May 1, 2013

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In its decision, the court ruled that the federal government may not prohibit direct corporate and union spending on advertising for candidates’ elections.


ACLU will honor Delogu for commitment to rights

Orlando Delogu, professor emeritus at the University of Maine School of Law, will be honored Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine at the Harraseeket Inn with the Justice Louis Scolnik Award.

Delogu, whose career at the law school has spanned 47 years, is a founding member of the ACLU of Maine. He oversaw the organization’s growth from 1967 through 1973.

The award was established in 1989 to honor members of the legal community who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the protection of civil liberties. The award is named for former Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Louis Scolnik, the first president of the Maine Civil Liberties Union, now ACLU of Maine.

State House’s dome will get new $1.2 million copper top

The Maine State House, known to many by its patina-green dome, will get a new copper top.

Legislative leaders have approved a plan to remove the present copper covering, which has grown thin and leaky over the 103 years it’s been in place, and replace it with new copper. The plan was approved Monday and is set to start next spring.

The $1.2 million cost requires no new appropriation or borrowing. The old copper will be recycled and cut into small pieces for mementos.

Proposal to exempt silver, gold from sales taxes dies

The Legislature has killed a bill to make gold and silver legal tender and exempt it from sales taxes.

The Senate rejected the bill Tuesday. The House voted against the bill last week.

Supporters saw it as a way to draw some of the multimillion-dollar coin trade show business away from New Hampshire. They also said passage would give Mainers opportunities to buy locally, which would help Maine businesses.

But opponents were skittish about creating a new tax exemption, saying it could encourage other requests for tax breaks.


Man gets four-month term for thefts at two ski areas

A Livermore Falls man has been sentenced to serve four months in jail for breaking into two Maine ski areas.

Ronald Davis II was sentenced recently for thefts at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington and Spruce Mountain Ski Slope in Jay.

Police say Davis, 23, stole $670 and portable radios from Titcomb Mountain in March 2012, and took radios from Spruce Mountain in November and drove a municipal bulldozer to the top of the mountain.


States to seek federal grant to fund bridge replacement

Maine and New Hampshire plan to apply for a $25 million federal grant to replace a bridge that was damaged by an oil tanker.

The Portsmouth Herald reported that the states will apply for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant for the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.

The states expect to pay about $12.5 million each for the replacement, which is expected to begin next year and be complete by 2017.

The bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery has been closed for repairs since it was struck April 1. It is expected to reopen by May 25.

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