Things You Need to Know: Jackman Town Manager Fired + Bill to Address Sex Offenders Taking Photos
Here are the things you need to know today......
Jackman Town Manager has been fired over his views on race. According to WGME he received a $30,000 if he agreed to take no legal action.
A bill that would make it a crime for a sex offender to take a photo of a minor without parental consent. According to WMTW this is in response to the Augusta man taking photos of people in public places and posting them online.
The state supreme court ruled Maine cannot deny food stamps to eligible asylum seekers. According to centralmaine.com its in regards to asylum cleared to work but had not found a job.
From the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Centrists in the Senate are celebrating their work to reopen the government after a three-day shutdown and hope to build on their momentum to address a host of issues beyond immigration, including health care and disaster relief. About 20 moderate senators met in the office of Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins and helped broker an agreement to pass a stopgap spending measure keeping the government open until Feb. 8. Now they want to leverage that goodwill to produce bipartisan legislation.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A legislative panel will start considering a bill to reduce the minimum wage hike approved by voters in 2016. Republicans and some business groups have pushed to reverse a law they argue will harm Maine's economy in the long-term. Republican Rep. Joel Stetkis's bill would cut Maine's minimum wage from $10 per hour to $9.5 per hour. The bill also eliminates the cost-of-living adjustment to the minimum wage.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage wants a Poland Spring natural resources manager to sit on the state's board of environmental protection. Activist groups say a multinational bottled water company has no business sitting on a board that helps oversee the state's waters. Poland Spring Natural Resource Manager Mark Dubois did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press Tuesday. A confirmation hearing is set for Wednesday morning in Augusta.
UNDATED (AP) — The latest storm to sweep through New England is bringing a bit of everything: Rain, ice, snow. In some places, freezing rain caused ice to build up on trees and power lines. Central Maine Power reported more than 10,000 outages late Tuesday afternoon.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After questioning Attorney General Jeff Sessions as part of the Russia investigation, prosecutors are moving closer to a possible interview with the president. The interview with Sessions last week makes him the highest administration figure interviewed so far in the probe of contacts between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. A key subject is whether Trump took steps to obstruct that investigation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer had offered $25 billion for President Donald Trump's border wall in a last-ditch effort to head off a government shutdown. But after coming under scalding criticism from his party's liberal base, he has rescinded the offer. The turnaround comes as lawmakers scramble to make a deal to protect more than 700,000 young immigrants from deportation.
BENTON, Ky. (AP) — Witnesses describe students running silently for their lives as a gunman opened fire in a Kentucky high school. Sixteen-year-old Alexandria Caporali says "no one screamed" during the Tuesday morning shooting at Marshall County High School in rural western Kentucky. A 15-year-old male student has been arrested in the shooting, which killed two classmates. A dozen others suffered gunshot wounds, and five were injured in the scramble to get away.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A judge is poised to send Larry Nassar to prison after listening to days of testimony from women and girls who say they were sexually assaulted by the Michigan sports doctor. More than 150 victims have appeared in court in Lansing, Michigan, or had their statements read by others since last week. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina will hear a few more Wednesday before sentencing Nassar. He worked at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California parents accused of torturing their children will appear in court Wednesday as prosecutors ask a judge to bar them from contacting their kids. The court proceeding is the latest step by authorities to sever ties between David and Louise Turpin and their 13 children, who are between 2 and 29 years old. Riverside County prosecutors are seeking a protective order that would prohibit the Turpins from having any contact with the siblings.