Things You Need to Know: Small Earthquake in Richmond
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A small earthquake happened in the Richmond area last night. According to WMTW it was around 7 p.m. and measured 2.6. There was no damage but people did report feeling it.
With the storm day yesterday some school districts are looking at a possible extension to the school year. WGME reports Maine schools need 175 school days. The wind storm last Halloween caused many schools to use one or more of those days.
Centralmaine.com reports a car accident on Rt. 202 yesterday left one person dead and three injured.
Augusta and Hallowell are still keeping an eye on the Kennebec and its flooding potential. The warm and wet weather last week along with the ice in the river caused flooding in those area and the possibility of more still lingers. (more from centralmaine.com)
From the Associated Press:
HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — The State Fire Marshal's Office in Maine says a man has been charged with arson after setting a mobile home fire that killed two dogs. The office says 30-year-old Bradley Wallace was charged on Wednesday after being treated for burns and cuts at a hospital. Investigators say three other people who were staying at the home escaped the fire without injury. The office says Wallace was renting the mobile home on Great Island. It says the home was destroyed in the fire, and that the dogs that died belonged to Wallace. It's unclear if Wallace has an attorney. He was taken to Cumberland County Jail after his release from the hospital.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Writer Stephen King says he wants to help a bookstore owner in Maine who lost thousands of dollars' worth of rare books, including original King manuscripts, after a flood caused by a broken pipe. King tells the Bangor Daily News he was "horrified" to hear about Gerald Winters' bookstore in Bangor. Winters says about 2,000 books were ruined, including rare first-editions.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers are considering a bill to allow money to change hands when hunters swap moose permits in Maine's tightly regulated moose hunt. The Portland Press Herald reports the Legislature's Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee voted 11-1 Tuesday supporting the bill. Since 2015, Maine's prohibited hunters from offering each other compensation when swapping permits. Previously, some hunters received thousands of dollars for swapped permits. Maine awarded 2,080 moose hunting permits last year.
UNDATED (AP) — Interstate fishing regulators are trying to get a better handle on the population health of a species of small fish that has been harvested on the East Coast for centuries. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says it is starting a stock assessment for American shad that it expects to be completed by summer 2019.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Candidates vying to succeed Maine's term-limited governor are reporting more than $2 million in contributions ahead of the primary season. Candidates faced a Tuesday deadline for filing January reports. The biggest money-getters include Democratic Maine National Guard veteran Adam Cote; Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills; auto body shop chain owner Shawn Moody; and independent Alan Caron. University of Maine professor Mark Brewer said even early numbers can send a message to donors.
BOSTON (AP) — Haitian community leaders say thousands of Haitian immigrants living in the U.S. legally will face employment and travel hurdles because President Donald Trump's administration has delayed the process of re-registering those with temporary protected status. A spokeswoman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says the agency will release details Thursday about the next steps for the 60,000 Haitians with the special status. But immigrants and advocates say the information comes too late.
UNDATED (AP) — President Donald Trump is tiptoeing around the first congressional election of the new year as he heads to Pennsylvania on Thursday to hail the Republican tax cuts he signed last year. Trump will appear with the Republican nominee for a Pittsburgh-area House seat set to be filled in March. But the White House says Trump won't mention Rick Saccone in his remarks. And the event isn't actually in the district being contested.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The grandparents of 13 starved and tortured children say their son's family looked happy and healthy when they last visited California six years ago. Betty and James Turpin of Princeton, West Virginia say they were in shock when they learned of the arrest of their son David Turpin and his wife, Louise Turpin.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis is wrapping up his Chile visit by meeting Thursday with members of Chile's booming immigrant community. Migrants are flocking to the region's strongest and most stable economy but are increasingly the focus of political and social discontent. After an emotional meeting with Chile's Mapuche indigenous in the south Wednesday, Francis is going to the northern city of Iquique, which is home to nearly two dozen migrant slums. He will then go to Peru for the final leg of his trip.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The closed-door questioning of former chief strategist Steve Bannon is focusing attention on White House efforts to control what current and former advisers may tell Congress about possible connections with Russia. President Donald Trump's White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege that keeps pretty much everything off limits until the president says it's not. This is rankling members of Congress, including Republicans.