Things You Need to Know: Maine School Concerns after Florida Shooting
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Topsham police say they're ramping up forces Friday after a threat at Mt. Ararat High School to help reassure parents, students and staff. WGME reports police and school officials investigated, and don't think there is a credible threat of violence.
There have been at least four other school threats in Maine. Newscenter reports this comes in the wake in Florida.
Augusta city councilors OK'ed a two additional bus runs with KVCAP. Centralmaine.com reports it would for residents of senior citizen housing complexes in Augusta, on one weeknight and one weekend day.
From the Associated Press:
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 15-year-old Maine high school student accused of posting a message about "shooting up" his school on Snapchat is facing charges. The Portland Press Herald reports police arrested the South Portland High School student Thursday morning and charged him with terrorizing and carrying a concealed weapon. Police say other students saw the student's threat on Snapchat and contacted authorities.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A round of votes shows Maine lawmakers will need more support to ensure funding for a minimum-security prison that Republican Gov. Paul LePage has pushed to close. The Senate voted 31-3 while the House voted 87-59 on Thursday on a bill to provide $5.5 million in another year of funding for the prison. LePage and House Republicans argue the prison is unnecessary.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A paper company says it plans to restart a machine whose shutdown left 120 workers with a job. The Bangor Daily News reports Verso. Corp. announced Thursday it will upgrade its pulp line and paper machine thanks in part to an eventual $4 million state grant. Demand fell last year for the coated paper produced by the machine.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The state says just a handful of uninsured Mainers benefited last year from a multimillion-dollar plan to combat the opioid crisis by expanding medication-assisted treatment to as many as 400 individuals. Critics say the state has been far too slow to roll out the program at a time when one Mainer a day is dying of a drug overdose. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services says it's now working on nine contracts that could serve up to 144 more uninsured individuals.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A round of votes shows Maine lawmakers will need more support to ensure funding for a minimum-security prison that Republican Gov. Paul LePage has pushed to close. The Senate voted 31-3 while the House voted 87-59 on Thursday on a bill to provide $5.5 million in another year of funding for the prison. Lawmakers need two-thirds majority votes in both chambers to override LePage's likely veto. LePage and House Republicans argue the prison is unnecessary. LePage has transferred about 60 inmates from Downeast Correctional Facility, which lawmaker funded through June. Washington County commissioners have gone to court to block LePage from further dismantling the prison. Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills has contested the governor's authority to shut down a prison and is not representing the LePage administration in the matter.
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A timeline released by Florida authorities shows that the 19-year-old former student who confessed to a deadly high school shooting was only in the building for six minutes. Police say that during that brief time period Wednesday afternoon, he shot more than two dozen people, killing 17 and wounding others.
UNDATED (AP) — Students with their whole lives ahead of them and the teachers who tried to protect them were among the 17 people killed when a gunman opened fire with an AR-15 at a large high school in south Florida. Hundreds of people showed up at a candlelight vigil Thursday night to honor and mourn the victims of Wednesday's deadly rampage.
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Six friends who survived a deadly mass shooting at their south Florida high school say they will rely on their close bonds to help each other move beyond the tragedy. Joey Cordover, Noah Kaufman, John Greenberg, Sam Resnick, Ethan Rocha, and Jonathan Blank were all in class Wednesday afternoon when a gunman opened fire with an AR-15. The friends say they know they have many hard days to come, but will look to each other for solace.
UNDATED (AP) — The massacre at a Florida high school is again raising questions about whether the FBI missed a warning that might have headed off a mass killing. This time, the bureau was unable to track down the person who posted a YouTube comment saying "I'm going to be a professional school shooter." The person posted as "Nikolas Cruz," the same name as the 19-year-old man who authorities say killed 17 people on Wednesday. In several other attacks, the assailants were at one point on the FBI's radar.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Frida Hansdotter held off Mikaela Shiffrin and the rest of a tightly bunched field to win the Olympic slalom title at the Pyeongchang Games. The Swedish skier was second after the first run but she powered through the sun-splashed course on her final run to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 38.63 seconds. Shiffrin was fourth.