Things You Need to Know Today: Place for Homeless Female Vets Facing Permitting Problems
Here are the things you need to know today......
The Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope for homeless female veterans has been denied a building application by the city of Augusta. According to the KJ, the city says the house is in an area that is not zoned for what they called a ‘rooming house’. The owner was told originally she would ‘grandfathered’ and not need additional permits.
From the Associated Press, the family of a 17-year-old Cassidy Charette, of Oakland who was killed in a Halloween-themed hayride accident is suing the owner of the farm where the crash occurred. Her parents aren't seeking a specific dollar amount in the suit, which was filed Wednesday. The Sun Journal reports the suit also names the driver of the Jeep involved in the crash and the mechanic who worked on the vehicle. (Additional info from Kennebec Journal)
Gov. Paul LePage's former top lawyer gave advice that caused him to miss his opportunity to veto 65 bills. Documents released by LePage's office following a Freedom of Access Act request by The Associated Press reveal he'd been preparing to veto a slew of bills by their July 2015 deadlines until staffers changed course after an email from his then-chief legal counsel, who's now a state judge.
Police in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota say a man has died after being shot in his car Wednesday night by police. In what's believed to have been a Facebook livestream of the incident, the man's girlfriend says the officer in Falcon Heights asked for her boyfriend's license and registration. She says after her boyfriend told the officer he had a pistol he was licensed to carry and put his hands up, the officer said, "Don't move," and shot him in the arm several times. A child was also in the car.
The U.S. Justice Department has launched a civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that was captured on video. Police say a gun was taken from 37-year-old Alton Sterling after he was killed early Tuesday in the parking lot of a convenience store where he sold homemade music CDs.
House Republicans say they want answers from FBI Director James Comey, after Comey recommended that charges not be brought against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified emails. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says she met with Comey and prosecutors Wednesday and agreed that the investigation should be formally closed.