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Things You Need to Know: ‘Best Places to Work in Maine’ Awards

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‘Best Places to Work in Maine’ awards have been given out. WABI reports there are 80 companies on the list. Edward Jones was the large business category winner. Patriot Subaru of Saco the medium business winner, Maine Information Network of Augusta as the small company winner. Here is the list.

Winthrop may be getting a Dunkin Donuts on Main Street. According to WABI if its approved it would be in the old Bank of America building.

Authorities are investigating a possible hate crime at Cobbossee Colony Golf Course in Monmouth. According to WABI the vandalism included a on the first green.

Owens Corning is closing its Brunswick facility. According to the Sun Journal 60 people will loose their jobs. Its a cost saving more for the company.

Next month on Election Day  Waterville voters will do that Thomas College.  Centralmaine.com reports  Harold Alfond Athletic Center met all of the city’s needs and Waterville is working with KVCAP to help those who do not drive , and did not vote absentee, get to the polls.

Dixfield fire officials say a fire that destroyed a home in Dixfield in the kitchen. WGME reports they are unsure of the cause because of the damage.  No one was home at the time it started.  One of the family dogs was saves by CPR.

From the Associated Press:

Three out of four members of Maine’s congressional delegation favor a ban on “bump stocks” like the device used by the Las Vegas gunman to turn semi-automatic weapons into rapid-fire guns. The Sun-Journal reports independent Sen. Angus King, Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin and Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree all favor bans. A representative for Republican Sen. Susan Collins said the senator believes the use of bump stocks “warrants further examination.”

The state of Maine says it has received a reprieve from national proof-of-identity standards as it works to comply with that law. That means Mainers can use their IDs to board commercial aircraft. The Maine Secretary of State says it has received a grace period from enforcement of the federal REAL ID Act until Jan. 22. The act’s requirements include the use of facial recognition technology on license photos and the retention of copies of birth certificates.

Maine’s U.S. senators say the federal government is providing more than $2 million to a Portland organization that serves the homeless population. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding the money to Preble Street. The organization helps the homeless community, including but not limited to veterans, with issues such as housing and food.

Maine fishing regulators are holding public hearings about proposed restrictions that would affect the upcoming scallop harvesting season. The Maine Department of Maine Resources says it’s considering limiting access to scallop fishing areas such as Casco Bay, the Sheepscot River and Muscongus Bay. It’s also considering maintaining closures in areas including the Damariscotta River, New Meadows River and Ocean Point.

An attorney says a Maine man who spent 27 years in prison for a murder conviction in the killing of his teenage girlfriend is the victim of a long-standing cover-up. The case of Tony Sanborn’s murder conviction returned to court Tuesday and is getting another look because of new testimony from a witness and questions about the conduct of police and prosecutors involved in it. Sanborn’s defense says investigators looked for ways to implicate him, but prosecutors say that’s impossible.

A Southern California wildfire that destroyed 14 buildings _ most of them homes _ is now 40 percent contained. Fire officials say winds that propelled the blaze across 12.5 square miles of northern Orange County have eased and a cooler, wetter marine layer of air should help the fight Tuesday night.

A family member says an elderly couple who died in a California wildfire was together since grade school and celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary last year. The couple’s son said his 100-year-old father and 98-year-old mother grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and went to college in the state together.

A tribute to last week’s mass shooting victims preceded the Vegas Golden Knights opener against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday. Members of the Golden Knights organization accompanied 26 first-responders onto the ice. Eight nurses, seven firefighters, six police officers, three paramedics and two doctors were recognized before the debut of the city’s first major league professional sports franchise.

President Donald Trump says he has spoken with California Gov. Jerry Brown to let him know that “the federal government will stand with the people of California.” At least 15 people have died in wildfires in the northern part of the state and at least 2,000 homes, business and other structures have been destroyed.

Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans have fled to the U.S. mainland to escape the immediate aftermath of Hurricane. With conditions still grim back home _ about 85 percent of residents still lack electricity and 40 percent are without running water, and neither service is expected to be fully restored for months _ many find themselves scrambling to build new lives away from the island.

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