Things You Need to Know: Harvey Update + Windsor Fair Worker Dies
Here are the things you need to know today……
The rain from Harvey had dropped at least 49 inches of rain southeast of Houston. And that area is still seeing some rain. According to the BDN it is the most ever recorded from a tropical weather system in the Lower 48
According to the BDN, the Bangor City Council voted to join a number of communities around the US in recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday of every October. The same day as Christopher Columbus Day.
A 42 year old Massachusetts man that had been working at the Windsor Fair died and was found in one of the fair parking lots this week. According to centralmaine.com his death is not considered suspicious.
Waterville Police are looking for the driver of a tractor trailer that pulled down a communications cable to a level where a trash truck caught it tore it down. According to centralmaine.com to happened behind Dunkin Donuts on College Avenue.
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From the Associated Press:
A Lewiston school is banning cellphones over concerns about social media addiction and bullying. The Sun Journal reports Lewiston Middle School will roll out an online app for students, parents and teachers to report bullying. School district officials also are working on a social media guide for parents and staff. Two middle school students died last school year. School officials found cruel online comments following the deaths and misuse of social media during school hours.
Maine’s governor says he has appointed a labor department director Julie Rabinowitz as his new press secretary. Rabinowitz will start as Gov. Paul LePage’s press secretary on Sept. 5. She’s held management and executive positions in government and non-profit organizations.
A leading Republican lawmaker is pushing back against the latest accusation of ethics violations involving his campaign and leadership political action committee. Maine ethics commissioners on Wednesday are set to discuss a fine against Cushing for failing to report financial activity including loans to a family business.
A second major shelter has opened in Houston following Harvey’s landfall and it’s welcoming the first of up to 10,000 evacuees. At least 10 buses pulled up to the NRG Center on the south side of the city just before midnight Tuesday. Those in wheelchairs entered first, followed by the first of what officials said could be up to 2,000 people by sunrise Wednesday at the conference hall adjacent to the decommissioned Astrodome and the city’s NFL stadium.
Gov. John Bel Edwards says Louisiana is offering to shelter storm victims from Texas while the state also helps its own residents who were rescued from Harvey’s floodwaters overnight. Edwards said at a news conference Tuesday in Baton Rouge that he expects Texas officials to decide within 48 hours whether to accept the offer and transport flood victims to Louisiana shelters.
Photos with pleas for help in finding the missing from Tropical Storm Harvey are being posted and retweeted by the thousands as desperate family members seek loved ones who they fear might be dead, but may only have a dead phone. No official number of missing has been released Tuesday night amid the vast uncertainty of the storm’s fourth day. But dozens of missing-person photos are circulating on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter of toddlers, brothers and grandfathers who are unaccounted-for.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says his country will “fully and completely” abide by U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions on North Korea. Wang told reporters Wednesday China would work with other members of the council on how best to react to North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday.
East Africa is far-removed from the Gulf, but it has been shaken by the Arab diplomatic crisis gripping Qatar. In recent years both Qatar and the other energy-rich nations arrayed against it have made inroads in the Horn of Africa by establishing military bases, managing ports and showering friendly nations with foreign aid. As the rivalry heats up, East African nations stand to gain or lose from an increasingly fierce competition for influence.