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Things You Need to Know: Messalonskee’s Wheelchair Accessible Fishin’ Hole

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Zone forecast from Maine.gov

A couple that left a dog behind when they moved out of a house in Madrid is being charged with animal cruelty. According to WGME the dog was alive when it was found but had to be put down.

Two people were seriously injured after a driver hit a pedestrian on Rt 201 in Skowhegan then swerved into another vehicle. According to WABI the pedestrian and the other driver had to be taken by Lifeflight to the hospital.

Messalonskee Lake has a wheelchair accessible platform in Oakland. According to WABI it is near Snow Pond Dam. There  is a plan to pave the parking area so it is more user friendly for wheelchairs.

After questions in regards to the Lewiston schools dress code, the board voted to keep it.  The Sun Journal reported the gender neutral policy was created by a former student as a research project. A survey of  students, faculty and parents  found about 68% wanted to keep the policy as-is.

From the Associated Press:

A 10-year-old Mainer is doing his part to help people impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma _ raising money for the American Red Cross through his lemonade stand. Dillon Whitney ran a lemonade stand over the weekend at the Clinton Lions Agricultural Fair. The Morning Sentinel reports Dillon donated all of his proceeds to the Red Cross in Bangor Monday afternoon.

Maine lawmakers want to double the recreational marijuana sales tax to 20 percent. The Legislature’s marijuana legalization committee will consider the issue at a Sept. 26 public hearing. Lawmakers say they’ll likely postpone legalization of recreational marijuana sales past February. The committee had supported adding a 10 percent excise tax on business owners who sell marijuana on top of the 10 percent sales tax. A draft marijuana bill released Tuesday calls for a 20 percent sales tax. Committee co-chair Democratic Rep. Teresa Pierce said the tweak was due to the committee’s lack of taxing expertise. She said an excise tax could allow more predictability. Legalize Maine President Paul McCarrier said tax hikes will empower the black market. He said Maine would get the most tax revenue from a sales tax.

The Maine supreme court is wading into the issue of medical marijuana and workers’ compensation. The court is hearing arguments Wednesday over whether a paper mill must pay for medical marijuana. It’s the first time the court has considered the question of insurance reimbursement for medical marijuana.

The Maine Department of Education is making $10 million in grants available over the next two years to assist in regional education projects. The state says the money is available through the Fund for Efficient Delivery of Educational Services. The fund provides money to help pay for the cost of local and regional initiatives designed to improve educational opportunities.

Maine officials are concerned an annual day of celebration for the University of Maine has become an issue. Orono Police Chief Josh Ewing says Maine Day has become a day where students drink all day and become a nuisance for police and residents. WABI-TV reports that Maine Day is an unofficial holiday for students to mark the end of the year.

The Maine Warden Service is seeking volunteers to search this weekend for a 71-year-old woman who went missing last fall. Wardens say they’re looking for 100 people to help in search on Sunday for Diana Estey of Medford. The original search was suspended in November.

A new lawsuit accuses Poland Spring Water of deceiving customers by putting “100 percent natural spring water” on product labels. The federal class-action lawsuit in Maine targets corporate parent Nestle Waters North America, which is accused of bottling water from wells and municipal sources that don’t meet the federal definition of spring water. A similar lawsuit was filed last month in Connecticut.

France’s president is promising to rebuild stronger Caribbean territories after Hurricane Irma destroyed much of St. Martin and St. Barts. In a visit to the affected islands, French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged anger over the government’s response to the disaster. He brought in much-needed food, water and medical supplies Tuesday.

A Delaware couple got more than they bargained for after traveling to St. Martin to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Rose Marie Murray says that just hours after enjoying a gourmet French meal last Tuesday, she and her husband were huddled in a tiny bathroom of their apartment while Hurricane Irma unleashed its fury. The couple comforted each for several hours as the storm ripped off the apartment’s roof, flooded their bathroom refuge and slung furniture into piles of wreckage.

The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees. The justices on Tuesday agreed to an administration request to block a lower court ruling that would have eased the refugee ban and allowed up to 24,000 refugees to enter the country before the end of the October.

Myanmar’s government says it has formed a committee to address the security and livelihoods of its ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority. The president’s office says the 15-member committee will work on implementing recommendations from a report last month by a commission led by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Syria’s civil war has been one of the modern world’s most heavily filmed conflicts, and it all played out on YouTube: Hundreds of thousands of uploaded amateur videos document every heartbeat of the war, from cities under bombardment to intimate scenes of a father cradling his dead children. Syrian activists fear all that history could be erased as YouTube implements new policies to remove material considered graphic or objectionable.

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