Things You Need to Know Today: Heating Oil Prices DOWN + Lauren LePage Hired By Trump Campaign
Here are the things you need to know today......
The trooper who fired his gun after a man took police on a high speed chase, fired at them and ended up killing himself was clearled of charges. Centrlamaine.com reports an investigation is standard any time a trooper fires their gun.
Three people were taken to the hospital after a woman used to much bug stray in an apartment building in Waterville. According to centralmaine.com the spray could cause skin irritation and breathing problems. She was reportedly spraying because she was afraid of germs.
Heating prices are falling slightly in Maine as residents prepare for the upcoming heating season. The governor’s energy office says the average price for heating oil slipped 2 cents from a month ago to $1.87 per gallon. Kerosene and propane prices are down too.
From the Associated Press:
A USM professor is using beer to keep students engaged in chemistry. She runs the school's new Quality Assurance/Quality Control and Research Laboratory. The lab has partnered with the Maine Brewers Guild to provide testing and training for breweries and brew masters.
The Governors daughter, Lauren LePage has been hired by the Trump campaign in Maine. Lauren LePage is a third-year law student at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland.
Gov. Paul LePage is standing by comments he made about black and Hispanic drug dealers in the state, saying his statement wasn't racist and neither is he. The governor said at a Wednesday town hall meeting in North Berwick he keeps a binder of photographs of arrested heroin dealers in the state and more than 90 percent of them are black or Hispanic.
There've been more than 500 aftershocks following Wednesday's powerful and deadly earthquake in central Italy. The U.S. Geological Survey says one aftershock, with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7, struck Friday morning near the hard-hit town of Amatrice (ah-mah-TREE'-cheh), where rescue workers are still looking for victims from Wednesday. The death toll throughout central Italy stands at 250.
Donald Trump is accusing rival Hillary Clinton of painting "decent Americans as racists," a day after he called Clinton a "bigot." On Thursday, Clinton accused Trump of unleashing the "radical fringe" within the Republican Party, including anti-Semites and white supremacists, and she said Trump's campaign is one that will "make America hate again."
Turkey's state-run news agency says at least eight police officers have been killed in a car-bomb attack at a checkpoint in southeast Turkey. The Anadolu Agency says 45 people were wounded in Friday's attack in a town in Sirnak province. The explosion hit a checkpoint some 50 yards from a police station.
Forest fires are blanketing a swath of Southeast Asia in a smoky haze, prompting authorities to declare states of emergency in six Indonesian provinces. Singapore's air quality deteriorated to unhealthy levels Friday as winds blew smoke from fires on Sumatra across the city-state and into southern Malaysia. The haze is an annual problem for Southeast Asia, but last year's fires were the worst since 1997.
President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world's largest marine protected area. The White House says Obama's proclamation on Friday will quadruple in size a monument created by President George W. Bush in 2006. The marine national monument will contain 582,578 square miles, more than twice the size of Texas.