Things You Need to Know: Augusta + KVCAP Considering a few Extra Bus Runs
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Gov. LePage State of the State address hit on a number of subjects. Centralmaine.com reported he focused on issues that he has decided to support in his last year in office.
Mainers supporting the voter approved Medicaid expansion rallied at the State House last night. WGME reported it happened as Gov. LePage was getting set to give his final State of the State.
Augusta is considering working with KVCAP for a few extra bus runs for senior citizens at housing complexes. According to centralmaine.com it would add an evening and a run on Saturday.
From the Associated Press:
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has visited a hospital in Maine to make a donation and meet with kids. Gronkowski, his father and two of his brothers delivered a $25,000 check to The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center. Hospital chief operating officer Jeffrey Sanders said Tuesday the hospital is grateful and added, "Gronk will always be a champion" to people there. The money was raised through two raffles by the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation, which is dedicated to inspiring young people to reach their maximum potential through sports, education, community and fitness. The raffles were for tickets to the AFC Championship game and the Super Bowl, which the Patriots lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, Hasbro Children's Hospital in Rhode Island and Boston Children's Hospital benefited from the raffles.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democrats say a lot more could have been accomplished during the tenure of Republican Gov. Paul LePage if he'd been willing to work with them. Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon said lawmakers have forgotten over seven years what it's like to have a "well-functioning government" and a governor who's "willing to collaborate."
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman who won a $559.7 million Powerball jackpot is likely to get the money in the coming days as her demand to remain anonymous makes its way through the courts. Judge Charles Temple heard arguments Tuesday from lawyers for the woman and the state. New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre says the woman should be able to claim her winnings as the dispute is decided and that they have been in discussion over transferring the funds.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's fishing managers are considering letting new people into the scallop fishery for the first time in nearly a decade. A legislative committee is set to vote on a proposal to create a license lottery system on Wednesday. The average age of Maine scallop fishermen is higher than 50. The fishery has been closed to new people since 2009.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The National Endowment for the Arts plans to help pay for a public art project in a city square that was spared from development by a referendum. Portland city officials say the city is recommended to receive $30,000 toward the Congress Square public art project. The city wanted to sell most of the half-acre Congress Square Park to a hotel owner but voters decided to protect it in 2014.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Washington County official says he filed an injunction to prevent Republican Gov. Paul LePage from taking further steps to shutter a minimum-security state prison. Chris Gardner, chairman of the Washington County Commission, says he filed the injunction on Tuesday against the state Department of Corrections in Kennebec County Superior Court. Gardner says a hearing will be held on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prominent Republican women are frustrated by President Donald Trump's handling of abuse charges against men in the White House's midst. Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says it's difficult being a Republican woman and having to "fight through" the White House's unclear message to women. Trump has personally offered no words of support to the ex-wives who accused two aides of abuse. The aides denied the charges and resigned. Trump tweeted that lives are being ruined by "mere allegations."
WINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A company tied to President Donald Trump's two grown sons owns a 171-acre preserve in upstate New York that they and others use as a private shooting range. Neighbors in Wingdale, New York, tell The Associated Press that they hear shooting from a wooden tower on the property _ even exploding targets. One neighbor described it as like being in a war zone. The property is permitted as a private shooting preserve, and a representative for the LLC says what happens on the property is private.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Shaun White put together an epic final run to claim gold in Olympic men's halfpipe. The American snowboarding star sliced through the gray South Korean sky to post a score of 97.75 for the third gold medal of his career and the 100th overall gold by the United States in the Winter Games.
BEIRUT (AP) — New fronts have opened up in Syria as President Bashar Assad and his allies push toward final victory and the fight against the Islamic State group draws to an end. This threatens an even broader confrontation among regional and world powers. While large areas of Syria have stabilized, violence has exploded in other areas with renewed ferocity, killing and injuring hundreds in a new and unpredictable spiral of bloodshed.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Mardi Gras party is over in New Orleans. After days of parades, balls, king cake and costumes, Fat Tuesday is over and the city is entering a period of restraint with Lent. Thousands of people took to the streets Tuesday to mark the last day of the Carnival season. They watched the parades put on by Rex and Zulu as well as the truck parades that roll through the streets afterward. People roamed the French Quarter in fancy costumes often sewn by hand, drinking cocktails and taking pictures.