Things You Need to Know: State Attorneys General, including ME, Bash Plan to Hike National Park Fees
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Augusta Police arrested a Windsor man after he allegedly held up the Quick Mart on Western Ave Thanksgiving Day. Centralmaine.com reports he got away with some cash. He has been charged with robbery and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
An Augusta woman faces a federal firearms charge. Centralmaine.com reports is for allegedly buying guns here for her drug dealer in Rochester, New York. Samantha Bailey told the investigator she was paid in heroin for buying the guns.
From the Associated Press:
A group of state attorneys general is urging the National Park Service to scrap its proposed entrance fee hike at 17 popular national parks. The top government lawyers from 10 states and the District of Columbia sent a letter Wednesday saying they don't want national parks to be "places only for the wealthy." The Park Service is accepting public comments on the plan, which would more than double the fee to $70 per vehicle at some of the most-visited parks. They include Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Acadia and Shenandoah.
Maine's season for hunting deer with muzzleloading firearms is about to begin. The state has a special season for hunting deer with muzzleloaders. Muzzleloaders are firearms that are loaded from the gun barrel. They range from antiques to modern varieties, and are very popular with a subset of hunters. It's legal to hunt deer with muzzleloaders all over the state from Nov. 27 to Dec. 2. It's also legal from Dec. 4 to Dec. 9, but that week is more restricted in terms of where it's legal to hunt. Hunters should check with authorities first. The state's archery season for deer is still open in some parts of the state until Dec. 9, as well.
The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority is planning a series of public meetings on expanding Amtrak service north to Rockland. Executive Director Patricia Quinn said forums are going to be held between December and January in Rockland, Newcastle, Wiscasset and Bath. The goal is to begin a pilot program on weekends, starting in May.
Maine's U.S. senators say the federal government is awarding $400,000 to a Lewiston nutrition center to develop local food systems. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say the grant is going to St. Mary's Regional Nutrition Center. It's coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Police in Maine continue to investigate a head-on crash that killed a man over the weekend. The Portland Press Herald reports the crash happened on Route 139 in Fairfield around 2:15 p.m. Saturday. Police say a car driven by 30-year-old Jesse Quiron-Demo, of Norridgewock, crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a tractor-trailer driven by 31-year-old Kyle Knox, of Winterport. Authorities say Quiron-Demo died at the scene. Knox was not injured. Police continue to investigate.
Authorities in Maine say at least one person has been hurt in a hunting-related shooting in Oxford. WMTW-TV reports a man in his thirties suffered serious injuries to both of his arms around 2 p.m. Saturday. The Maine Warden Service says the shooter was a 21-year-old man who belonged to the same hunting party as the victim.
Officials in Maine say a woman's oxygen mask caught fire while she was attempting to light a cigarette. WLBZ-TV reports Waterville Fire and Rescue responded to the incident on Thanksgiving at about 2 p.m. The fire department says a man who was also in the home burned his hand while trying to put the fire out.
Alabama Democrat Doug Jones shrugged off criticism from President Donald Trump, and said he believes voters are focused on the issues in the race for U.S. Senate. Jones told reporters Sunday that his record speaks for itself and said health care, the economy and education are the top concerns in Alabama. Trump came to the aid of Jones' opponent, Republican Roy Moore, by tweeting earlier in the day that it would be a "disaster" to have a Democrat win. Jones said he would be an independent vote.
The Consumer Financial Protection Agency has become the center of a legal storm that will test the limits of President Donald Trump's authority. Trump's pick for interim head of the agency is being challenged in federal court. The official elevated to the position of interim director by outgoing bureau director Richard Cordray has filed suit against Trump and his pick, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney. In her suit, Leandra English says the law creating the CFPB puts her in charge.
Pope Francis has arrived in Yangon for a visit to encourage tiny Catholic communities in Myanmar and Bangladesh. He was greeted by local Catholic officials at the airport. His visit to Myanmar will include meetings with civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar's powerful military chief. He will visit Bangladesh later in the week.
The FBI failed to notify scores of U.S. officials of evidence that Russian hackers were trying to break into their personal Gmail accounts. The bureau was in possession of this evidence for at least a year. But The Associated Press finds that even senior policymakers didn't discover they were targets until the AP told them about the results of a two-month investigation.
Security officials and residents of an Egyptian village where militants killed 305 people in a mosque say elders had been warned by Islamic State operatives in recent months to stop collaborating with security forces and to suspend rituals associated with Sufism, Islam's mystical movement. The latest warning came as recently as a week ago in the village in the Sinai Peninsula.