Things You Need to Know Today: Fake Skowhegan Police FB Page Spreading Rumors of Fake Murder
Here are the things you need to know today......
The Skowhegan Police Department says a fake Facebook account is spreading rumors in regards to fake triple homicide in Skowhegan. The fake page has the word "Departament" spelled wrong. According to WCSH the fake page shars a fake story from usabreakingnews.info. The Skowhegan Police Facebook page says this is a hoax. There was no triple homicide in Skowhegan.
A Skowhegan woman and her son injured in a house fire Friday are still in the hospital. According to centrlmaine.com Andrea Curtis is at Maine Medical Center and her 4 year old was taken to Shriners in Boston.
The city of Augusta is moving ahead with its new rules for yard sales. According to centralmaine.com there will be no permit process, but the new rules are aimed at the yard sales that start at a home and go on and on and be enforced when a complaint triggers an investigation.
From the Associated Press:
A forecasting panel predicts that Maine will finish the fiscal year in the black. The Maine Revenue Forecasting Committee this week projected an increase in General Fund revenue of $34.2 million for the current fiscal year. That's 1 percent above what was budgeted.
Maine's independent senator is calling on President Barack Obama to release top-secret information on alleged Russian attempts to interfere with the presidential election. The Portland Press Herald reports U.S. Sen. Angus King is among seven asking Obama to release details on potential Russian involvement in the election. King says a foreign government aimed an arrow "at the heart of democracy."
A transgender student whose battle over the right to use a girls' bathroom led to a landmark court ruling in Maine is being featured in a new HBO documentary. "The Trans List" premieres Monday evening and explores what it means to be a transgender American. Nicole Maines is one of several individuals featured in the documentary. Maines is currently a student at the University of Maine.
A recount of a public referendum that legalized recreational marijuana use in Maine is getting underway in the state's capital city. The recount begins Monday in Augusta. Maine residents voted to legalize marijuana on Nov. 8. State officials say their official election night results show a difference of 4,073 votes between the Yes and No votes.
Maine-made wreaths are about to begin a journey down to Arlington National Cemetery. A project called Wreaths Across America kicks off a convoy from Maine to Virginia this weekend. It will be led by Grand Marshal Candy Martin, the 2016 president of the American Gold Star Mothers. More than 200,000 wreaths made by Maine resident Morrill Worcester will be placed at veterans' cemeteries around the world.
Members of Maine's Board of Pharmacy say they're confused about the legislative intent behind a bill aimed at letting pharmacists sell an opiate overdose reversal drug over the counter. The Portland Press Herald reports board members are seeking more clarification from lawmakers as they begin to draft rules around dispensing naloxone, often known by its brand name Narcan. Lawmakers overrode Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto of the bill earlier this year.
The company constructing the Dakota Access oil pipeline says the Army Corps' decision to not allow the company to extend the pipeline beneath a Missouri River reservoir was politically motivated. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners released a statement accusing President Obama's administration of delaying the matter until he leaves office. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe argues that extending the project beneath Lake Oahe would threaten the tribe's water source and cultural sites.
Michigan must begin recounting some 4.8 presidential ballots Monday at noon. That's the ruling of a federal judge. Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein wants a voter recount in Michigan as well as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Donald Trump narrowly beat Hillary Clinton in those states.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key unexpectedly has resigned on Monday. Key had been widely expected to contest his fourth general election next year. But he said he wanted to leave while he was on top of his game. His departure will affect New Zealand's relationship with the U.S., its free-trade agenda and its role on the world stage.
Business economists are telling Americans to get used to slow economic growth. Economists surveyed by National Association for Business Economics estimate that the median the American economy will grow next year is 2.2 percent. That's up from a forecast of 1.6 percent this year and unchanged from a previous survey in September. The improved number is still lackluster by historical standards.