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Things You Need to Know: Gov LePage Wants to Do Away with the Maine Turnpike Authority

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Here are the things you need to  know today……

Zone forecast from Maine.gov

Fire danger is high across the majority of Maine. According to WGME the Maine Fire Wardens say with these conditions fires can start easily, and unattended camp fires can easily escape and spread.

Gov LePage wants to do away with the Maine Turnpike Authority. According to WMTW he has submitted a bill to give them ten years make it happen. This would do away with all toll booths except York.

Traffic was closed down yesterday around the capital complex for the 26th annual Maine Law Enforcement Service. Centralmaine.com reports ceremony at the monument on State Street for all Maine law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

From the Associated Press:

A death with dignity bill is advancing through the Maine Legislature but will face a likely veto from the Republican governor. Gov. Paul LePage has said he’ll veto the legislation which would allow doctors to prescribe medication that a patient may self-administer to hasten death.

Police say they have arrested a suspect in a Maine restaurant burglary who was hit by a car. The Morning Sentinel reports 47-year-old Timothy Bellavance, of Gardiner, is facing a felony burglary charge in Waterville. Police say Bellavance walked in front of the car and was hit.

Temperature records have been shattered in parts of northern New England in the second day of summer-like weather. The National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, records at all four of its climate sites in Maine and New Hampshire were tied or broken as early as noon. In Concord, New Hampshire, it hit 95 degrees by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, breaking the previous record of 90 in 1906 and 1889 for May 18. In Maine, it hit 93 degrees in Portland and Augusta.

Maine Republicans and Democrats are rallying behind a bill they say would create one of the nation’s toughest set of mining regulations. Supporters say Maine’s mining laws and regulations don’t match, and warn that inscrutable mining companies could exploit the situation to the detriment of the state’s environment and tourism industry.

President Donald Trump says he is “very close” to naming a new FBI director to replace the one he fired more than a week ago. Trump was asked Thursday how close he is to making an announcement, and responded, “soon.” The president also says former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman is among the top contenders for the job.

President Donald Trump is about to embark on his maiden foreign trip to the Middle East and Europe. As he tries to calm allies worried about his “America First” message, he’ll also be followed by fallout from his firing of FBI Director James Comey and the appointment of a special counsel to probe the president’s campaign ties with Russia. Trump’s five-stop itinerary begins Saturday in Saudi Arabia.

President Donald Trump is pushing back against an allegation that he intervened with then-FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation into ties between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia. Speaking Thursday at a joint news conference with Colombian President Joan Manuel Santos, Trump replied bluntly, “no, no” to that question. Trump also denied he had shared U.S. government secrets with Russia’s foreign minister and Moscow’s U.S. ambassador.

Saudi women live all their lives under the responsibility of a male guardian with sweeping powers _ their father, husband or son, whose permission is needed for the women to travel, marry or sometimes even rent an apartment, get surgery or open a bank account. The Associated Press spoke with three generations of Saudi women from the same family about how male guardianship rules have impacted their lives.

Iranians are voting in the first presidential election since the country’s nuclear deal with world powers with incumbent Hassan Rouhani facing a staunch challenge from a hard-line opponent over his outreach to the West. The election is largely viewed as a referendum on the cleric’s more moderate policies, which paved the way for the nuclear accord despite opposition from hard-liners. Economic issues also will be on voters’ minds.

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