Things You Need to Know: Fireball Bottler Fights Proposed Ban on Maine ‘Nips’ Sales
Here are the things you need to know today……
Travis Mills had a chance to meet with the Vice President recently. According to his Facebook page it was to talk about the new Travis Mills Veterans Retreat. Travis even had a chance to meet the President.
From the Associated Press:
The public comment period is over for a federal review of more than two dozen national monuments, including Maine’s new monument in the Katahdin region. President Donald Trump ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to conduct the review of monuments. Among the monuments Trump wants to review is Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, which President Barack Obama designed as a monument last summer.
The Louisiana-based bottler of Fireball liquor is fighting against the Republican governor’s proposed ban on in-state sales of tiny alcohol bottles. The company Sazerac calls the proposed ban politically motivated, anti-business and unsupported by relevant evidence. The future of the popular, shot-sized “nips” in Maine is in the hands of a state liquor bureau set to vote Tuesday. (more info)
Maine’s Democratic attorney general says she will run next year to replace a Republican governor with whom she has often clashed. Janet Mills announced her 2018 gubernatorial run Monday in a prepared statement. Other announced candidates in the race include LePage’s former health and human services commissioner Republican Mary Mayhew.
A new report says the man who set up a meeting last year for a Russian lawyer to give Donald Trump Jr. potentially damaging material about Hillary Clinton indicated in an email to Trump Jr. that the Russian government was the source of the information. The New York Times report Monday cited three unnamed people with knowledge of the email from music publicist Rob Goldstone.
Officials say 16 people died in a Marine Corps plane crash in rural Mississippi. Leflore County Emergency Management Director Fred Randle told local media late Monday that 16 bodies were recovered after the KC-130 refueling tanker spiraled to the ground into a soybean field. The Marine Corps says it operated the plane but hasn’t said where the flight began or where it was going.
The Islamic State group’s mix of a local insurgency and digitally-connected global jihadis gives the group staying power and the means to relaunch its future. The impending loss of Mosul and Raqqa will cut out the urban heart of its self-proclaimed caliphate, but the extremist organization has built-in plans to endure and has shown years of flexibility that will be difficult to counteract.
Two years have passed since an Associated Press investigation spurred a rescue leading to the release of more than 2,000 fishermen enslaved on remote Indonesian islands. The euphoria they felt during reunions with relatives has long faded. Occasional stories of happiness and opportunity have surfaced, but their fight to start over has largely been narrated by shame and struggle.
The defense attorney for a U.S. soldier arrested on terrorism charges says it appears his client may suffer from service-related mental health issues that the government was aware of but neglected to treat. Birney Bervar says Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was a decorated veteran of two deployments. Kang served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.