Things You Need to Know Today: Governor Asking Lawmakers for Changes on Question 2 & 4
Here are the things you need to know today......
A Winslow couple is going on trial for keeping a dangerous dog. According to WGME police charged them after they say their dogs attacked and killed a dog earlier this year.
Nearly 200,000 Mainers are part of a class action lawsuit against Electricity Maine claiming the company shorted its customers out of $35 million. According to centralmaine.com attorneys say the company deceived thousands of Mainers with the promise of substantial cost savings, then transferred them to long-term rates that more than the standard rate.
Gov. Paul LePage was an opponent of Question 2, which would generate funding for public schools through a tax on higher-income Mainers, and Question 4, which raises the minimum wage. According to the Bangor Daily News he is now asking lawmakers to change both laws that were voter approved.
From the Associated Press:
Maine's annual season for deer hunters who pursue their quarry with muzzleloading firearms is underway. Muzzleloaders are firearms that are loaded from the end of the gun barrel. The state has a special season for hunters who use muzzleloaders to pursue deer, and it began on Monday and runs until Dec. 10.
Police are blaming black ice for a two-car crash in western Maine that claimed a life. Police say 34-year-old Levi Pooler died early Monday at a Portland hospital from injuries suffered in the crash Sunday evening.
Maine state police say 55-year-old Richard Diekema's body was found inside a mobile home when police confronted suspected shooter Norman Strobel in Naples. Police shot and killed Strobel during the confrontation on Sunday after an exchange of gunfire.
A Maine trade delegation that met the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro won't soon forget the meeting in 2005. Former Gov. John Baldacci said Castro wore gym clothes to a last-minute meeting that included a lengthy discussion of artificial insemination in cattle. Baldacci said was like a scene from "Saturday Night Live." Castro died Friday.
The mayor of in Medellin, Colombia says at least three people have been rescued alive following a plane crash. The mayor tells Blu Radio that there may be more survivors, but it's been tough getting to the crash site. The chartered plane had 81 people on board, including the Chapecoense soccer team from Brazil. The plane was on its way to Colombia's international airport in Medellin.
Classes at Ohio State University are scheduled to resume Tuesday, a day after police say a 28-year-old man attacked fellow students, leaving 11 injured, one critically. Police say Somali-born Abdul Razak Ali Artan plowed his car into a group of pedestrians on campus, and then got out and began stabbing people with a butcher knife. A campus police officer shot the attack dead.
Former NFL star Darren Sharper is scheduled to appear in a court in Los Angeles Tuesday to be sentenced on rape charges. The Los Angeles courtroom is where the former Super Bowl champ first admitted drugging and raping women in four states. He was sentenced by a federal judge in New Orleans to 18 years in prison, which he has appealed.
Eight people have died and one person remains on life support more than a week after a rare condition known as thunderstorm asthma struck Australia's second-largest city of Melbourne. A Health Department statement says the latest two victims died in hospitals Monday night and Tuesday morning. The Nov. 21 wild thunderstorm caused rain-sodden ryegrass pollen grains to explode and disperse over the city, with tiny pollen particles penetrating deep into people's lungs.
A rugged section of brush-covered hills where 19 Arizona firefighters were killed in a 2013 wildfire will be dedicated as a new state memorial park on Tuesday. Gov. Doug Ducey will be joined by family members of the fallen firefighters at a private dedication of the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix. The park opens to the public on Wednesday.