decade have gained residency in many nations through investments in “golden visa” programs, including a controversial and sometimes fraud-ridden program previously used by President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. An Associated Press analysis found the Chinese have poured at least $24 billion over this period into the U.S. and 12 other countries offering residency in exchange for investment. There have been problems with fraud and misuse.

A young British computer expert credited with cracking the WannaCry cyberattack has told The Associated Press he doesn’t consider himself a hero but fights malware because “it’s the right thing to do.” In his first face-to-face interview, Marcus Hutchins said Monday hundreds of computer experts worked throughout the weekend to fight the virus, which paralyzed computers in some 150 countries.

Taiwanese state media say the WannaCry cyberattack infected computers at schools, a national power company and a hospital but add that government agencies have not been affected. Around the world, the cyberattack that took computer files hostage seems to have slowed and authorities are working to catch the extortionists behind it.

The U.S. is accusing Syria of carrying out mass killings of thousands of political opponents and burning the bodies to hide the evidence. The allegation of mass killings comes as President Donald Trump weighs options to try to bring an end to Syria’s civil war. The State Department says it believes about 50 detainees each day are being hanged at Saydnaya military prison, about 45 minutes north of Damascus, before being burned in a crematorium.

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