Things You Need to Know: Gas Prices Up in Maine + 2-Way Traffic May Return to Downtown Waterville
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Last night's thunderstorms and heavy rain caused some flash flooding including Center Street in Auburn. According to WCSH some parts of Maine saw large hail along with storm.
WABI reports fire officials say a fire that broke out at an abandoned house on 202 in Augusta Friday night was deliberately set. The fire at a home in Farmingdale that left 8 homeless was 'improper disposal of smoking materials'.
The Waterville City Council voted to support the idea of making Main and Front streets two-way and changes to intersections downtown. According to Centralmaine.com to continue with this idea and allows Waterville to go after money at the state and federal levels AND private funding to make the change.
From the Associated Press:
Gas prices in northern New England have seen one their largest weekly jumps, after Hurricane Harvey. The latest survey from GasBuddy shows average retail gasoline prices in New Hampshire rose 37.4 cents per gallon in last week, averaging $2.68 on Monday. In Vermont, the average price was $2.71 per gallon, up 35.4 cents from the previous week. The price in Maine went up 32.5 cents in the past week, to 2.71 per gallon.
A Virginia man who faces an attempted murder charge following a shooting at a car wash is being held on $100,000 bail. The Portland Press Herald reports that Abdul Rahman Timbo made his initial appearance in court on Tuesday, two days after the shooting. Police say the two men knew each other, but have not said what led to the shooting
Republican Gov. Paul LePage says he has hired a former energy executive as his new energy chief. Steven McGrath was responsible for oil and propane supply and hedging while at Downeast. LePage's former energy chief Patrick Woodcock left last year. State records show that Woodcock's salary and benefits totaled about $136,000 in 2016.
The U.S. Navy says it has awarded a $4.9 million contract to a Massachusetts-based firm for work at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, a Republican, and Angus King, an Independent, said that the contract will help prepare for further military construction at the shipyard. The U.S. Navy last year announced it was planning nearly $33 million worth of repairs and upgrades.
Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is calling on Congress to act quickly to protect individuals brought to the U.S. as children. Collins tweeted on Tuesday that it's not right to hold children responsible for their parents' actions. President Donald Trump on Tuesday began dismantling the government program protecting from deportation hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.
The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has made its first landfall in the islands of the northeast Caribbean. Residents of Barbuda said over local radio that phone lines went down as the eye of Hurricane Irma passed. Irma was maintaining Category 5 strength with sustained winds near 185 mph and heading toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly Florida.
President Donald Trump now says he will "revisit" a program protecting young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children if Congress doesn't act. Trump announced Tuesday that he was phasing out President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, but said he'd give Congress six months to come up with an alternative before ending it completely.
Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or overstayed their visas could see their lives upended after the Trump administration announced it was ending a program that protected them from deportation. News that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, would be phased out was met with shock and anger by its beneficiaries. Opponents, meanwhile, say they're pleased that DACA was ending, calling it unconstitutional.
Houston is striving to reopen for business more than a week after Harvey dumped more than 4 feet of rain on the city. The storm killed at least 60 people, destroyed thousands of cars and left hundreds of thousands of families with flood-damaged homes. Houston's airports and shipping lanes reopened to limited traffic last week. More workers have followed after a long Labor Day weekend of cleanup and regrouping.
More than a week after Harvey swamped the greater Houston area, the sprawling metropolis is divided into two cities. One is still covered with water and flood debris. The other is largely unblemished by the storm. Some subdivisions remain submerged, and many streets are piled high with ruined belongings. But in the unscathed areas, the only sign of the disaster is a fine layer of silt on the street or a mildew-like odor.