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Governor LePage signed another emergency proclamation for drivers. WGME reported LePage says many fuel-delivery drivers are getting close to thier federal limit on driving hours and there still many deliveries to be made. LePage is also reminding drivers who are picking up extra hours to remain safe on the roadways.
Skowhegan Savings Bank in Norridgwock was robbed Tuesday afternoon. Centralmaine.com reports the man got an undisclosed amount of cash and left on foot. No one was injured.
Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins are supporting new legislation to overturn the FCC's vote last month to do way with net neutrality standards and deregulate internet service providers according to the Bangor Daily News.
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Maine state police say they are investigating the discovery of the bodies of a husband and wife who appear to have been shot inside their home. Police say the bodies of 60-year-old Thomas Masse and 59-year-old Michelle Masse were found Tuesday afternoon in the town of Temple, about 40 miles northwest of Augusta. Police received a 911 call from a man at the home who was threatening to shoot himself. They say efforts by a tactical team and negotiators to communicate with the couple were not successful. Members of the tactical team discovered the bodies when they entered the home at about 12:30 p.m. A state police spokesman said no one else was involved, and that there's no threat to the public.
A landlord who was convicted following a fatal fire in Maine is due to file a brief in his appeals case. Gregory Nisbet was convicted of code violations stemming from the November 2014 fire, which killed six people in Portland. He then appealed his conviction to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. A court spokeswoman says Nisbet initially had until Tuesday to file the brief and had not filed it by mid-morning. She says he was given a 10-day extension.
A proposal sponsored by Republican Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins to provide support for the nation's family caregivers is headed to the president's desk. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a strategy to help the more than 40 million family caregivers. Collins introduced the Senate version of the bill with Democratic Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
Maine regulators are delaying action on a long-term power contract for an offshore wind pilot project led by the University of Maine. The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday cited changing energy markets for delaying a contract between Maine Aqua Ventus and Central Maine Power Co., and ordered more public comment to be taken before a final decision is made. The panel contends the nation's energy outlook has changed since 2014 when initial approval was given to a proposed "term sheet."
Lawyers for Maine's top election official are seeking to ensure his court-ordered access to records from President Donald Trump's disbanded voter fraud commission, on which he served. The legal action for Democratic Secretary of State Matt Dunlap came after the documents were denied on the grounds the Republican president had dissolved the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Dunlap wants access to commission records including meeting materials and witness invitations.
A new report by congressional Democrats warns of deepening Russian interference throughout Europe and concludes that President Donald Trump has offered no strategic plan to safeguard democracies from Kremlin meddling. The report is the first from Congress to comprehensively detail Russian efforts to undermine democracies since the 2016 presidential election.
The U.S. Department of Justice says a judge's ruling against the Trump administration involving a program that protects young immigrants does not change the fact that the program is illegal. Justice spokesman Devin O'Malley said in a statement late Tuesday night that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was an unlawful circumvention of Congress by the Obama administration. O'Malley says the Department of Justice will continue the court fight.
Bargainers seeking a bipartisan immigration accord plan talks as soon as Wednesday. President Donald Trump and leading lawmakers want to parlay an extraordinary White House meeting into momentum for resolving a politically blistering issue. They face a Jan. 19 deadline for averting an election-year government shutdown. Negotiators want a formula to revive protections against deportation that Trump has ended for nearly 800,000 immigrants and buttress border security.
South Korea's president says he's willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under certain conditions, after their countries agreed in high-level talks to cooperate in next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea. President Moon Jae-in said he's open to meeting with Kim to resolve the North Korean nuclear standoff. But he says the success of such a summit must be guaranteed before the meeting can be realized.
Of the many American women dismayed by the wave of sexual misconduct scandals, there's a subgroup with distinctive hopes and fears: mothers of boys. They include women who have sought to raise their sons to shun sexist mindsets and be respectful of girls. Yet even some of these moms worry about peer pressure their sons might face. And there's uncertainty as to whether their sons' generation — as adult men — will be less susceptible to perpetrating or condoning sexual misconduct.