Things You Need to Know Today: More Rain Needed to Reduce Maine’s Drought Conditions
Here are the things you need to know today......
The rains over the last few weeks have helped the surface drought conditions, but it will take more than this to increase the ground water levels. According to the centralmaine.com it takes more than a few rain storms to reverse drought conditions.
A Sidney woman has resigned from her ed-tech job at Camden Rockport elementary. According to the Bangor Daily News, she accidently brought a gun into the school in her lunch bag and it fell out in the teachers' lounge. She had it on her earlier that day when she had gone for a walk.
A 13 year old was walking to school and in a cross walk in Lewiston yesterday when he was hit and killed by a car. According to WGME police are still investigating all factors including speed and the weather.
From the Associated Press:
A national window manufacturer has purchased a nearly 50-year-old window company based in a Maine town. The Portland Press Herald reports Iowa-based Pella Corp. announced Wednesday it has acquired Duratherm Windows Corp. in Vassalboro. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Nine Maine agricultural firms will receive more than $1 million from the federal government to help develop new products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing the grants to help agricultural producers who want to build new product lines. One of the largest grants is a $250,000 award to Ricker Hill Orchards, a popular Turner apple producer.
Officials at the University of Southern Maine are investigating graffiti found in student senate offices that appears to express anti-Muslim sentiment. The Latin phrase "Deus Vult," which means "God Wills It," was found on a desk and a wall. USM student body vice president Matt Raymond believes it is a reaction to Muslim students asking for applications to Student Government to become senators.
Correspondence obtained by The Associated Press contradicts a key element of the LePage administration's argument over an auditor's finding that Maine improperly transferred federal funds meant for needy kids to the elderly. The governor's office says Maine returned the funds in July because the feds weren't clarifying the issue. But it wasn't until later that the Department of Health and Human Services sent a letter seeking to clarify "ambiguous" rules.
An inmate in a Maine prison is suing a health care provider for refusing to assess her as a transgender woman. Thirty-five-year-old Scott Gagnon is suing Correct Care Solutions, citing years of fighting with the company's employees to acknowledge her as transgender. Gagnon also goes by the name Missy.
The party begins Friday morning. Throngs of Chicago Cubs fans are expected to turn out for a parade honoring the World Series champions. The team leaves Wrigley Field at 10 am and the parade is scheduled to start a hour later, traveling along Michigan Avenue and then along Columbus Drive. Officials expect the Cubs motorcade to arrive in Grant Park around noon for a rally.
A federal judge in Las Vegas says he hasn't seen evidence that Donald Trump's campaign is training people to intimidate voters. Democrats are alleging intimidation around the country, and arguments are being heard in federal courts in several states. Republicans also fought back against charges of wrongdoing in Arizona on Thursday, and arguments will be heard Friday in Ohio.
Tesla Motors says it's unlikely that its semi-autonomous Autopilot system was engaged when a Model S crashed in Indianapolis Thursday, killing the driver and a passenger. Tesla says the car sustained so much damage that it didn't transmit data to the company's servers. That data would have shown if the driver had the car in Autopilot mode. Witnesses say the car was traveling at a high rate of speed early Thursday when it hit a tree, crashed into a building and caught fire.
Paris police and city officials are clearing out hundreds of migrants camped out on sidewalks in the northern part of the city. Migrants are boarding buses to temporary shelters for processing in an operation that began before dawn Friday. Aid groups say between 2,000 and 3,000 migrants have camped out in the area in recent weeks.
One person is in custody in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, after a Wal-Mart employee was shot multiple times inside the store. The shooting happened Thursday night, and police say the person shot was taken to a hospital. Everyone inside the store was evacuated and the suspected shooter was arrested in the store parking lot. Hermitage is about 70 miles north of Pittsburgh.