Senator King Addresses Congress
(Washington, DC) Saying he in no way could justify or support the violence, Maine’s Independent Senator Angus King said protestors came to the Capitol following months of messages by President Trump that the November election was fraudulent. King said leaders have an obligation to tell the truth. King noted it’s easy to confront one’s opponents, hard to confront one’s friends, hard to tell your supporters something they don’t want to hear. But, he said, that “is our obligation as leaders.”
Red Cross Urges Convalescent Plasma Donations
(Bangor) With the spike in COVID-19 patients, the American Red Cross is facing a critical shortage of convalescent plasma – plasma from those who have recovered from the virus. But what if you never experienced symptoms and are unsure if you had it? Communications Manager Mary Brant tells Star 97.7, that’s all the more reason to schedule that donor appointment. If you have questions about COVID-19 and a blood donation, visit Red Cross Blood dot org backslash plasma 4 (the number 4) Covid.
Camden Upgrade Town Meeting
(Camden) – Camden voters will decide whether to approve a $2-point-3 million dollar plan to upgrade town buildings, including energy efficient projects. Village Soup dot come reports that decision will come from people’s cars at a special town meeting on January 25th. Voters will park outside the Camden Snow Bowl to see if they’ll approve financing the project which will also solve several deficiencies at various town buildings.
Department of Labor Stats
(Augusta) The Maine Department of Labor recorded about 3,900 initial claims filed for state unemployment insurance and 250 initial claims filed for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for the week ending January 2nd. Maine DOL says it typically sees increases in state unemployment claims this time of year due to seasonal layoffs that occur every winter, although some industries such as construction, landscaping, and temporary help have seen increased impact due to COVID-19.
Strong Elementary Lockdown
(Strong) Strong Elementary School went into lockdown Thursday morning after authorities say a man tried to force his way inside. According to police, 27-year-old Christian Richards of Strong was banging on windows and threatening school staff, prompting school officials to call 9-1-1. Richards was arrested and charged with terrorizing. The school was in lockdown for about an hour.
CDC Statistics – Thursday
(Augusta) – Coronavirus has claimed 13 more lives in Maine and 540-more people have contracted the virus. The latest figures from the Maine CDC puts the state death toll up to 385 people. Three of yesterday’s deaths came in Hancock County. Hospitals are now treating 202 infected people, with 55 of those patients in critical care. It’s the first time the hospitalized total has climbed over 200-people.
CDC Briefing – Travel
(Augusta) How will roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine affect travel and travel restrictions between states? Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah says it’s really too early to tell. Shah says the biggest unknown is whether the vaccine reduces the likelihood of spreading or harboring the disease.
Salmon Product Company Denies Lawsuit Claims
(Belfast) A Maine-based smoked salmon producer is defending itself against claims that its products are not sustainably produced. WABI-TV reports a resident of New York alleges in a lawsuit that Ducktrap River of Maine fails to use sustainable practices, despite claims on labels attached to the company’s salmon products. The Norwegian company that operates Ducktrap through a subsidiary denies the allegations, saying its products are “sustainably and responsibly sourced.”
Schools Receive Coronavirus Funding
(Augusta) Schools have longer deadlines to spend monies from the latest federal coronavirus relief package, with the new funds available through September 30, 2023. The U.S. Department of Education is awarding Maine’s K-12 schools $183 million as part of the federal coronavirus relief package. Educators are being urged to spend the money to reopen schools, to measure and address learning loss, and to take other actions to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
- The Celtics are home tonight against the Washington Wizards
- The Mets have obtained shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco from the Cleveland Indians in what’s been the biggest trade so far in the off season.
- The U-Maine hockey team will play Vermont this weekend. Maine is 0-3-and-1 to start the season.