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Ice crystals cling to the window of a shed in Scarborough on Tuesday as temperatures hovered in the teens with a fierce wind chill for much of the day.
Derek Davis/Staff Photographer
Nichols said most of those who attended the hearing want the state to set individual elver fishing quotas. Others are backing a derby-style limit in which fishermen could go after elvers until reaching a predetermined limit.
The elver fishing season begins in March.AUGUSTADemocratic lawmakers tout tax revenue sharing bill
The Democratic co-chairwomen of the Legislature’s budget-writing committee are backing a bill to prevent reductions in state aid to towns and cities.
Democratic Rep. Peggy Rotundo of Lewiston and Sen. Dawn Hill of Cape Neddick say their measure would restore $40 million in revenue sharing. They say more than $29 million would provide tax relief for homeowners while the rest would benefit commercial property owners.
Cities and towns face losing $40 million in state aid if lawmakers don’t come up with savings in the state budget by reducing or eliminating tax breaks.
Maine’s municipalities have already faced significant cuts. They typically received 5 percent of all state sales and income tax revenue, or about $145 million. But about $73 million was cut this fiscal year and about $83 million the next.SEABROOK, N.H.Police officers suspended for video showing violence
Three police officers in Seabrook, N.H., have been suspended after a video surfaced showing an officer slamming a suspect into a wall at the police station more than four years ago.
Town Manager Bill Manzi tells the Portsmouth Herald the officers were put on paid administrative leave Tuesday, one day after the video appeared on YouTube. The video, dated Nov. 11, 2009, shows three officers walking a shirtless man down a hall. One of the officers slams the man into a wall and he falls to the floor. A struggle follows and the suspect eventually falls out of view. Two officers stand smiling over the downed man.
Neither the officers nor the man are identified. The person who posted the video did not respond to an email seeking comment. A police dispatcher said there would be no comment from the department.PORTSMOUTH, N.H.Police won’t charge senator for hitting a pedestrian
New Hampshire police say a state senator will not face charges after she drove over a curb and hit a pedestrian in Portsmouth last year.
Martha Fuller Clark had told police that she “blacked out” before the Nov. 1 accident. She struck 67-year-old Carla Dow of Kittery Point, Maine. Dow suffered bruises and cuts.
Police tell the Portsmouth Herald that tests show the 71-year-old senator was not impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time.
Fuller Clark’s lawyer, Wilfred “Jack” Sanders, said the senator is “obviously sorry” about the crash and wishes Dow well.
Sanders says Fuller Clark voluntarily surrendered her driver’s license after the accident and may try to get it back. Meanwhile, Fuller Clark is trying to determine if a medical issue contributed to the accident.PROVIDENCE, R.I.Governor wants to wait and see about legal marijuana
Don’t expect Rhode Island to legalize the recreational use of marijuana – at least not this year.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Tuesday that the state should see how laws legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington play out before considering similar steps.
Rhode Island last year eliminated criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Those caught with pot now receive something more like a traffic ticket.
Chafee, a Democrat, says it’s premature to consider bigger changes until the impact of decriminalization is understood.
The Washington D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project has said it believes Rhode Island could be one of the next states to legalize the drug. Supporters say they’ll back legislation this year to legalize small amounts of pot and subject it to alcohol-style taxes and regulations.
– From staff and news services