1. Security checkpoints would be eliminated at more than 150 smaller U.S. airports under a plan being considered by the Transportation Security Administration. Passengers would instead be screened when they arrived at larger airports after their initial flight. The proposal raises questions about whether would-be terrorists could penetrate the nation’s air system at the airports lacking screening or commander smaller shuttle aircraft and use them to damage buildings or other infrastructure. In September 2001, two hijackers began their travels in Portland in an effort to escape notice. They flew on a commuter plane to Boston, where they boarded an American Airlines Boeing 767, took control of the jet in flight and crashed it into the World Trade Center, causing the deaths of more than 1,600 people on Sept. 11. The TSA said no decision has been made on the plan.
2. Welcome to Maine. Please don’t eat the lobster. That’s the message PETA is sending to arriving passengers at the state’s largest airport this month. The animal rights group has bought a month’s worth of ads at the Portland International Jetport that feature a lobster holding a sign proclaiming, “I’m ME, Not Meat.” PETA’s ad campaign at the airport was launched to coincide with the Maine Lobster Festival, which kicked off in Rockland this week. The festival said it attracts about 30,000 people to the five-day event.
3. Participating Dairy Queen locations will donate one dollar or more from every Blizzard treat sold on Thursday, August 2, 2018 to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Here in Maine, that money will go to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center and the EMHS Foundation.
(News Center Maine)
4. An amendment preventing a confusing labeling requirement from moving forward was approved Wednesday by the U.S. Senate. The amendment, authored by Republican Sen. Susan Collins and co-sponsored by Sen. Angus King, an independent, puts an end to an FDA proposal that would require maple syrup and honey labels to indicate the products contain “added sugar.” The controversial requirement was designed to help consumers follow updated federal nutrition guidelines and alert them to excess sugar in their diets that could contribute to health problems such as obesity and diabetes. But maple syrup and honey are naturally high in sugar, and they triggered the labeling requirement even though neither product contains added sugars such as high-fructose corn syrup or cane sugar.
5. Saturday, September 1 (Labor Day Weekend) Hot 104.7 & Grass Monkey Present another #HOTSHOW starring Lil Jon at the State Theatre. Tickets are ON SALE HERE! Charge by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at the Port City Music Hall box office Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM or online at Hot1047Maine.com.