Things You Need to Know: Equifax Data Breach + Hurricane Update
Here are the things you need to know today......
Augusta city councilors Ok'ed borrowing about $2.8 million to buy a new ambulance and firetruck, and repairs and improvements around the city. According to centralmaine.com of that just over $2M has to go out to voters in a referendum.
From the Associated Press:
An elementary school student is charged with making 911 calls that forced several schools to go into lockdown in Jay, Maine. Police say the 9-year-old girl allegedly reported to an emergency dispatcher that someone had a gun in Spruce Mountain Middle School.
Democratic Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says he removed the word "insurance" from a ballot question to expand Medicaid over concerns that some could see it as a biased term. Mainers are set to vote on a Nov. 7 referendum question calling for Medicaid expansion for certain poor adults. Republicans criticized Dunlap's wording calling Medicaid "insurance."
A Maine college has purchased an 18th-century house from a family that has previously made disputed claims that Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote parts of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" at the residence. Bowdoin College in Brunswick closed the deal of the sale Thursday on confidential terms. The Portland Press Herald reports the sale ends a lengthy legal battle between the college and the family of previous owner Arline Lay.
Maine police are using a grant to perform compliance checks on businesses to help curb underage drinking. On Tuesday, an undercover officer and a 20-year-old volunteer went to every business in Winslow that serves alcohol to see if they would ask the volunteer for identification. The Morning Sentinel reports most businesses asked for identification, though three businesses failed the check.
A legislative panel wants answers from Maine health officials about a federal audit that revealed the agency failed to investigate the deaths of 133 disabled adults. The Portland Press Herald reports the Legislature's health and human services committee sent the Aug. 31 letter to Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Ricker Hamilton. The lawmakers asked for answers by Tuesday. The department says the audit doesn't reflect current practices and disputed some findings.
One of the National Institutes of Health is awarding more than $750,000 to a Bar Harbor bioscience firm to help with research about healing the damage caused by heart attacks. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is awarding the small business innovation research grant to Novo Biosciences.
A massive 8.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of southern Mexico, toppling houses in Chiapas state, causing at least two deaths and setting off a tsunami warning. The quake was so strong that it caused buildings to sway violently in Mexico's capital more than 1,000 kilometers (650 miles) away. Residents fled buildings, often in their pajamas, and gathered in frightened groups in the street. Some neighborhoods remained in darkness after electricity was knocked out.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami has issued hurricane warnings for South Florida and the Keys. Forecasters on Thursday night issued a warning for a large segment of the state, including the Miami metro area and Lake Okeechobee, as Category 5 Hurricane Irma tracks toward the state with 165 mph (270kph) winds.
Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now those unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen. Besides Social Security numbers, the hackers stole consumers' names, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver's license numbers.
Authorities say a man shot by police at the Miami airport had a knife and was trying to gain access to the terminal from the tarmac near one of the gates. Miami-Dade police Director Juan Perez told reporters Thursday night that there was no longer any danger at the airport and the suspect was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries. Perez says the man acted alone and police do not suspect extremism.
Donald Trump Jr. says he met with a Russian lawyer last year simply to learn about Hillary Clinton's "fitness, character or qualifications," insisting he did not collude with Russia to hurt her campaign against his father. Senate investigators interviewed the president's son behind closed doors Thursday.