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(5TYNTK) Thursday, February 2, 2023


  1. Police arrested a teen from North Jay for allegedly shooting his older brother on Tuesday, according to the Sun Journal. The 17-year-old boy was reportedly charged with aggravated assault after an argument allegedly led to him pull out a handgun and shoot his 20-year-old brother at a home on Pleasant Drive. The victim was taken by LifeFlight to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. He’s reportedly in stable condition. (WGME)


  1. The Biden administration plans to let the coronavirus public health emergency expire in May, the White House said on Monday, a sign that federal officials believe the pandemic has moved into a new, less dire phase. Ending the emergency will prompt complex changes in the cost of Covid tests and treatments that Americans are accustomed to getting for free. Any charges they face will vary depending on whether they have private insurance, Medicare coverage, Medicaid coverage or no health insurance. What state they live in could also be a factor. (NYT)


  1. There’s a looming deadline you should know about if you receive help from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.  As of March 1, 2023, Emergency Maximum Assistance benefits for SNAP will end entirely, and monthly payment amounts will return to normal. That means Americans will be losing out on an average of $82 per month of extra money they had been receiving over the course of the pandemic. When payments return to normal one month from now, the amount a household receives will be based on family income and size.  (NCM)


  1. Legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady announced on Wednesday that he’s retiring from the league “for good.” Brady, the 199th pick of the 2000 draft, called it quits in a video posted to social media after 23 seasons in the NFL and seven Super Bowl wins. He’s widely considered to be the best NFL quarterback to ever play. He finishes with 89,214 passing yards, 649 passing touchdowns, and three league MVPs. (CBS)

5. Today is Groundhog Day! People gathered at Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania this morning as members of Punxsutawney Phil’s “inner circle” summoned him from his tree stump at dawn to learn if he had seen his shadow. According to folklore, if he sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, spring comes early. Punxsutawney Phil has predicted six more weeks of winter after emerging from his burrow. (NC)

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