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Central Maine News: More Snow on the Way for Maine, New England

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These are some of the stories central Maine is talking about today.

A fire destroyed a home during the height of the blizzard in Whitefield Tuesday afternoon and the cause may never be known. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control and keep it from spreading to the woods or other nearby buildings. They had to battle the elements as well. The wind from the blizzard was driving the smoke and fire right at the firefighters as they were trying to fight it. No one was seriously hurt in the fire. The ten family members of the Rideout family made it out, but the family did loose pets.(WCSH)

A Maine government survey says the average statewide cash price for heating oil dropped 4 cents in the past week. The Governor’s Energy Office says the average price was $2.56 a gallon, according to the Jan. 26 survey. The average kerosene price of $3.12 was also 12 cents lower than two weeks ago. Propane prices dropped 7 cents over the past two weeks to $2.66. Heating oil averaged $3.87 per gallon a year ago at this time, while kerosene was $4.27 and propane was $3.35. The highest prices for heating oil were found in southwestern Maine, where prices reached $2.99. The lowest prices were also found there with a low mark of $2.13. Central Maine had the highest average price for kerosene at $3.17. (AP)

Forecasters are watching two weather systems that may bring significant snow in the new few days as New Englanders are just digging out from Tuesday’s blizzard. It is a much smaller storm, but the 4 to 8 inches of snow along with winds would arrive on top of the two to three feet of snow we already have this week. (AP)

Gov. LePage wants his administration to be allowed to hire private lawyers without the attorney general’s permission. LePage has asked the Maine Supreme Judicial Court if his office must still get Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills’ approval for outside counsel if she refuses to represent his administration. LePage’s administration spent $53,000 on private lawyers to appeal the federal government’s denial of his request to remove 6,000 young adults from the state’s Medicaid rolls. The U.S. District Court sided with the federal government. LePage said he plans to submit a request for review with the U.S. Supreme Court this month. (AP)

Waterville wants to apply to the state Department of Economic and Community Development for Certified Business-Friendly Community status. According to the KJ, if the city gets approved for the program, it would get two “Open for Business” road signs from the state to be placed in the community, recognition on the state DECD website, bonus points for Community Development Block Grant applications and a certificate presented by Gov. LePage. LePage, a former Waterville mayor, introduced the Business Friendly program in 2012. 40 communities had sought certification in the program and 31 had achieved it. (centralmaine.com)

Volunteers are trying to they find every homeless veteran. According to WGME, once they find them, they’ll get their information and send it to the government. Volunteers know there are more homeless people than those in shelters. They have teams out looking in parks, hotels, alley’s, and the woods. They’re doing this to prove there is a homeless problem so they can get help. Last year they found just over 90 people in the State of Maine that were homeless and unaccounted for because they weren’t in a shelter. They believe they will find the same amount of people this year. (WGME)

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