Things You Need to Know: LePage Wants Higher Age Threshold to Buy Naloxone
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A couple dozen people protested and four were arrested at CMP in Augusta. Centralmaine.com reports they were there to 'draw attention to CMP’s actions on net metering and solar power.'
From the Associated Press:
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage said people who are not old enough to buy cigarettes shouldn't have access to the overdose antidote naloxone at pharmacies. The Republican governor told New England Cable News that he opposes the 18-year-old age threshold in the rules because Maine has raised the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. LePage said he believed the age for naloxone should also be 21. The naloxone law was passed last year, but the rules have stalled. House Speaker Sara Gideon accused the governor of "playing games with people's lives." LePage has opposed widespread distribution of the naloxone, which is sold under the name Narcan. He contends the life-saving drug is a crutch that keeps people using drugs.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are set to vote on a proposal that could protect nearly 90 percent of the coral habitat in a key commercial fishing area off New England. The New England Fishery Management Council is expected to vote on the proposal Tuesday. The council approved protections in the Gulf of Maine in June. The same council has held off on voting on protections for an area south of Georges Bank until it could get more information about how the protections would impact commercial fisheries.
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — Maine's Special Olympics are underway on the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain. More than 400 athletes representing 58 teams are at Sugarloaf for the 49th annual event. Events included Nordic skiing, alpine skiing, speed skating and snowshoeing.
GREENVILLE, Maine (AP) — The 100-mile Wilderness Sled Dog Race in Maine's Moosehead Lake region is kaput. Officials said Monday that recent warmer weather and rain have created trail conditions that are not safe for mushers and their dogs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has rejected an abortion bill designed in part to put vulnerable Democrats on record during an election year. The measure would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Three Democratic senators up for re-election in conservative states voted to advance the legislation. Two Republicans joined most Democrats in rejecting it. President Donald Trump called on the Senate to reconsider the measure, which he says will "celebrate, cherish and protect life."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich has dismissed the Trump administration's list of Russian politicians and businessmen as simply a "who's who" of Russian politics. The list released by the Trump administration late on Monday includes 114 political figures and 96 people the U.S. Treasury deems to be "oligarchs."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on the House intelligence committee have voted to release a four-page classified memo related to the Russia election meddling probe. The memo purports to show improper use of surveillance by the FBI and the Justice Department in the Russia investigation. It remains unclear exactly when or how the memo will be released. President Donald Trump has five days to object to its release by the committee, though he has pushed for the memo to be made public.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will herald a robust economy and push for bipartisan congressional action on immigration in Tuesday's State of the Union address. The speech marks the ceremonial kickoff of Trump's second year in office and is traditionally a president's biggest platform to speak to the nation. However, Trump has redefined presidential communications with his high-octane Twitter account and there's no guarantee that the carefully crafted speech will resonate beyond his next tweet.
PUERTO CABELLO, Venezuela (AP) — A surge of looting and other hunger-related crimes carried out by Venezuela's poor have replaced last years' political protests by the middle class seeking the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro. Sporadic unrest in communities across the oil-rich country has played out almost daily since Christmas as food shortages increase and tensions rise. Hungry mobs are looting markets, overtaking trucks delivering corn and slaughtering cows with rocks and machetes.
BEIJING (AP) — Muckraking journalist Hu Shuli speaks bullishly about transitioning into a publisher role at Caixin, the newsmagazine she co-founded in 2009, in a rare interview with The Associated Press. Hu said she hoped to do more to help Chinese women gain their rights as the "Me Too" movement goes global. She was more guarded about censorship, declaring Caixin as bold as ever _ even though China watchers say the space for independent journalism has sharply narrowed.