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Central Maine News: No Thanksgiving Day Shopping: Maine Remains 1 of 3 States across the Country That Continue to Enforce Blue Laws

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

Meteorologists say inland southern Maine will likely see the heaviest of the snow that is expected to blanket Maine on the biggest travel day of the year. The National Weather Service in Gray says 5 to 10 inches will fall across the state. Snow is expected to spread quickly starting in the mid-morning, moving from south to north. Meteorologists say snow will then begin accumulating farther north sometime after noon. The far northern part of the state is expected to have less snow than the south. Portland could see eight inches. The heavy snow is expected to make Thanksgiving traveling difficult and will likely cause delays at regional and national airports. Meteorologists say snow may not stop falling until sometime after midnight Thursday. (AP)

A Farmington man has been charged after allegedly throwing a table at a passing car and then punching the teenage driver because he was upset by the sound of the vehicle’s exhaust. 57-year-old Charles Hubbard is charged with assault, terrorizing and criminal mischief. Police say a 16-year-old Chesterville boy was driving on Sunday afternoon when a man threw a table into the road at his car. The vehicle suffered some damage. The teenager stopped and got out of his car. Hubbard then allegedly punched the teen’s face and threatened him. The teen drove away and reported the encounter to police. Officers say Hubbard told them he threw the table because he was upset by the sound of the exhaust on the teenager’s vehicle. (AP)

A Maine government survey says the average statewide cash price for heating oil dropped 3 cents in the past week. The Governor’s Energy Office says the average price according to the Nov. 24 survey was $3.03. The average kerosene price of $3.62 was the same as the previous week. Propane prices declined one cent to $2.82. Heating oil averaged $3.56 per gallon a year ago at this time, while kerosene dropped 34 cents in that time and propane rose 5 cents. The highest price for heating oil was again found in central Maine, where prices reached $3.40. The lowest prices were in southwestern Maine, where the low mark was $2.66. (AP)

Despite some advertising for stores opening on Thanksgiving for Black Friday shopping, Maine is not the state to do it. According to WMTW Maine is one of three across the country that continue to enforce Blue Laws. That is why many major Maine retailors open just after midnight on Friday. One big exception is LL Bean. Because of the way the law was written, it is allowed to be open on Thanksgiving. In fact, the Freeport store is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. (WMTW)
Police say 44 people were arrested in a second night of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after it was announced that a city police officer would not be indicted in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Monday night brought looting and fires to vehicles and commercial buildings. But there were three times as many National Guard troops out last night. (AP)

The attorneys for the family of a Cleveland boy are asking police to release the complete surveillance video of a confrontation between the boy and an officer. The 12 was shot dead by police at a playground Saturday, after police received got a 911 call about a gun at a playground. The gun ended up being fake. Several hundred people protested the shooting on Tuesday. (AP)

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