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The legislative session is under way. We’ll discuss priorities with 2 legislative leaders .
And they’re off legislators from around Maine have been back in session for a couple weeks now and they face a huge variety of important issues from implementing a new marijuana law to figuring out whether and how to conform to the new federal tax code there also bills on reducing mains bottle deposit expanding opioid addiction treatment for the homeless and further restricting where sex offenders can live I’m Jennifer rocks today on Main calling we will talk with 2 members of the Legislative leadership about these bills and more. What would you like to ask House Majority Leader Aaron her big and Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason about legislative priorities this session . What might get done calling is next . But first , this news .
Live from NPR News. In Washington , I’m Lakshmi saying the 3 day partial government shutdown is coming to an end senators have reached an agreement to support a less than 3 weeks stopgap funding bill that lawmakers say should have the government up and running . Later today , NPR Susan Davis has details Senate Democrats ceded to political pressure and Republican demands to end the shutdown with little to immediately show for it . The stop-gap measure will run for 3 weeks through February 8th one week shorter than the original bill they rejected that led to the shutdown . Democrats say they have extracted a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to begin debate on immigration legislation if a deal is not reached by that February 8th deadline . Democrats won a deal that creates a pathway to citizenship for children who are brought to the US illegally by their families . However , it remains unclear what President Ron Paul agreed to in the immigration negotiations and whether or not it can pass the House Susan Davis , NPR News , the capital , an unusually contrite Pope Francis has apologized for wounding many victims of clerical sex abuse in his defense of a Chilean bishop who was suspected of covering up a pedophile priest . But as NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli tells us the pontiff insists the bishop is innocent .
Speaking on his flight home from Latin America , the pope said he realized he had wounded many people who were abused he offered his apologies and said I heard them without realizing it. It pains me very much in reply to a question last week about Bishop one battles , the pope said . The day I see proof against him . Then I will talk , there is no evidence against him . It is all slander adding is that clear . The remark prompted widespread criticism for the pope’s handling of clerical sex abuse on Sunday , the pope said his words were unfortunate a slap in the faces of abuse victims but He added : I cannot condemn bottles because I have no evidence and because I am convinced he is innocent so people Jolie , NPR News . Rome .
The Transportation Safety Administration is imposing tighter security requirements on cargo that’s coming from 5 Middle Eastern nations. We have more on this from NPR’s Greg Meyer .
All 5 were mostly Muslim countries , Egypt , Saudi Arabia , Jordan Qatar and United Arab Emirates and they’re all US allies but the TSA says they’ve been name because of quote demonstrated intent by terrorist groups to attack aviation in these nations. They were also listed last year when US imposed a ban on passengers carrying laptops and other electronic devices . Larger than a cell phone all cargo is screened airlines in these countries will be required to provide additional details on packages such as the origin . The person sending it where it’s going , and its contents Gregory NPR News , Washington .
US stocks are trading higher , with the Dow up 63 points to 26,134 Nasdaq is a 47 points. S&P 500 up 12 this is NPR News .
This is Main Public Radio news. Good afternoon . I’m a regressive 1 Maine Senator Susan Collins says negotiations held in her congressional office this weekend led to the compromise budget measure that is on its way to passage today , Cohen says a bipartisan group of 25 senators eventually took part in the talks . Compromise . They came up with includes 3 weeks of government funding and a promise from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to have the Senate deal during those 3 weeks with Dr. protections for young people brought here illegally as children a trial now underway in Bangalore seeking justice for the killing nearly 4 decades in the past . Joyce McClain was a teenager went jogging one day in 1981 and never returned . Her body was found 2 days later . But authorities struggled for years to find enough evidence to charge the man they thought might have committed the crime then prosecutor Leanne Robin told a court today Philip Fournier spoke to clergymen .
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I murdered Joyce McClain prosecutor Robin quoting Philip Fournier during her opening statement today informing us murder trial being held in Bangalore. The defense in its opening statement said there are holes in the state’s case the fire marshal’s office says a woman was found dead in a burning home in the town of sorry for fire was reported late yesterday , an official said they were recovered the body of a woman , believed to be the home’s occupant W Abi TV reports the victim’s name has not yet been released . Maine Public Radio news time his approaching one who 6 .
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From the Main Public Radio studios in August. I’m Jennifer Brooks in this is Main calling there are hundreds of bills before the Maine legislature and a few have already made headlines for example marijuana regulation and bottle deposits signature-gathering at main polls . What else is on the horizon . Today I have 2 legislative leaders with me to discuss that and more in the studio with me air her big , a Democrat from Belfast , who is House Majority Leader and Gary Mason is a Republican from Lisbon Falls in the Senate Majority Leader . As always , who won here from you , which issues , do you want your legislators to focus on first and foremost , this session . Our phone number 1-803 9-9 3-5 6-6 , you can send a brief email to talk at main public.org tweet at calling or post of the main calling Facebook page . Welcome back to both of you . New Year and how dare I think I don’t know , get all start with you enter the legislative priorities for your caucus session .
Well , my first legislative priority showing my dad around my dad had made out of the newly elected member from Lisbon. He ran for the seat after my mom passed away . So the first thing is getting himself so he’s been having a great time but legislatively it’s my committee work in veterans illegal affairs a chair that committee and we have a lot of stuff going on in there , which we will talk about . I’m sure with rain choice voting in and a liquor and lottery enforcement issues but getting through my committee work is probably first and foremost . But we have a lot of issues in front of us that really didn’t get resolved in the first session that we’re still trying to to grapple with . This is Ben . I would say , and I think you’re in would agree that this is probably been the most difficult legislative session that we’ve had in my 7 years and Agusta . So we still have a lot of issues to wade through but I’m really focused on my the LA work at the moment .
Okay. And what about , you know what are the priorities of your caucus .
Sure , I think priorities still sit for why I ran for office , 8 years ago , that was just because I I grew up in Belfast and I thought , too many young people leaving the state of Maine , particularly rural man I know this is something that Garrett and I’ve had conversations about and when it comes to keeping and people here and attracting young families to the state. It’s all about economic development job creation . So what we can do to redevelop rural Maine . So we can continue to compete in today’s modern economy .