Things You Need to Know: LePage Vetoed Deposits on Nips
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Gov. LePage vetoed the bill to require a deposit on nips. According to WGME the bill put the 5-cent deposit on the tiny bottles. Lawmakers approved it saying it would reduce litter across the state. LePage felt it would be too costly.
Centralmaine.com reports Gov LePage vetoed a bill for “affirmative defense” against prosecution to a person caught with illegal drugs after getting help for an overdose victim. He also vetoed a bill in regards to Maine's mining regulations and bill to force him to sell bonds for senior housing projects.
The Winthrop Town Manger is stepping down. Cenralmaine.com reports Peter Nielsen said the $166,000 mistake happened on the municipal side and that made it his responsibly.
From the Associated Press:
Police say they are still investigating a crash in Dresden, Maine, that killed a 75-year-old Connecticut woman. Police say Carolyn Blouin of Rockville, Connecticut, died at the scene of the Friday crash. They say the crash involved Blouin's vehicle and a car driven by 24-year-old Patrick Shorey of Augusta. Investigators say they are still trying to determine why Shorey's vehicle entered the northbound travel lane and struck Blouin's vehicle.
Maine's Republican governor wants the state to take over a northern Maine dam at the center of a spat among cottage owners, a paper mill and the federal government. Washington County's delegation, Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and LePage had appealed to Republican President Donald Trump and Congress to remove regulations on the dam.
A University of Maine marine scientist says the number of young lobsters is declining in the Gulf of Maine despite years of record-breaking harvests. Rick Wahle quantifies the population of baby lobsters at sites in New England and Canada every year. His American Lobster Settlement Index shows monitoring sites from New Brunswick to Cape Cod had some of the lowest levels since the late 1990s or early 2000s.
Maine's largest city is considering an ordinance to outlaw wild and exotic animal performances. WMTW-TV says the Portland City Council is expected to vote Monday on an order for its Health & Human Services Committee to review the issue and present an ordinance. The move comes in the wake of the end of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus's 146 year run.
The Westbrook City Council will determine if the city will adopt the workfare program. Workfare enables people to obtain assistance with rent and other benefits as they work. Mayor Mike Sanphy hopes people receive a helping hand but that they also can provide for themselves.
A three-year-old incident report of a conflict that a co-worker had with the suspect in the fatal workplace shooting in Orlando shows that the co-worker gave two versions of what happened. The report was made public Monday, hours after John Robert Neumann Jr. fatally shot five former colleagues and then himself at a manufacturer of awnings in Orlando, Florida.
Critics of President Donald Trump are criticizing him for a series of Monday morning tweets that included references to the stalled travel ban. They say he may have undercut the government's defense of the measure when he bashed the Justice Department for asking the Supreme Court to review a "watered-down" version of the ban. The executive order was aimed at temporarily halting entry to the U.S. from a half-dozen Muslim majority countries.
Russian hackers attacked at least one U.S. voting software supplier days before last year's presidential election. That's according to a newly released government intelligence report. It suggests the hacking involved greater influence than previously known in the American voting systems last year. The classified National Security Agency report was published online Monday by The Intercept. It doesn't say whether the hacking had any effect on election results.
Qatar's foreign minister says Kuwait is trying to mediate a diplomatic crisis in which Arab countries have cut diplomatic ties and moved to isolate his energy-rich, travel-hub nation from the outside world. Airlines suspended flights and residents cleaned out store shelves. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates said Monday they would cut diplomatic ties.
Australia's prime minister says a woman who worked as a nanny is one of two Australians for whom the government has "real concerns" after the van and knife attacks in London. Sara Zelenka has not contacted her family since she was seen fleeing from knife-wielding assailants on London Bridge on Saturday night. Seven people were killed in the attacks and dozens were wounded.
Grim records mark the 10th anniversary of Hamas rule in Gaza, including the longest-ever daily electricity cuts, 60 percent youth unemployment and tens of thousands dreaming of leaving the blockaded territory. Unable to offer a remedy, the Islamic militant group has been doubling down on oppression, jailing the few who dare complain publicly. For many of Gaza's 2 million people, life is bound to get worse.