Things You Need to Know: Storm Repairs Still Top Priority
Here are the things you need to know today......
Gov LePage has issues a state of emergency giving power crews the flexibility to work as needed to get the power back on. Outage numbers are exceeding the ice storm of 1998. Because of the amount of damage it could take a few days to get power back on. The high winds have cause damage as well including flooding in the Gardiner High School Gym. (more on the storm)
Trick-or-treating will be postponed for children in Topsham to Friday. WMTW reports is because of the storm damage. Richmond is also postponing a Halloween event to Friday. Winthrop has cancelled a planned trick-or-treating event.
Auburn's Krispy Kream will open in 2018. The Sun Journal reports there have been some design delays, but they are getting close to starting their hiring process.
The executive director of the Humane Society Waterville Area resigned. Centralmaine.com reports officials are still investigating the disappearance of dogs from the shelter ordered euthanized by the courts.
From the Associated Press:
The executive director of a shelter in Maine where two pit bulls disappeared after being ordered euthanized has resigned. Lisa Smith resigned two days after the dogs went missing from the Humane Society Waterville Area. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court upheld an order Oct. 24 that the dogs should be put down after killing a Boston terrier and seriously injuring its owner. The owner of the pit bulls took them out of the shelter that day for a walk, and then reported that they'd escaped.
A severe storm that pounded the Northeast has left utility crews scrambling to restore power and forced communities to postpone Halloween festivities due to damage. The storm knocked out power to nearly 1.5 million homes and business at its peak Monday. More than 1 million customers remained in the dark early Tuesday. New England bore the brunt of the storm. Officials in some cities and towns have pushed back trick-or-treating to as late as Sunday evening due to safety concerns.
A pillar of former President Barack Obama's health care law faces a test in Maine, where voters will decide whether to expand Medicaid. Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed five attempts to extend the health insurance program and cover more lower-income adults. If voters pass the initiative, Maine would become the 32nd state to accept the expansion.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage says his longtime deputy chief of staff is stepping down. Kathleen Newman also served as LePage's legislative director. The Republican governor said on Monday that Newman has decided to leave her position. Newman had previously been the president of Associated Builders and Contractors of Maine, a group that represents the construction industry. She also has operated a consulting firm that worked on issues such as political campaign management.
The Producers Guild of America says Harvey Weinstein has resigned his membership and is now banned for life, in what the guild calls an unprecedented step. Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment by dozens of women, including actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. His representative says the Oscar-winning producer denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is sending a warning to individuals in President Donald Trump's orbit: If they lie about contacts between the president's campaign and Russians, they'll end up on the wrong end of federal criminal charges. Court papers unsealed Monday have revealed an indictment against Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a guilty plea by another adviser, who admitted to lying to the FBI about meetings with Russian intermediaries.
Democrats and a few Republicans in Congress have a clear message for President Donald Trump: Don't mess with Robert Mueller. Concerned that the president may fight back after Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling led to two indictments and a guilty plea for his former advisers Monday, top Democrats laid down a marker for the president, who earlier in the year criticized Mueller and the probe.
A growing list of inconsistences is casting doubt on the harrowing tale of survival by two Hawaii women who say they were lost at sea for months. The U.S. Coast Guard says the women never activated their emergency beacon. The sailors tell The Associated Press that they chose not to use the beacon because they never felt they were in imminent danger. Key elements of the women's account are contradicted by weather reports and basic geography of the Pacific Ocean.
A new computer algorithm is helping the FBI identify bodies found years or even decades ago. The agency has looked at fingerprints from about 1,500 bodies and succeeded in making 204 matches to prints previously on record. The new system is able to make matches from low-quality prints or even a single finger or thumb. The unit is now urging local authorities to search through other old case files and send in smudged or partial prints that couldn't previously be matched.