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Things You Need to Know: Skowhegan Traffic Concerns + Gas Prices May have Peaked

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Here are the things you need to  know today……

Zone forecast from Maine.gov

Latest from Hurricane Irma from Weather.com

There is a public hearing tonight in Skowhegan about traffic on Cowette and Gem streets. According to Centralmaine.com its part of the regular selectman’s meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the municipal office.

A man charged with murdering his father in Gardiner in 2014 has pleaded guilty. According to centralmaine.com Leroy Smith III  is not being held criminally responsible.  He is being sent to Riverview.

From the Associated Press:

Gas prices in northern New England have gone up a bit more in the last week, but may have peaked as refineries return to production following Hurricane Harvey. The latest survey from GasBuddy shows average retail gasoline prices in Maine, the average price also was $2.73 per gallon, up 1.6 cents from the previous week.The national average has increased 1.8 cents in the last week to $2.65 per gallon. That’s 30.4 cents higher than a month ago and 48.1 cents higher than a year ago.

A recent college graduate accused of killing his mother, grandparents and a caregiver at a Massachusetts home is being described as a good friend and talented jazz musician who showed no signs that he was troubled. Rockport, Maine, resident and Oberlin College graduate Orion Krause was ordered Monday to be sent to Bridgewater State Hospital pending a competency hearing. A longtime friend of Krause’s said he was a great student and phenomenal musician who was well-liked by everyone.

A judge has sentenced a teenager to 40 years in prison for his role in a brutal killing in Houlton. Samuel Geary was 16 at the time of the killing of Keith Suitter in 2015 but was charged as an adult and pleaded guilty. Another defendant, Reginald Dobbins, was convicted in June and will be sentenced later.

An 81-year-old Florida man convicted of strangling his former neighbor to death in northern Maine is due to be sentenced. Robert Craig of Clearwater, Florida, was convicted in July in the death of death of 86-year-old Leo Corriveau in his Presque Isle mobile home. His sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday in Caribou, Maine.

The U.S. Department of Commerce says it is giving a Concord, New Hampshire, firm more than $500,000 to try to build the economy of the northern forest region of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. The commerce department says the grant is going to Northern Forest Center Inc., which it says will bring technical assistance to wood products companies and related firms in the states.

Florida residents have begun to dig out in hurricane-scarred Florida, and officials are slowly piecing together the scope of Irma’s vicious path of destruction across the peninsula. Gov. Rick Scott called the storm “devastating” after emerging from a Monday fly-over of the Keys. A Navy aircraft carrier was due to anchor off Key West to help in search-and-rescue efforts.

The historic but often decrepit buildings of Havana and other colonial Cuban cities couldn’t stand up to Hurricane Irma’s winds and rainfall. Many collapsed, killing at least seven people in one of the highest death tolls from the storm’s passage through the Caribbean.

South Korea and Japan welcomed the U.N. Security Council’s new sanctions on North Korea in response to its latest nuclear test. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he highly appreciates what he called “a remarkably tough sanctions resolution.” A spokesman for the South Korean president said he thinks it’s significant that China and Russia agreed on the need for stronger sanctions.

Mexico’s top diplomat is continuing a two-day swing through California with a visit to Los Angeles after huddling in the state capital on immigrate, trade and climate. Mexico Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray will meet with community and business leaders Tuesday and express support for young immigrants amid uncertainty over a program that protects them from deportation. His visit underscores the strong relationship between Mexico and California, particularly on immigration.

The sick and poor in Appalachia are flocking to free health clinics. The reason: They have been essentially left out of the health care debate in Washington. At a recent clinic in southwestern Virginia, hundreds came for help with their throbbing teeth, failing eyes and wheezing lungs. Even with the passage of “Obamacare” in 2010, many of them have no insurance. They can’t afford to buy coverage, and they are ineligible for Medicaid.

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