Things You Need to Know Today: Blue Angels in Brunswick Thursday
Here are the things you need to know today......
Two of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels Hornets will land in Brunswick tomorrow. According to WGME the two pilots are due to do a flyover of the Brunswick Executive Airport around 3pm and then meet with officials about the 2017 Great State of Maine Air Show scheduled for August 26-27, 2017.
The American Society of Civil Engineers has given Maine an overall grade of C- for its roads, bridges and other infrastructure. According to WCSH that is higher than the national average of D plus. The state also received a C minus grade in 2012.
From the Associated Press:
The two dogs in Winslow who attacked and killed a third dog will be put down by order of a judge. The owner of the dogs owner had asked for the dog to have another chance. She was found guilty of keeping a dangerous dog and fined $500.
The federal government is providing half a million dollars to support a plan for redevelopment in eastern Maine and assist businesses affected by manufacturing plant closures. The U.S. Economic Development Administration is giving the grant to Eastern Maine Development Corporation.
The season is about to begin for hearty souls who dive for scallops off Maine's coast. The diver season begins Thursday. The season for scallop fishermen who harvest their quarry using dragger boats gets underway on Monday. Most of the state's scallop catch is harvested by draggers, but dozens of divers also plunge into frigid waters to find the shellfish.
Maine utility regulators are expanding their investigation of FairPoint Communications for failing to meet minimum service standards for landline customers. The Maine Public Utilities Commission has been considering a $500,000 fine against Charlotte, North Carolina-based FairPoint for failing to meet benchmarks in 2014 and 2015. FairPoint provides telephone service in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and contends cyberattacks, weather and a strike contributed to service problems.
Gov. Paul LePage says he will propose slashing the income tax rate to lessen the impact of a new three-percent income surtax that Mainers approved this month. The governor said Maine voters didn't understand the specifics of ballot questions they approved to raise the minimum wage and provide direct funding for schools through a new surtax on individual Maine taxable income above $200,000.
Mitt Romney is now praising Donald Trump, saying he has "increasing hope" that the president-elect can lead the country to a "better future." Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, dined with Trump in Manhattan Tuesday night. It was their second meeting as Trump weighs whom to appoint as Secretary of State. During the campaign, Romney was sharply critical of Trump, calling him a "phony."
Air conditioning company Carrier Corp., which had announced plans to close its Indianapolis plant and move its manufacturing to Mexico, now says it will keep nearly 1,000 jobs in Indiana. Carrier says it's reached an agreement with President-elect Donald Trump, who promised a "great deal for workers!" Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the former Indiana governor, will visit Indiana on Thursday to unveil the agreement.
Hillary Clinton has made a surprise appearance at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City. Clinton introduced singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry Tuesday night at the annual event in Manhattan. Perry was a staunch and outspoken supporter of Clinton during the presidential race and campaigned for her across the country.
Colombian aviation officials say the black boxes have been recovered from a chartered jetliner that crashed in the Andes, killing all but six of the 77 people aboard. Colombia's worst air crash in two decades snuffed out a storybook run by a Brazilian soccer team, whose members were aboard the plane. South America's soccer federation has canceled all scheduled matches in a show of solidarity.
The U.S. government wants more people to complain about auto safety problems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing a rule requiring automakers put labels on sun visors of all new vehicles with instructions on how to file safety complaints. The labels would be glued to passenger visors and tell people that complaints could bring an investigation or a possible recall.