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Things You Need to Know: Brunswick PD Looking for ATM + Great Race is Coming to Central Maine

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Here are the things you need to  know today……

Zone forecast from Maine.gov

Brunswick Police are looking for an ATM what was stolen from the Miss Brunswick Diner on Halloween. According to their Facebook page they company is offering a $2,500 reward for information.

Kennebec Valley YMCA has a new new home economics course . According to centralmaine.com they are teaching basic fundamental skills of cooking, nutrition, sewing, and financial budgeting life skills.

The Great Race is coming to Central Maine next summer. Centralamaine.com reports is will happen during the Whatever Festival with stops in Gardiner and teams staying in  Augusta.

From the Associated Press:

Supporters of ranked-choice voting are well on their way to collecting enough signatures for a referendum on the issue in June. The group wants to overturn a law that delayed the state’s implementation of ranked-choice voting until 2021.

An elementary school in Lewiston will be closed Monday because of mold. WMTW-TV reports that the mold was confined to an office space at Longley Elementary School but the entire building will be closed as a precaution.

Authorities say a man was killed when his car apparently went off the road and struck a large tree in Maine. The body of Carroll L. Morton, of Casco, was discovered around 6:30 p.m. Saturday when a Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy came across the single-car crash. Alcohol is believed to be a factor. An investigation is continuing.

U.S. Sen. Angus King wants Maine residents to get more time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act given that much of the state was without electricity during the first week of the enrollment period. King, an independent, wrote to the federal government this week asking that the enrollment period be extended for Maine residents.

Several people have been taken to the hospital after a fire broke out at a mobile home park in Durham. The fire at the County Acres park started around 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Maine’s big game hunting seasons are entering their final two weeks for 2017. The main hunting seasons for deer, bear and moose all end on Nov. 25. The state offered 60 fewer permits for moose this year, but far more for deer.

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is going to host a job fair to fill about 160 positions. The job fair is on Tuesday at the Regatta Banquet and Conference Center in Eliot from noon until 8 p.m. There are job opportunities in engineering, trades, inspection and for chemists. Applicants with more than two years of experience can submit a resume as well as speak with hiring managers, eliminating an online process and potentially reducing the normal hiring timeline by up to 90 days.

An appeals board has rescinded a permit for a $30 million expansion of a botanical garden in Maine months after work began. The Bangor Daily News reports that the Boothbay Board of Appeals ruled on Thursday in favor of property owners who border the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. The board says the organization was classified as a museum, which is not allowed in the watershed. An organization official says they will return to court to “correct the Board of Appeals’ unfortunate error.”

A trade group says Maine’s wild blueberry crop fell sharply this summer to land below 100 million pounds for the first time in four years. Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine executive director Nancy McBrady says preliminary industry figures show the crop coming in at about 65 million pounds. It’s more than enough for Maine to remain far and away the wild blueberry capital of the country, but a sharp drop from recent years.

Senators from Maine and Pennsylvania say they want to streamline the application process for a federal program that provides nutritious food to senior citizens. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania call their effort the Nourishing Our Golden Years Act. They say it would reduce the burden on states in administrating a U.S. Department of Agriculture program known as the Senior Food Box. Collins says the program, also called the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, provides critical fruits, vegetables and non-perishable foods to senior citizens. She says her proposal would help make certain more seniors don’t have to choose between buying food and paying their bills. Collins and Casey say more than 10 million adults age 60 or over experienced food insecurity in 2014.

Iranian state media say that a powerful earthquake that shook the Iran-Iraq border late on Sunday has killed more than 140 people and injured 860 in Iran alone. The Baghdad government has not immediately given word on damage or casualties in that country. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.3 quake was centered outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja. It struck at a depth of 23.2 kilometers (14.4 miles), a shallow depth that can have broader damage. Magnitude 7 earthquakes are capable of widespread, heavy damage. The quake was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast. Its worst damage appeared to be in Iran’s western Kermanshah province, which sits in the Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq.

President Donald Trump is ignoring questions about human rights abuses as he meets with the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte (doo-TEHR’-tay). Trump says he and Duterte have “had a great relationship.” Duterte has come under fierce criticism from human rights groups for overseeing a violent drug war complete with extrajudicial killings.

Saudi Arabia’s mission to the United Nations says the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen will begin reopening airports and seaports in the Arab world’s poorest country. The mission made the announcement in a statement early on Monday. The statement says: “The first step in this process will be taken within 24 hours and involves reopening all the ports in areas controlled by” Yemen’s internationally recognized government.

An Associated Press investigation has found that a secretive evangelical church has used positions of authority, deception and intimidation to bring children into the sect or keep them from leaving. Former members of Word of Faith Fellowship say the children are exposed to violent church practices aimed at expelling devils. Ex-members say at least two dozen children were separated from their parents and raised by other families in the North Carolina-based church.

Thirteen-year-old Nabi Hussain couldn’t swim and had never even seen the sea before fleeing his village in Myanmar. But he clung to an empty yellow plastic cooking oil container all the way across the water to Bangladesh, for about 2 1/2 miles. Rohingya Muslims like Nabi escaping the violence in their homeland of Myanmar are now so desperate that some are trying to swim to safety in neighboring Bangladesh. In just a week, more than three dozen boys and young men swam to Bangladesh.

 

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