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Things You Need to Know: KKK Flyers Showing Up in Maine Again

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Zone forecast from Maine.gov

KKK fliers are showing up in Maine again. According to centralmaine.com they showed up in areas of Boothbay Harbor. These flier target the transgender community.

Firehouse Subs’ Public Safety Foundation a new first response Sea-Doo to Waterville Fire Department. According to WABI they will use the search and rescue vehicle the Kennebec and Messalonskee.

Part of Route 201 in Skowhegan was blocked yesterday after suspicious-looking box  was reported to officials. According to centralmaine.com it all started after the discovery of the box at the AtWork offices and a cryptic voicemail from a former employee.

The Borque-Lanigan American Legion Post 5 in Waterville is moving. According to WABI they are selling the College Avenue building to the Children’s Discovery Museum. The new facility will be on Drummond Avenue.

The Gardiner fire that damaged an apartment building started from an overheated power strip. According to centralmaine.com 8 people are now without htier home and a family cat died in the blaze.

From the Associated Press:

L.L. Bean is hoping to give the boot to backlogs of its most iconic product. The Maine-based retailer plans to expand production to keep up with demand for its leather-and-rubber boot with a new manufacturing center being unveiled Thursday. The company hopes to make 750,000 pairs of boots this year, and to hit the 1 million mark in 2018.

A leading Democrat wants answers after a federal audit revealed the state didn’t investigate untimely and unexplained deaths in group homes for the developmentally disabled. Democratic Rep. Patty Hymanson says committee members should know whether the report could jeopardize federal funding.

Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush are responding to racially charged protests, saying “America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and hatred in all forms.” Their statement on Wednesday quoted from the Declaration of Independence, written by Virginian Thomas Jefferson. It says all “are created equal.”

An affidavit indicates a woman found dead in Washington County was shot in the head and was in a relationship with one of the people charged with killing her. WABI-TV reports that the documents were revealed when 19-year-old Quaneysha Greeley made a court appearance Wednesday in Machias. Greeley and 37-year-old Carine Reeves are charged in the death of 55-year-old Sally Shaw, whose body was found July 19 alongside a road in Cherryfield.

President Donald Trump has abruptly disbanded two of his White House business councils in the latest fallout from his combative comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The decision comes as the White House tries to manage the repercussions from Trump’s defiant remarks a day earlier, in which he blamed the violence at a white supremacist rally on “both sides.” Presidential advisers are offering no public defense while privately expressing frustration with his comments.

They sang spirituals and observed a moment of silence. Hundreds of people gathered on the University of Virginia campus Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil against hate and violence. They also remembered Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman killed over the weekend when a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The top U.S. military officer says a military solution to the North Korean missile threat would be “horrific” but allowing Pyongyang to develop the capability to launch a nuclear attack on the United States is “unimaginable.” The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, said President Donald Trump directly has “told us to develop credible viable military options and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

President Donald Trump says his endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange had a big impact in Alabama’s Senate primary. Trump used Twitter twice Wednesday to comment on the Alabama Senate race after former state Chief Justice Roy Moore beat Strange by six percentage points, forcing a September runoff between the two Republicans. Trump’s latest tweet says: “Wow, Senator Luther Strange picked up a lot of additional support since my endorsement.” Earlier, Trump congratulated both top finishers.

In partnership with the holders of the leaked Panama Papers, The Associated Press has found that the Thai family that co-owns Red Bull used offshore companies to cloak purchases of aircraft and luxury properties. The firms were revealed after a scion of the family fled to avoid hit-and-run charges. Offshore companies aren’t illegal, but agents for the family were twice warned they weren’t complying with anti-money laundering rules.

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